Interview Time! Kourtney Hientz

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You’ve read the review of The Six Train To Wisconsin, and you know I thought that book was totally awesome. Now here’s an interview with the lurverly Kourtney Hientz!

KH: Katyi, thank you so much for having me here on your blog!

KNR: How would you describe The Six Train to Wisconsin to those who haven’t read it yet? 

KH: It’ san unconventional love story about husband and wife,Oliver and Kai.When Kaitelepathy spirals out of control,Oliver brings her to the hometown he abandoned decade ago–Butternut,Wisconsin–where he must confront the secrets of his past to save their future.

It crosses genres so if you like speculative fiction with literary flare, youll probably enjoy my book.There is an intriguing mystery and thriller ending to tie it all together.

KNR: How did the idea for The Six Train to Wisconsin come about? 

KH: The concept of caregiver and careneeder (Oliver and Kai) came to me year after my artificial disc replacement surgery. was thinking about how little could do for myself before the surgery and how much needed my friends and family. At the time all could think of was my pain, but looking back saw how much my back injury cost them too. wanted to tell both sides of that story.The person in pain and the person wanting to help.

The telepathy was play on how people say if only could read his mind. wanted to show how much harder it is to have that in relationship.

KNR: Any plans for a sequel?

KH:Always! saw the concept as series from the start with books. Well have to see how things go though. Might be more. am outlining the sequel right now. Itscene by scene outline at 25words.

When did you first realize that writing was something you wanted to do?

Back in 2006, after my first spine surgery, realized wanted to do something that meant something. Because life can be very hard and painful, wanted something that was worth fighting through the pain for.Writing was that for me.

Who are some of your writerly crushes?

JohnGreen doesnjust evoke emotion. Hemade me look inside myself. Question things. And THINK. Think differently, think obsessively, think openly.

RutaSepetys’ Between Shades of Gray is one of the most beautiful and important books read in my life. hope to one day write book of such value.


K.LynWurthfirst person POV haunts me. Itbeautiful and painstakingly researched so that you swear you just went back in time to WWII Germanyand 1968 Nebraska.

KNR: What’s you’re usual writer’s schedule like? Are you an Outliner, or do you let the characters lead you where they may? 

I tackle my writing in projects. I usually spend 2-3 months dreaming up the story and outlining it. Then I stick to a 1,000 word a day for 5 days a week drafting schedule. When I’m revising, I spend 3-4 months going over the whole story. I do it in big and small increments.

With Six Train, had 5-page synopsis to write from. didnintend to do alternating POV when first started out. So was able to just write and see what happened.There were lots of detours and the characters definitely hijacked the story. also put it through several rounds of massive revisions.

This time around, know from the get go want to write alternating POV, so planning helps. Ive got 55-page outline that is slowly turning into first draft.Things change everytime add scene.But think all the planning will make for better first draft. At least, hope so.

KH: Movie time! Who would you want cast for The Six Train to Wisconsin movie?

Funny you should ask. get this question from bookclubs so created Pinterestboardwithpotentialcandidates.

Ioddly uncertain on Kai and Oliver. Maybe havenseen anyone that just screams Kai or Oliver.So listed some possibilities.

Alex I only see as Alexander Skarsgard.

Mickey feels like Katie McGrath to me.

Author Bio:

Kourtney Heintz resides in Connecticut with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, her supportive parents and three quirky golden retrievers. Years of working on Wall Street provided the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run amuck at night, imagining a world where out-of-control telepathy and buried secrets collide.

Her debut novel, The Six Train to Wisconsinis 2014 EPICE book Awards Finalist, 2013 USA Best Book Awards Finalist and 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist.

Where to Buy:

You canpurchaseebooksandpaperbacksatAmazon,B&N,iTunes

Signed copies are also available from the author.You can contact her at kourtney.heintz(at)yahoo(dot)com.


17 thoughts on “Interview Time! Kourtney Hientz

  1. Interesting to learn how you came about the idea for Six Train. Many stories probably have their basis in a personal experience. It’s interesting to see where the mind branches out from there.

    • Kourtney Heintz says:

      Six Train was the most personal thing I’ve written. My life filters into my stories in weird ways but Six Train really felt like I was harnessing all that emotion and directing it into something cool!

  2. Kourtney, I’ve read many of your interviews about Six Train, but this is the first time (I think) that you mentioned (or that it sunk in) there are sequels. Yes! (*pumps fist)

    This was such a great story – loved the changing POV, great storyline, dialogue and the concept of Kai’s telepathy! I’m so looking forward to what you come up next for these characters! 🙂

    • Kourtney Heintz says:

      I always ask myself is it a series or a standalone before I start writing. I’ve never gone with an idea that felt like a standalone. I guess I like the idea of getting to hang out with my characters for a long time. I’m hoping to have the outline all finalized by the end of the month so I can start drafting. 🙂 Aw, thank you so much! *Blushes* I’ve got lots more in store for both of them.

  3. It’s always enlightening to hear more about how your ideas evolved and your working process Kourtney – you do seem very organised and thorough about the way you write – I feel positively dishevelled by comparison!

    • Kourtney Heintz says:

      Andrea, there is such a spectrum along which we write. When I first started out and I read about how an author just found her way through the story, I was freaked out. That’s something I couldn’t do. Now I realize each of us does it our own way. 🙂 All that counts is that you get words on the page and revise it to a compelling story. The how is really personal. I am hyper organized in my work method, but that’s just what works for me. 🙂

    • Kourtney Heintz says:

      Oh Jill, I am so sorry to hear that. I had two as well–a microdiskectomy that only treated the symptoms and then the artificial disk replacement which gave me back my life. It’s never too late–you’ve probably got tons of unmined story there. Cheers! To healthy backs with healthy sitting habits. 🙂

  4. Fantastic to hear about the outlining progress for Six Train’s sequel! I’ll confess I’m also looking forward to reading Reckonings when it’s available. I hope Kai and Oliver won’t be too jealous. 🙂

  5. Kourtney Heintz says:

    LOL Phil! Oh they could write a thesis on the weird twists and turns and ways reality filtered into fiction. 🙂

  6. Great interview, and I love reading about how you go about crafting your story from beginning to end. You’re very organized and grounded with your process. A writer’s dream. 😉

    • Kourtney Heintz says:

      Thanks Kathryn! It’s just what works for me. I really think it’s very specific to the writer and there isn’t a right way to do it. As long as words are getting on the page and a story is being created, you’ve got a good method. 🙂

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