Welcome to Author Heather Gudenkauf!
Heather Gudenkauf is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Weight of Silence.
Heather was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. At one month of age, her family returned to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where her father was employed as a guidance counselor and her mother as a school nurse. At the age of three, her family moved to Iowa, where she grew up. Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment (there were many evenings when Heather and her father made a trip to the bus barn to look around the school bus for her hearing aids that she often conveniently would forget on the seat beside her), Heather tended to use books as a retreat, would climb into the toy box that her father’s students from Rosebud made for the family with a pillow, blanket, and flashlight, close the lid, and escape the world around her. Heather became a voracious reader and the seed of becoming a writer was planted.
Heather Gudenkauf graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages and is currently a Literacy Coach, an educator who provides curricular and professional development support to teachers.
Heather lives in Dubuque, Iowa with her husband, three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Maxine. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and running. She is currently working on her third novel.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would travel back in time to pioneer times. I love the adventurous spirit of those who settled the land. I don’t know how well I would do without my computer and Diet Coke, but I could manage for a short time.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
I’m assuming I can’t bring my loved ones, so I would bring the biggest anthology of American literature I can find, a cozy blanket and my dog Maxine.
What is one book everyone should read?
Everyone needs to absolutely be required to read To Kill a Mockingbird. Loved this book!
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond
Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
I like to play quiet music, have my dog Maxine sitting behind me on the chair and a Diet Coke next to me.
Night owl, or early bird?
I’m a day bird. I can’t stay up late and I don’t particularly like getting up very early either.
Skittles or M&Ms?
I loved watching Underdog while I was growing up.
What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
Basketball – Go Iowa Hawkeyes!
How do you react to a bad review?
I get this little pinched feeling inside and then I think Oh, well, can’t please everyone.
What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I love both the book and the movie.
What do you do when you are in-between books?
Read, read, read!
Where is your favorite place to read/write?
I love to read in bed and love to write anywhere where there is a window.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Definitely the world of Harry Potter.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
As a child I loved the Little House on the Prairie books.
What is your favorite quote?
“Where there is great love there are always miracles.” ~ Willa Cather
What is your guilty pleasure?
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I am completely hooked on Friday Night Lights. I’ve been out of high school for over twenty years and I don’t watch football – but I love this show!
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I went out to dinner with my family.
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These Things Hidden:
Allison Glenn tried to hide what happened that night…and failed. The consequence? Five years in prison. Now she’s free. But secrets have a way of keeping you caged…When Allison is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls’ golden girl forever. Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child. Her former friends exult in her downfall. Her sister, Brynn, faces the whispered rumours every day in the hallways of their small Iowa high school. It’s Brynn – shy, quiet Brynn – who carries the burden of what really happened that night. All she wants is to forget Allison and the past that haunts her. But then Allison is released, and is more determined than ever to speak with her sister. Now their legacy of secrets is focused on one little boy. And if the truth is revealed, the consequences will be unimaginable for the adoptive mother who loves him, the girl who tried to protect him and the two sisters who hold the key to all that is hidden.
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