Make it so

This post should not be so difficult. I’ve gotten to know the NAF folks pretty well already. I feel welcome here. Part of the “Collective”…as Robynn puts it ;).

Yet, it’s that awkward “first post.” Do I just introduce myself? Give you the lowdown on who this Kat person is? Or post a link to my bio and skip all that?

Decisions, decisions….

Alright, we’ll start at the beginning. I wasn’t one of those people who spent their whole childhood scribbling out stories. Instead I spent my childhood reading and drawing, never really suspecting there was a writer inside me.

But there was. And in August 2007 she made herself known. Pretty well took over my head and wouldn’t give it back until I said I’d take her seriously. So, I sat down and let her pound on the keyboard of my laptop, just to see what she could do. The first chapter of Finding Angel, my middle grade fantasy, was the result.

Since then we’ve developed a pretty symbiotic relationship.

Get it? “Pretty symbiotic” / pretty symbiont…OK, never mind. Point is, me and this writing thing are joined, and there’s nothin’ I can do about it now.  It’s like that with writing, so I’m just going to make the best of it.

And, um, drag you along with me.

About Kat Heckenbach

Kat 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.

8 comments on “Make it so

  1. Well played, Chicky. Let them all think you are part of the collective. 😛

  2. Well, resistance really is futile. Not that I put up much of that–or any for that matter ;).

  3. I should probably apologize to the Iguana for bringing all my Star Trek nerdiness into his Lord of the Rings nerdiness and confusing everybody.

    But I won’t. Welcome, Kat!

    For the record, I’d rather be a Trill than a Borg any day. One of my favorite STNG episodes was the intro of the Trill as a species (although they did it wrong by playing them like parasites instead of symbiants but that’s another story). It was the first episode where I remember thinking, “This is really good. Who wrote this?”

  4. The Iguana is going to have to deal with the Star Trek nerdiness. Part of the Kat package. I grew up on it, assimilated at a very young age :P….it affected much of my life….my dog is named Dax…..

  5. I was extremely into Star Trek growing up starting with reruns of TOS (The Original Series) then catching the first run debut episode of TNG (The Next Generation) and being amazed at the saucer section split!, and watched it all the way until the final episode of Enterprise. I even got into the novels and loved the crew of the Excalibur that Peter David came up with and wrote for the Star Trek: The New Frontier series (still occasionally coming out with novels in that series too!). Then the new film came out in 2009 and awoke my love for the franchise again in a new way. Lord of the Rings came after high school for me even though I seem to remember the story being read to us in class by our 2nd grade teacher at this private Christian school – although it may have just been The Hobbitt, not really sure on that. So your Star Trek references combined with anything Robynn does is just fine with me. 😉

    Now here’s a test for your Strek Trek knowledge: What planet was it where Spock wore a Nazi uniform? No cheating by looking it up online before I reveal it either! 😈

    • OK, I cannot claim to be a Star Trek trivia nerd. Although I DO own a copy of the Star Trek Encyclopedia ;). I was definitely more into ST than LotR in as a kid, although I remember watching the animated version of The Hobbit at the gifted center I went to. I’m pretty sure I read the series in high school, or shortly thereafter.

      I quit watching ST somewhere during the run of Voyager. My favorite was and always will be Next Gen. Although, I really loved DS9 when it first came out (as illustrated by my naming my dog Dax, and my continued reference to the lovely symbiont).

      Many a childhood day was spent in my back yard playing “Star Trek”–and I always wanted to be Kirk (yeah, I know. I’m a girl. But back then all the girls in ST were either Kirk’s girlfriends or Lt. Uhura, and they didn’t get to do the cool stuff.) My brother was really thin, so of course he was always “Bones.” hehe.

      Anyway, curious to see who gets the answer to your question….

  6. Dearest Kat,

    You go girl!!

  7. Hey, Kat, So nice to see you in another forum! Love the front row seats to your journey. . .write on, sister~

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