Kat Heckenbach

Review of “The Restorer” and Interview with Sharon Hinck

Review of “The Restorer” and Interview with Sharon Hinck

Sharon Hinck writes fantasy and sci-fi all in one with her Restorer series, which was previously published by  NavPress. It has now been re-released in an expanded edition by Marcher Lord Press! Today, I’d like to share my thoughts on the series. Don’t stop reading after that, though–immediately following my review is an interview with […]

Do Not Pass “Go”

Do Not Pass “Go”

I worked in retail for several years about 20 years ago. The one common thing I was taught at all my jobs (crappy as they were) was, “The customer is always right.” Not sometimes. Not only if every letter of the return policy is followed. Not only if they err on the side of the […]

Special Guest — Kersten Hamilton

Special Guest — Kersten Hamilton

I discovered Kersten Hamilton’s books when a writer friend suggested them to me.  Tyger, Tyger and In the Forests of the Night are the two books so far in the young adult Goblin Wars series–a tale of goblins and a mythical, magical place called Mag Mell. It is a story of the battle between creatures who […]

The Writer’s Journey Through Judgment

The Writer’s Journey Through Judgment

Last week I submitted the score sheets for the entrants I judged in the Phoenix Rattler writing contest. I’m one of the preliminary judges. That means I got to score the first ten pages of two manuscripts out of many, many entered as part of the first level of competition. The manuscripts that make it […]

Little Book of Magic, Part II

The little girl stepped out of the Kiwi’s spaceship, her Little Book of Magic clutched in her hand and a smile tugging at her cheeks. A box filled with copies of her Book floated out behind her. The Kiwi stood proudly beside the girl, a comforting gloved hand on her shoulder. A crowd milled before […]

Happy to Report…

In my last post, I talked about a sci-fi/fantasy/horror convention I was a little nervous about attending. It’s called the Necronomicon. And it was this past weekend. I am happy to announce, the nervousness was unjustified. Let me recap a bit of my last post, even though I’m sure you just clicked over and read […]

Phoenix Rattler Unpublished Fiction Contest

The 2nd annual Phoenix Rattler Does Your Story Have Bite? Contest is accepting entries now through October 29. The contest is hosted by the Arizona ACFW chapter, Christian Writers of the West. Unpublished authors may submit entries of up to ten pages in six categories. Every entry will be judged by three authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins, Brandilyn Collins, […]

The Hate Pit

There is an event I’ll be attending in a few weeks. A convention I’ve been to twice now. The Necronomicon. From the name you can see it’s one of “those” conventions. The kind of place you’ll find people playing “Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock” and singing along to Dr. Horrible. The kind of place where […]