Kat Heckenbach

You Can’t Put God into a Box (or a Book)

Being a Christian means I believe God created the universe. (No this isn’t a creation/evolution debate—the point here is not how He did it, only that He did.) So, God creating space and time means He exists outside of those constructs. God can’t be limited. God can’t be put inside a box. That doesn’t stop […]

I Listened So You Can Too

I Listened So You Can Too

There are three “modes” of learning:  visual, kinesthetic, and auditory. According to The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias (a book I highly recommend for parents, especially homeschoolers), the three modes are defined this way: Visual—learning by seeing and watching. Kinesthetic—learning by becoming physically involved and actually doing something with what’s being learned. Auditory—learning […]

“Sparrows” – a short story

Sparrows by Kat Heckenbach Originally published in The Wordsmith Journal, November 2012 “You’re angry with me.” Jesse sounded too calm. It was irritating. “Well, you’re never around.” I kept my back to him. “Not when I need you. I have a right to be mad.” I’d been standing by the window, staring at the sparrow […]

Lights of Hope

“Lights of Hope” by Kat Heckenbach I was diagnosed with cancer in October of 2004, which meant my treatment fell smack across the month of December. Chemo for Christmas was not something I looked forward to. I prayed every day that Christmas would not be ruined by my illness and treatment. With two small children, […]

Am I Really Not Successful Because…?

A link to a blog post was recently brought to my attention. Jim Kukral (nope, not a clue who he is) lists “13 reasons you’re not as successful as you should be.” It’s not actually meant to be aimed specifically for writers, but it was a fellow writer who pointed out the post and said […]

Clean but Mean….a story for Halloween…

(Originally published in Underneath the Juniper Tree, Nov. 2011 issue.) “Frog Face” by Kat Heckenbach Junie recognized them from school—Jason, the fat one with the buzzed head, and Denny, his ever-constant sidekick. The way they’d skulked over to the creek told her they were up to something. They couldn’t be here to swim; the air […]

Putting Your First Book Forward

When I finished writing Finding Angel, I let a good friend and avid reader critique the manuscript. He gave me some great suggestions for improvement, complimented specific things, and then made the statement that Finding Angel was “very good for a first book.” At the time, that statement really got under my skin. I appreciated […]


Dude, By Kat Heckenbach “It looks like snot.” “What’s your point, Frankie?” If Frankie had been anything less than a computer language genius I wouldn’t allow him in my classroom, much less hire him as a lab assistant. “Well, dude…” I lifted my gaze from the microscope in front of me and glared at him.