Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Witch’s Brew by Heidi R. Kling

Welcome to Author Heidi R. Kling

Heidi R. Kling earned her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School, and is the author of multiple-award nominated novel Sea (Putnam/2010). She’s published short stories and essays to anthologies Truth & Dare(UK/US), The Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls (Smart Pop), and The First Time.  Heidi loves to obsess over young adult lit and pop culture, so make her day by visiting her on or on Twitter at @heidirkling. She lives with her family in Palo Alto, CA, near the real Black Mountain and coastal towns much like Melas County. She hasn’t spotted a warlock in real life. Yet.

Q: If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

A: Back to the past. Specifically the Haunted Summer of the Shelly’s and Lord Byron, only I’d pack along antibiotics and toilet paper.

Q: If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

A: Flying. I’ve always wanted to fly.

Q: Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

A: 8 more (at least!) Spellspinners of Melas County installments, I just finished an upper YA contemporary mystery novel and I have a short-story in an upcoming anthology, “2 & 20 Dark Tales- Modern Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes”, coming Fall, 2012.

Q: Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

A: Meeting readers, traveling to conferences and signings, chatting with people on Twitter. I love it all!

Q: If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world. which would it be?

A:  I’d love to jump into Lily and Logan’s world. Lily’s life is dangerous and a little crazy, but it’s also SO awesome. She’s living out my fantasy, surely. Logan? Hello!

Q: What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

A:  Judy Blume’s books defined both my childhood and early adolescence. She’s quite possibly the reason I write.

Q: What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

A:  Write the books you want to read and never give up!

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

A:  I’m happy as long as I’m with my family, but I would adore Paris or Laguna Beach, CA. Or Italy. Anywhere in Italy. Or Hawaii or…

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

A: A writer, an under-cover cop* and an archeologist**. *21 Jump Street phase **Indiana Jones phase

Q: If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role?

A: Gwyneth Paltrow or Kate Winslet.

Q: Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

A:  Yes. I see parts of myself in all my characters.

Q: What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?

A: All of them.

Q: If you were a bird, which one would you be?

A: A red-tail hawk.

Q: You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?

A:  A beach house

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: Play with my kids, watch CW TV shows, drink coffee.

Q: If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?

A: HEIDI. Wait, that’s already taken!

Q: Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.

A: Yikes. You sure you want to know this?

6:45 a.m. One of my kids (I have a nine year old son and a 4 year old daughter) jumps on me to wake me up

7:00 a.m. Stumble out of bed muttering, “Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.” Like a Mom-Zombie

Proceed to make kids’ breakfast, make their lunches, and make sure they are clothed before school

7:35 a.m. Take boy to school

8:45 a.m.: Take girl to school

9:30 a.m.: Coffee, computer for Twitter check/blog update/writing

1:00 p.m.: I forgot to have breakfast and it’s lunch time!

1:05 p.m.: Eat something

1:45 p.m.: I forgot to shower! Brush teeth! Where are my keys? *mumbles curse words*

Are you tired yet?

The rest of my day revolves around my kids and family.

The evening revolves around more writing/TV/social networking stuff

Q: What’s your favorite season/weather?

A: SUMMER. I’m such a California girl.

Q: How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

A: By screaming, “I sold my book!” off my balcony.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?

A:  I have so many…and I don’t feel all that guilty about any of them. 🙂

Q: What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?

A:  None. I’m so proud of my bad TV habit.

Finish the sentence– one book I wish I had written is….all the ones I start?

TV or Movies? TV

Horror or Romance? Romance

City or Country? City for play, country for life

Harry Potter or Twilight? Both

Facebook or Twitter? Twitter

Truth or Dare? Dare, always dare. The truth is so hard. 

Witches Brew by Heidi R. Kling
The Spellspinners of Melas County is a fantasy YA romance series about a witch, a warlock, and their fight for their forbidden but prophesized love.
Once soulmates, the witch and warlock covens of the California coast have been estranged for a century. Raised to hate each other, their teenagers meet in the Solstice Stones, a magical battleground where they draw energy from each other to maintain their balance. 16 year olds Logan and Lily have spent years training for their first Stones…only to discover just days before that the enemy may not be what either of them had thought.
In Witch’s Brew, Lily is torn between her feelings for Logan and her coven’s need to know who—or what—he is. The young lovers race against time, their distrust for each other, and the powerful influence of their elders, to unravel the mystery of their pasts before their future is destroyed.
What’s Cool from Coliloquy:  In Witch’s Brew, Lily and Logan’s fate is already decided, but Heidi explores several different possible pathways for how they get there. She shares scenes that wouldn’t normally fit in a book format and gives readers more precious moments between the two young lovers. As the series progresses, you’ll see some normal narrative forms, interspersed with smaller scenes, alternate points of view, and a lot of “what if” scenarios.

Giveaway Details
3 Ebook copies of Witches Brew
Ends 6/1/12

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