Author Spotlight: Kristen Heitzmann

Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from last week’s Author Spotlight with MaryAnn Diorio is Dianna Bupp! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (ckrumm@litfusegroup.com)

This week please welcome Kristen Heitzmann in the spotlight! To win a copy of her book The Breath of Dawn, leave a comment on this post!

Hi Suzanne! Thanks for this fun time.

I’m married, have 4 grown kids and 2 wondrous grandchildren. (almost 4 and 2 years old) I live and write in the Colorado Rocky Mountain foothills with my husband, extended family, pets and wildlife. I write historical series and contemporary romantic and psychological suspense. My 20th title The Breath of Dawn released Nov. 1st, and it was too much fun to spend more time with some favorite characters in the Spencer family.

I started writing because I couldn’t help myself. For me, stories happen. And not always opportunely! I never really dreamed of being published until it landed on my heart to do something about it. The rest was pure grace.

I wrote my first novel and most of a second before attempting to make anything public. I attended two writer’s conferences to learn some ropes, and pitched my work to two publishers. One of them accepted the stories and contracted a series. It’s been my joy to create novels ever since.

Getting out on the mountain trails behind my home enervates and energizes better than anything else I do. It was hiking out there, listening to an old playlist that brought Morgan Spencer right back to my mind and conjured the opening scene of The Breath of Dawn. I had no idea I was going to be writing that one!

On any given day, I write as many hours as the stories come. I also have a treadmill desk, so if I can’t get outside, I can walk and write at once. It looks out at my landscaped creek where herds of mule deer visit and birds frolic. With our changeable weather, it’s never dull.

As a homeschool mom, the writer’s life just kind of melded into who we were already. Now it’s more front and center, and I couldn’t imagine anything else.

Most of my books were contracted without an agent, but since acquiring one, I find the peace of mind and partnership quite valuable.

I would advise new writers to love the process. Work to perfect the craft. Trust God’s wisdom and timing.

Having lived through the Waldo Canyon Fire that decimated the western side of Colorado Springs, coming within 200 yards of our house and destroying so many others, I’m writing a wildland fire novel set in my fictional town of Redford found in my novels Indivisible and Indelible. I’m also toying with a romantic comedy set in NYC.

My books are available at Christian and local bookstores, online at Amazon, CBD, and Barnes and Noble.

You can contact me on Facebook: Author Kristen Heitzmann, Twitter: KFHeitzmann, or www.kristenheitzmannbooks.com I would love to hear from you!

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Comments

  1. Nat Homgren says:

    I would love a chance to win one of your books! Merry Christmas! mandn@wisper-wireless.com

  2. Connie Ruggles says:

    I would love to win the book. I’ve never read anything of Kristen’s. Looking forward to getting to know her work better!

  3. angela chesnut says:

    would love to win.

  4. CARISSA says:

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS! SHE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST WHEN ALL I STARTED READING WAS CHRISTIAN FICTION 🙂

  5. ELIZA E says:

    Huge fan and would love to win any of her books!!!

  6. donna says:

    Would be a new author for me. Sounds like a good read.

  7. Bonnie J. says:

    I look forward to author spotlight every week. Would love to win Kristen Heitzmann’s book.

  8. Nancy DOporto says:

    I have not read any of her books. This is the first i have heard of her. Since it takes place in Colorado, one of my fav. places, i would love to read it.

  9. Sandi says:

    I have read her, but not for a while. I’d love to get re-acquainted. Thanks and God bless.

  10. Teresa Mathews says:

    SUZANNE and KRISTEN thanks for the great interview. It’s always great to get to know the authors better. I don’t think I have read any of Kristen’s books yet, I would love to get started. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I would love to read your book. Thanks for the chance to win it .
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

  12. Karen Schulz says:

    I’ve read several of Kristen’s books, and thoroughly enjoyed them. To win this new book would be a true blessing!

  13. Nancy g says:

    I love these spotlights…you just found me a new author to try! Would love to read this one!

  14. O Norman says:

    I love reading books by Kristen. Can’t wait to read this one.

  15. LaDonna Fager says:

    Would love to win this book. Enjoyed the books of hers I have read.

  16. Katie Grieb says:

    I would love to win. I’ve always enjoyed her books. 🙂

  17. Linda McFarland says:

    I enjoyed the interview with writer Kristian Heitzmann….and would be so thrilled to win a paperback copy of Kristian’s new book ‘The Breath Of Dawn’…sounds like a awesome christian fiction book…..I have shared on facebook and twitter too

  18. Leslie Klatt says:

    Would love to win a book . I have read all her books and can’t wait for the next to come out! 🙂

  19. Linda McFarland says:

    Would love to win! Always love being introduced to new authors. Have a blessed Christmas…Linda

  20. Susan Wilson says:

    I recently “found” Kristen Heitzman and I thoroughly enjoyed her book Secrets: A Novel. I can’t wait to read the sequel and other books by her!

  21. Becky says:

    Have read most of Kristen’s books and loved them all. Can’t wait to read this one too …. would be nice if I could win too.

  22. Pat Moore says:

    Kristen, you are one of the first Christian Fictio Authors that I read. Since then I’ve started reading so many & too many to list without leaving someone out ove your books & I’ve read most of them. Would be nice to win this one. Merry Christmas, God’s blessings to you & your famly & yours too Suzanne

  23. Kathie from CA says:

    I used to read Kristen’s work but haven’t read one lately. Would love to teconnect with her new book:o))

  24. Susan Fryman says:

    Suzanne as always a wonderful blog and interview. I’ve read many works by Kristen and have obviously fallen behind. I need to get caught up. Kristen, I enjoyed getting to know you better. I’m thankful you’re following God’s voice in your writing. I’m sure that might not always be an easy thing to do. I also appreciate how you and Suzanne are always open to helping fellow Christian writers with their work. Blessings and Merry Christmas, Susan Fryman susanngarrylee@yahoo.com Also congratulations Dianna. You’re getting quite a to read stash, looking forward to hearing what you think of your new books.

  25. karenk says:

    thanks for the chance to read kristen’s latest novel 😉