I’m so excited to introduce you to visionary artist, Kat Heckenbach and a figment of her brilliant imagination. Angel, her imaginary interviewer, also works full-time as the protagonist of Heckenbach’s Toch Island Series. I’ve included links below, so you can get a taste of the readable delicacies in Heckenbach’s trilogy. Enjoy our fun twist on an author interview.
Character Tour post, by Kat Heckenbach, author of Finding Angel
Angel: Hi. My name is, um, Angel. Yeah, I know, odd name. I get that a lot. But it’s what my charm bracelet says, and since that’s the only thing I have from the past that I couldn’t remember when I was found by Mr. and Mrs. Mason when I was six…
Oh, sorry. That’s not why I’m here. I mean it is—my story is why I’m here. But I’m not here to tell you that story. The whole thing is written out in a book. Yep, Kat Heckenbach wrote a book all about me. And today I’m going to ask her some questions about it. I bet you’d have questions for someone if they wrote a whole book about your life, wouldn’t you? Yeah. So, here we go.
Angel: Miss Kat, I—
Kat: You can just call me Kat, Angel. “Miss Kat” makes me feel like a preschool teacher. 😉
A: Oh, okay then. Kat…what made you decide to write a book? And did you know it would be about me when you started?
K: Let me answer those the other way around, if that’s okay. I definitely didn’t know it would be about you, specifically. I knew it would be about a girl, somewhere around your age, but I didn’t have all the details. I remember that age well (although junior high feels like a long time ago!) and it was a time in my life when I really started getting into reading fantasy.
A: Ooh! I love fantasy! It’s my favorite genre!
K: Yeah, mine, too. I loved the whole idea of being magic and finding a hidden world or something.
(Angel gives Kat a strange look.)
K: You okay, Angel?
A: Yeah…it’s just that….well…for me, that pretty much came true.
K: Yeah, I know. I, um, wrote it.
A: Oh, right. Duh. Go ahead.
K: Anyway, your name came from my daughter. She was on this kick about naming all her stuffed animals and such “Angel.” It was literally the first thing that popped into my head. So I started there.
A: Cool! But you still haven’t answered about what made you want to write.
K: Right. Sorry. Like I said, I really got into reading fantasy when I was your age. I read all the time. My favorite place was in this tree in my back yard.
A: A tree? Really? Mine too!
K: Well, mine was this cool tree that was kind of knocked over, so it stuck out of the ground at an angle. I could actually walk up it, and sit at the top where a big branch stuck straight up. I would lean against the branch like a chair back.
(Angel’s eyes widen.)
A: That sounds just like my tree!
(Kat smiles again.)
K: That’s an odd coincidence. Is yours way in the back? Like by the back fence?
K: I bet you like to look out across the neighbor’s yard, too. My neighbor had this big, open field—
A: Mine too! Whoa, that’s so cool! I wonder if we have anything else in common! Do you have any brothers? I have three! My youngest brother is really cool and loves bugs.
K: Well, I do have one brother, but he’s not very into bugs. My son is, though. He loves them. We even count his bug-hunting as part of his homeschooling sometimes.
A: My little brother, Zack, homeschools, too. Wow…I bet they’d get along great.
(Kat stifles a chuckle.)
K: I bet they would.
(Angel nods and bites her lip.)
A: So, Mis—I mean, Kat. What else do you like to do beside write and read fantasy?
K: I draw. Mostly with charcoal pencil.
A: No. Way. I draw, too! And charcoal is totally my favorite medium. That’s just weird…
K: Yep, pretty weird.
A: But we can’t have everything in common. (*arches one eyebrow*)
K: Oh, surely not.
A: I mean, like…I bet you weren’t a nerd in school like me. And I bet you don’t like science, do you? Not many artsy types are into science. (*crosses arms and looks confidently*)
K: Total nerd. And my college degree is in Biology.
(Angel shakes her head as if to clear it.)
A: How tall are you?
A: Five-eight! Hah!
K: I was five-eight at your age, too, Angel.
(Angel eyes Kat’s hair and points.)
A: You’re not a redhead.
K: Nope…not anymore. My hair has gotten darker as I got older.
A: Oh…this is just too bizarre. Even weirder than finding out magic is real…
(Kat smiles and leans forward, lowers her voice.)
K: Maybe it is magic…
Kat Heckenbach is a graduate of the University of Tampa, Magna Cum Laude, B.S. in Biology. She spent several years teaching, but never in a traditional classroom–everything from Art to Algebra II—and now homeschools her two children. Her writing spans the gamut from inspirational personal essays to dark and disturbing fantasy and horror, with over forty short fiction and nonfiction credits to her name. Her debut novel, MG fantasy Finding Angel, is available in print and ebook. Enter her world at www.katheckenbach.com and www.findingangel.com.
Where can I get my hands on these magical delights?
Check out the Toch Island Chronicles and more on Amazon, or request Kat Heckenbach’s novels at your favorite retailer