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Kristen Heitzmann
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A victim of amnesia---and maybe worse---"Jade" can't remember how she came to Kauai, Hawaii, or even what her real name is. She has only a vague sensation of danger. Enlisting the help of a cynical-but-talented investigator, Cameron Pierce, she seeks answers. But will recovered memories bring healing---or more trouble? 416 pages, softcover from Bethany.
     

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Kristen Heitzmann
Favorite Scripture Verse: Hebrews 13:20-21: “May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, Jesus our Lord, furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will. May he carry out in you what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever.”

 Our Interview with Kristen heitzmann


 
What is your favorite verse from the Bible?

Hebrews 13:20-21: “May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, Jesus our Lord, furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will. May he carry out in you what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever.”

What led you to become a CBA author? What schooling did you have?

I started to write because of all the stories that would not go away, along with a nudge from the Lord that said there was a reason for that. I sought publication because my husband insisted, and I became a CBA author because many wonderful people made it happen.

I’ve studied English, art, and history in college, and people all my life.

How did you come up with the concept for Freefall?

The concept for Freefall came from hiking the rugged terrain of Kauai and the desire to do a suspense novel that would capture a place and culture I had not yet written about.

Is this going to be a series?

No, Freefall stands alone.

How closely is this novel based on your life?

Not at all, thankfully, except for the fierce belief that we’re meant to impact places and things that shape our culture.

Do you prefer to write suspense or romance fiction?

Suspense is most interesting to me when it involves relationships, and I like to ratchet up the tension in romance, so I guess I’d say the blend is what works best for me.

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

Keeping it fresh so that each character is a new person and even a recurring theme such as forgiveness looks different in every situation.

How long did Freefall take you to complete?

I started it in June ’05, and considered it complete when the UPS driver pried it from my fingers in August ‘06.

How much research did Freefall take?

Freefall required an extensive amount of study because I knew very little about the Hawaiian culture, its native plants, foods, geography, etc. I consulted friends who have lived on the islands as well as many local sources. It also required on-sight knowledge of the island. That part was tough, but I made the sacrifice.

Do you have a favorite character? Why?

I like my leads because Cameron is an everyman with his fear of surrendering control, while Gentry personifies the theme of shining the Shekina glory into the kingdom of darkness. But Nica is also special to me because she bears the hurts of others to the point where she doubts she can take any more, and yet when the Lord taps her once again, she opens to His will and finds His grace sufficient.

Are there any other new projects on the horizon?

Yes, I’m writing a sequel—not yet titled—to Unforgotten and brainstorming a romantic suspense novel that I hope to coauthor with my daughter.

Who was the person who influenced you the most with your writing?

My husband, Jim, who never stops believing in me.

What advice would you give to a person trying to become a fiction writer?

Don’t worry about getting published; write the story that’s in you, learn to craft it and craft it again and again, seek valuable critique and take it to heart, then surrender it to God’s purpose.

What were your favorite books as a child?

Island of the Blue Dolphins
Anything Arthurian
Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings—I read it every summer. Elizabeth Goudge: Child From the Sea, Green Dolphin Street

What message would you like your readers to take away from this book?

I’d like people to believe we can impact the world and build Christ’s kingdom here and now.

What is your goal or mission as a writer?

My goal is to entertain, encourage, uplift, and challenge people to go deeper with God and closer to one another.



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