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 a husband and wife,Oliver and Kai.When Kai’s telepathy spirals out of control,Oliver brings her to the hometown he abandoned a 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, you’ll probably enjoy my book.There is an intriguing mystery and a thriller ending to tie it all together.
KNR: How did the idea for The Six Train to Wisconsin come about?
KH: The concept of a caregiver and careneeder (Oliver and Kai) came to me a year after my artificial disc replacement surgery. I was thinking about how little I could do for myself before the surgery and how much I needed my friends and family. At the time all I could think of was my pain, but looking back I saw how much my back injury cost them too. I wanted to tell both sides of that story.The person in pain and the person wanting to help.
The telepathy was a play on how people say if only I could read his mind. I wanted to show how much harder it is to have that in a relationship.
KNR: Any plans for a sequel?
KH:Always! I saw the concept as a series from the start with 4 books. We’ll have to see how things go though. Might be more. I am outlining the sequel right now. It’s a scene by scene outline at 25k words.
When did you first realize that writing was something you wanted to do?
Back in 2006, after my first spine surgery, I realized I wanted to do something that meant something. Because life can be very hard and painful, I wanted something that was worth fighting through the pain for.Writing was that for me.
Who are some of your writerly crushes?
JohnGreen doesn’t just evoke emotion. He’s made 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 I read in my life. I hope to one day write a book of such value.
K.LynWurth’s first person POV haunts me. It’s beautiful 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, I had a 5-page synopsis to write from. I didn’t intend to do alternating POV when I first started out. So I was able to just write and see what happened.There were lots of detours and the characters definitely hijacked the story. I also put it through several rounds of massive revisions.
This time around, I know from the get go I want to write alternating POV, so planning helps. I’ve got a 55-page outline that is slowly turning into a first draft.Things change everytime I add a scene.But I think all the planning will make for a better first draft. At least, I hope so.
KH: Movie time! Who would you want cast for The Six Train to Wisconsin movie?
Funny you should ask. I get this question from bookclubs so I created a Pinterestboardwithpotentialcandidates.
I’m oddly uncertain on Kai and Oliver. Maybe I haven’t seen anyone that just screams Kai or Oliver.So I listed some possibilities.
Alex I only see as Alexander Skarsgard.
Mickey feels like Katie McGrath to me.
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 Wisconsin, is a 2014 EPICE book Awards Finalist, a 2013 USA Best Book Awards Finalist and a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist.
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Signed copies are also available from the author.You can contact her at kourtney.heintz(at)yahoo(dot)com.