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The lovely Catherine Forsley did a feature on me today for her Fervour & Forever blog. Please check it out if you have a second.

http://fervourforever.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/passion-feature-4-kourtney-heintz-cat-forsley/

First off, a huge apology. I’m almost a month behind schedule with this Q&A, award, links, and game of writer tag. I really appreciate when someone notices my blog and takes the time to let me know I’m doing something right, but I was slammed with revisions and didn’t have time to  put together a proper post.

Big thank you to Lauren over at Tales of A Charm City Chick for recognizing my blog as one of her favorite blogs! Wow. Smile stretching from ear to ear. As part of this, I’m going to answer some questions and pass along the award to others.

Note: there is no need to pass this along. It’s more of a shout out and a celebration of blogs. So if I name your blog as one of my favorites, feel free to pass it along or just accept it and not do anything. :)

1. What is the best thing that happened to you in the last 36 hours?

My excerpt is up on Amazon with two reviews.

2. What are your pet peeves?

Inconsiderate behavior. Hypocrisy. And when the dvr forces me to watch the same limited commercials. Grrr.

3. Did you have an imaginary friend growing up or did you want one? Tell us all! When did you part ways? Was it gradual?

I used to think my stuffed animals could come alive and so I treated them like they were alive. Does that count? Um. I still think when I sleep they might hang out and do stuff.

4. If you had the power to declare a national holiday what would you declare and why?

Ladies Hold Your Men Accountable Day. It’s time for women to stop blaming each other and start holding guys accountable for their actions. If I see one more woman lash out at the “other woman,” I will scream. Who made promises to you and then broke them? The guy. So why are you attacking the girl he cheated with. He probably lied to her too.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? (You have the capital for this one, don’ worry)

Nai Harn in Phuket. It’s sooooo beautiful.

6. What do you think of celebrity gossip?

Why are we all so concerned with them? Bo-ring.

7. What’s the theme song of your day, week, year, or life?

Today it’s Sorta Fairytale by Tori Amos.

8. If you came with a warning label what would it be about?

Hurricane winds without warning.

9. Favorite quote or joke that you made up?

Blanking on this one. Yeah, I got nothing. I’m never funny on command.

10. OCD?

I hate when people touch my stuff. Look, don’t touch. And never ever borrow my shoes. Ever.

11. Best pick up line anyones’ ever fed ya?

Are you from England?

No.

Oh cause you look like you’re from England.

(WHAT does that look like?!)

 12. Tell us something embarrassing about your brain.

Sometimes when I’m nervous it says the wrong words. I’ll mean to say “fasten” and “flatten” comes out of my mouth. Close but not quite right.

Here are some of my favorite blogs:

Lucky 7 Meme Tag Game

Girls With Pens  and Carrie Rubin tagged me in this fun little blogging game called Lucky 7 Meme or 777 going around where writers tag each other in a virtual game of IT.

The rules:

  • Go to page 77 of your current MSS/WIP
  • Go to line 7
  • Copy down the next 7 lines, sentences, or paragraphs, and post them as they’re written
  • Tag 7 other authors (I’m only going to tag 4 and again–this is completely for fun, feel free to not participate and I will still <3 your blog)

These seven lines are from my YA story.

Three snake rings writhed across her right hand. She’d twisted and braided her long hair into an elaborate up-do. Morgan conservative.

I was as ready as I’d ever be, slathered in SPF 70 waterproof sunscreen with my UV-coated parasol shading my face. A waterproof case held my Mac, and a backpack had been stuffed with everything I needed to survive a few days on the isle.

Seth started to venture into the water, but Evan’s words stopped him. “The rip tides are less than 50 meters from the shore.”

I’m only going to tag 4 other writers…(No pressure to play, purely for fun)

Sunshine Award

And lastly, but never leastly, I was also re-gifted the Sunshine Award from Michael at I Have A Dream. Thank you so much Michael! It’s a great award and I want to pass it along again because I’ve met so many new bloggers who deserve it.

Here are the official Rules:
Thank the person who gave you the award.
Write a post about it.
Answer the questions that come with it.
Pass lt along to ten people and let them know they’ve received it.

Here’s my version of the rules:

Thank the person who gave you the award.
Write a post about it.

Link to the ten questions since I posted answers before.

Pass it along to 4 new blogs.

If you receive it, there is zero pressure to pass it along. Bask in the glow of your wonderfulness. If you want to pass it along, that’s great. But you don’t have to.

Link to my ten questions.

And here are the blogs I am awarding The Sunshine Award to because they bring rays of brightness into my day.

We watched one of Charlaine’s favorite episodes of TrueBlood with her (I Will Rise Up from Season 2) and had a Q&A about it on Friday night. Then Saturday there was a Q&A with her during lunch hosted by the Crimebake Co-chairs, Pat Remick and Margaret McLean (pictured above). These were such amazing events, I thought I’d share my notes from the Lunch Q&A.

  • Sookie was a grandma’s best friend’s name and is a nickname for Susan or sister.
  • Her advice to aspiring authors:
    • Rejection hurts and you do take it personally
    • Write the best book you can write
    • Research agents you send to so you find the right person
    • Check the agent’s website before you send a query
    • Don’t send your book out until it is ready
      • How to determine it’s ready: reach point where you know it’s mature, you put your best effort into it, and you let it go
      • Find a peer to read it and give opinion
    • The writing process is always hards
      • Starts with crying even when writing a long time
      • Have a writing routine. Go to work everyday. She works from 8-12, breaks for lunch, and writes from 1-3:30.
    • The more successful you are the more demands on your time
      • The business of being a writer takes up more and more of your time
    • There are times she laughs out loud when reading her books
    • Sex scenes are hard to write because she wants them to be good
      • One time a fan told her she liked to re-enact the scenes from the book with her boyfriend!
    • Experts like to be asked about what they are experts in. For example, a funeral home guy loved to tell her all about his job
    • If she could write any book it would be Jurassic Park
    • Her beta readers are Toni Kelner and Dana Cameron.
    • She had never had a writing critique group
    • How has being famous has changed her life? The money increased but brought along responsibilities, it’s nice to be recognized, and it’s been good for her kids
    • Her writing process is more of a pantser.
      • She edits as she goes and writes 4-8 pages a day.
        • Each day she starts by reviewing what she wrote the day before and changes things as she goes.
      • She doesn’t write an outline
    • It took 2 years for Dead Until Dark to be picked up. She didn’t write other books in series. She wrote other books she was already contracted to write
      • She was turned down very harshly. Her agent didn’t like Dead Until Dark. But her friend Dean at Murder by the Book loved it and gave it stamp of approval. It was enough to keep her agent working on selling it.
    • She’s edited several anthologies and highly recommends editing other people’s work
    • Her books are published in 25 countries
      • France had translation issues where they took out the sex scenes and any mention of menstruation. Readers were very upset and publisher had to retranslate and include those scenes
      • She keeps all her foreign rights
    • She and her editor have vision for the books–they’ve had intense discussions but never had a huge blowout
    • Harper Connelly series was optioned by CBS and a pilot show is being taped–Hope they pick it up!
    • She is contracted for two more Sookie Stackhouse books and might write a third, but she wants to end the series while it is still good. The readers deserve nothing but her best  :)

I also had Charlaine sign a few books. She is the most gracious author I’ve ever met. For me this was the equivalent of meeting the biggest hollywood movie star. Her books inspired my writing and I go back to them constantly as a reference tool on how to write great scenes and characters. Here’s a picture of us from the Vampire Ball!

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