I have been a fan of Kristen Heitzmann’s books ever since I first read Secrets … and then A Rush of Wings … oh and good goobers The Still of Night and The Breath of Dawn (tear your heart out GOOD) … and of course most recently Told You So and Told You Twice. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when she agreed to stop by the blog for a chat!! 😀
Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of two historical series as well as ten contemporary romantic and psychological suspense novels, including The Still of Night, nominated for the Colorado Book Award; The Tender Vine, a Christy Award finalist; and the Christy Award-winning Secrets.
She lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountain foothills with her husband Jim and sundry family members and pets.
I already mentioned her latest release, Told You Twice – a book that is NOT to be missed!
Alexis Murphy is done messing with the wrong kinds of men. She could not be happier planning a personalized Grace Evangeline wedding with her fiancé, Jeffrey, who is so…right for her. Or is he?
Stage star and spokesmodel, Bo Corrigan, could be the ultimate disruption. Alexis—Exi—is caught by his talent and sexual magnetism. Yet under the glow, she senses trouble, not only danger from Bo’s past mistakes, but something inside tearing him apart.
From the moment Bo sees Exi, he knows she’s special, but not only that—she’s real. Unlike the theater scene he’s been immersed in, she sees the man he is and won’t stop until she’s reached inside and brought that person from despair to life … if only they have time. With violent forces against them, can they get beyond the damage to love that heals and restores?
Welcome to my little corner of the world, Kristen! Thank you so much for chatting with me! I am honored 🙂
Kristen: the honor is mine
I start everyone out with a fast four –
Kristen: Winter—I’m a fluffy falling snowflakes fiend
Carrie: “fluffy falling snowflakes fiend” – i love it! I am totally putting that on my next business cards… 😉
Kristen: Cats—they’re so content
Carrie: Is everyone ok if I just tell Zuzu (our blog mascot who happens to be a dog) that Kristen didn’t answer this question? She’s still not quite recovered from Crystal Walton’s answer… 😉
Kristen: Espresso with Haagen Dazs—need you ask?
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Kristen: Kindness. I would love to never offend anyone without realizing it ever again.
Carrie: Me too. Especially during an election year 🙂
Books are kind of a big deal around here…at all stages of life. So I want to know, who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Kristen: Heidi—she changed lives by loving.
The Told You series is set in New York, the setting for countless beloved films and TV shows (but not as many books, oddly). What is YOUR favorite movie or TV show set in New York?
Kristen: Bluebloods, great family dynamics
Carrie: And Tom Selleck 🙂
Bo…. Let’s talk about Bo. But hang on a second and let me grab a fan first 😉
Did you have Bo’s journey planned from the beginning or did he surprise you?
Kristen: I knew nothing at the beginning. I never do. But Bo did an especially slow and poignant reveal. I was hiking when he told Exi—and me—that he lost his sister. Had to write the scene on my phone as I rushed down the mountain to capture it all.
Carrie: I love it when characters talk to authors! And I love it that you made it safely back down the mountain while writing that scene on your phone haha!
Alexis (Exi) has her own journey to travel as well in Told You Twice. What did you learn from Exi?
Kristen: Exi’s superpower is seeing and accepting people as they are. That’s why she could genuinely care about Jeffrey when no one else got what she saw in him. That superpower hit overdrive when Bo became a target, even by her cousin whose opinion mattered so much to her. In this story she learned to accept herself, but not to leave it there. She expects to grow and help Bo grow by facing things he’d rather ignore. That’s where things go in Twice Take Two, the novella I’m writing now.
Carrie: I cannot wait for that novella!!!
What do you most want readers to take away from Told You Twice?
Kristen: I hope readers glimpse how incomprehensible morality and faith are to those who have no experience of it. And I hope the homecoming of the prodigal is as satisfying as the love Bo and Exi find in each other and the Father’s outstretched arms.
Carrie: That prodigal’s story is one that will not be leaving my heart anytime soon. It touched deep places in my heart. Kristen – again, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! I’m fangirling a bit over here! 😉
Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Kristen: Twice Take Two continues this tale with the principals of this series present. Bo is starring in the movie Grace and Devin wrote (novel and screenplay) that is being produced in LA for Hollywood where Bo began his career before escaping to the stage. Under Exi’s pressure he deals with his California childhood, his past reputation and, especially, the errant father he never knew—or wanted to. Neither anticipate the danger.
Carrie: Ack! Must. Read. Now.
Connect with Kristen online
What about you? What’s your favorite book/movie/TV show set in New York City?