Coffin Hop Stop #2: Kat Heckenbach

Welcome to my wing of the haunted mansion that is the Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour. Today I have a written interview with Christian Horror and YA Fantasy writer, Kat Heckenbach.

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    • Tim Ward

      Tim Ward

      • Your story in the upcoming Monsters! anthology, “Willing Blood,” is described as a vampire story with a twist. Can you tell us what excites you most about this story without giving away that twist?

  • Kat Heckenbach

    • I love the characters, actually, and the fact that in the whole story there are really only three. The main character, Simone, came about because I started writing a story for a particular anthology that required a specific type of main character. I never actually did submit to that anthology, but Simone really came to life for me. She needed an antagonist, though, and I started writing him as a demon. As the story developed, I realize he was as dear to me as she was. And the third character…well, she’s special for reasons I can’t go into.

      The story is very dark, but it is very personal. The connection between the three characters runs deep. I hope I have conveyed that in the story!

      I know my husband felt I did. He has been nagging me ever since I wrote “Willing Blood” to write a book based on these characters. I, um, may have complied with that request :).

  • Tim Ward

    • That’s great. Thanks for making time for this. I’ll fill in the rest bragging on your two novels. (Ehem, Finding Angel was a Compton Crook Award Finalist). If you have time, whom do you think would be the ideal audience for your Finding Angel series?

  • Kat Heckenbach

    • Oh, let me clarify just in case. Finding Angel and Seeking Unseen are not at all related to Willing Blood. The book I am *mostly* through writing that is related to Willing Blood is going to be for an adult audience. And it’s not finished, much less published yet :).

      Finding Angel and Seeking Unseen–otherwise now known as the Toch Island Chronicles–is YA fantasy. Aimed at teens, but seems to be gaining a pretty good adult audience as well. My writing has been compared more than once to Madeline L’Engle, and Finding Angel has been recommended by readers who say it would appeal to fans of The Spiderwick Chronicles and the Fablehaven series.

  • Tim Ward

    • Great! Thanks Kat. And yes, I didn’t think Willing Blood was in that series. Boy would that have been a sharp left turn.


    Kat Heckenbach grew up in the small town of Riverview, Florida, where she spent most of her time either drawing or sitting in her “reading tree” with her nose buried in a fantasy novel…except for the hours pretending her back yard was an enchanted forest that could only be reached through the secret passage in her closet…

    She never could give up on the idea that maybe she really was magic, mistakenly placed in a world not her own…but as the years passed, and no elves or fairies carted her away…she realized she was just going to have to create the life of her fantasies. She shares that life with her husband and two homeschooling kids.

    Kat is a graduate of the University of Tampa, Magna Cum Laude, B.S. in Biology. She spent several years teaching, but never in a traditional classroom–everything from Art to Algebra II. Her writing spans the gamut from inspirational personal essays to dark and disturbing fantasy and horror, with over forty short fiction and nonfiction credits to her name.

Upcoming Coffin Hop Schedule:

I will have 4 podcast interviews at the Holy Worlds Podcast, a couple written ones (Kat Heckenbach, Pauline Creeden, and Dana Bell) here on my website (, and another written one with Greg Mitchell in my Tuesday slot at the New Authors Fellowship.

Here’s the podcast schedule:

Wed. 24th: Teric Darken

Fri. 26: Ellen C. Maze

Mon. 29th: Thomas Smith

Wed. 31st: JR Roper


About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a former executive producer and Hugo Nominee of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. He has been broke and lost on the other side of the world and now dreams of greater adventures from his keyboard in Des Moines, Iowa. This summer, he released his second Sand Divers book, Scavenger: A.I., where two parents use an ancient technology to fight a reproducing A.I. while trying to resurrect their deceased infant, and a new series that begins with Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss. Sign up for his newsletter for news, sales, giveaways and more:

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