Kourtney Heintz

Biography

Kourtney Heintz writes emotionally evocative speculative fiction that captures the deepest truths of being human. For her characters, love is a journey never a destination.

She resides in Connecticut with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, her supportive parents and three quirky golden retrievers. Years of working in financial services provided the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run amuck at night, imagining a world where out-of-control telepathy and buried secrets collide.

Her debut novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin, is a 2013 USA Best Books Awards Finalist, a 2014 EPIC Ebook Awards Finalist, and a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
As a little girl, I always dreamed of having a secretary desk. The kind with lots of little drawers and a shelf inside the desk and cabinets and drawers below the desk. Mine also has a glass cabinet above the desk. It houses mementos of trips and special moments--a mini David statue, a hand made birthday card, an amber hour glass, and my name in Japanese. There's even a shelf for my favorite books. Manila folders are piled on the shelf inside the desk for my ongoing projects. A to-do pile sits to the left of my keyboard and a to-do list is to my right. A cup of pens is hidden behind my laptop. A peacock box lays in the corner. Something pretty to remind me that work has to be about creating beauty too.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in a small New England town in Connecticut. When everyone knows each other, it's easy to know who a person is on the outside. But it made me very curious about the inner workings of people. About the world that existed inside their mind. It also made me long to travel and many of the places I lived and visited as an adult ended up in novel.
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Books

The Six Train to Wisconsin
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 90,350. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
When Kai’s telepathy spirals out of control, her husband Oliver brings her to the quiet Wisconsin hometown he abandoned a decade ago, where he must confront the secrets of his past to save their future.

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Smashwords book reviews by Kourtney Heintz

  • A Cutthroat Business on May 03, 2011

    I fell in love with her protagonist, Savannah Martin, a southern belle who did everything right but ended up divorced and cash strapped. So she starts out in the real estate business. Ms. Bennett does a great job here of giving just enough detail to make it realistic without inundating the reader with realtor lingo. She made me interested in real estate. I think that is the mark of a great author, when they make you curious about the career they give their protagonist. Anyway, in Savannah, you have a likeable heroine who’s got her quirks and flaws, but I immediately signed up to see where the story went because of her. There is amazing voice from page one. I tend to favor protagonists with a sense of humor and Savannah definitely has that too. Rafe Collier is the bad boy that Savannah gets embroiled with because of the murder at a listing she was showing him. He’s dreamy to read and their chemistry is undeniable. The supporting characters are also well crafted and you get a vivid image of the other realtors and Savannah’s family. The writing is top notch. A fun read, great pacing, and snappy dialogue. So onto the plot–really well thought out, I had no idea who the killer was, and I loved following Savannah and Rafe as they looked into things and tried to put the pieces together. The book is set in Nashville, which I enjoyed after seeing a bit of the city during my time at Killer Nashville. I confess, being a northerner, I do love books set in the south. I had 100 pages left last night and I couldn’t put the book down. Seriously, I was up until 3:10 AM finishing it. I won’t spoil the ending but I will say it was highly satisfying. Now I’m dying for the next Savannah Martin Mystery. The blurbs on the book are completely true! If you only have time to read a few mysteries this year, add A Cutthroat Business to your list.
  • Hot Property on Feb. 13, 2012

    Hot Property is the second book in Jenna Bennett’s Savannah Martin mystery series. Here are my top three reasons to read this book: 1) The chemistry between Savannah and Rafe is off the charts and had me squealing at 1 am. 2) Ms. Bennett makes you feel like you are wandering the streets of Nashville with Savannah. This woman writes good setting. 3) Mystery is one of Ms. Bennett’s strengths. I wasn’t sure how this one would shake out until the heart-stopping end. Maybe it’s because I went to Killer Nashville in 2009, but I loved how she brought the city to life on the page with just the right level of detail. Ms. Bennett does a phenomenal job merging the romance and mystery genre here. Rafe Collier and Savannah Martin smolder the pages. I’m surprised I don’t have burns on my fingertips. Seriously, fantastic chemistry and tension. I would sit through 200 pages of them just having dinner. Because they are that amazing to read. There are elements of suspense as well that keep you turning those last 100 pages faster than a microwave can explode chicken. If you love a good mystery and enjoy a dangerous flirtation that could break into a killer love scene at any moment, this is a book for you. I’m looking forward to cracking open the third book in the Savannah Martin series. Or rather swiping the page on my Ipad.