Where’s Kourtney in October + What’s She Reading?


October is my busiest month this year. I’m on the road the most I’ve ever been and doing the most events in the shortest bursts of time.

I always try to schedule one event a week, but well, sometimes an opportunity pops up and you have to take it. So  I have eight events in October. Three of which are out of state.

So here’s what my month looks like:

October Schedule
October 9th In New York, NY: attending New York Comic Con.
October 15th from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. In Waterbury, CT: Conducting a Writing workshop at Chase Collegiate
October 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In Waterbury, CT, at Chase Collegiate: Book party with games, prizes, refreshments, and book signing.
October 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In Wolcott, CT, at the Farmingbury Woman’s Club Annual Craft Fair at Alcott School: selling signed copies of my novels.
October 19th

October 24th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In Wolcott, CT: teaching a workshop on Storyboarding: Laying out your Story for Girls Inc.

In Boston, MA, at the Boston Book Festival in the Sisters in Crime Booth: selling and signing books and giving away author goodies.

October 26th from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In Manchester, NH, at the New England Library Association Conference in the Sisters in Crime booth: giving away author goodies and a few copies of my book.
October 29th to November 1st I will be in Nashville, TN: attending the Killer Nashville Mystery Conference and signing books.
October 31st from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. I will be in Nashville, TN, at the Killer Nashville Conference: signing copies of my book, sharing freebies, & giving away cool prizes.



I’m currently reading The Killing Kind, an amazing thriller by a terrific author I know, Chris Holm. It’s one of those books you want to rush through, but you don’t because the writing is so good, you want to savor it. I alternate between gobbling up chapters and soaking in his brilliant prose and plotting.

It’s got a truly original premise (back cover blurb):

A hitman who only kills other hitmen winds up a target himself.
Michael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he’s not so bad a guy.
Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life–and beloved fiancée–and set out on a path of redemption…or perhaps one of willful self-destruction.
Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts–he only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he’ll make sure whoever’s coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living–but a great way to make himself a target.

I’m not the only one raving about it– check out the reviews he’s getting from NPR, AP, Kirkus Reviews (starred) and PW (to name a few).

If you only have time to read one book in October–read this book!

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Baltimore Book Festival + Fan Interaction + Upcoming Workshop


Apologies for the late post today. Mom and I drove down to Baltimore on Thursday for the Baltimore Book Festival and got back Sunday afternoon. I wasn’t able to do the post ahead of time for this morning and then I had to take Grandma E to the doctor.

So here’s what the last 4 days looked like.


View from our room.


Our room at the Residence Inn


USS Constitution


Spinach Salad at M&S Grill


Parmesan crusted flounder


Author tents on Friday


The Inner Harbor


Loved this dog at the Visitor Center


SFWA panel on what’s new in Sci-fi and fantasy


RWA Book Cover Bingo–most fun hour of panels


I won the fabulous Rebecca Rivard’s book in bingo!


Lunch on Friday


crossing genres panel


Dinner at the James Joyce Pub in Harbor East with the amazing Lauren and Sean–my bmore buddies!


The dessert that made me clap my hands. Bailey’s ice cream with caramelized brown bread pieces mixed in. Plus a fan of apples and strawberries.


Saturday in my author tent


Awesome shot of me signing books by JM McDowell, who came up to say hi and helped out during the unexpected tent move. :)


I reconnected with a high school friend at our 20th reunion last weekend and he came out to see me and get my books when we realized I would be in his city! Thanks Kadin! :)


The best chicken sandwich ever–Chick-Fil-A


Free hotel breakfasts rock!




Had some cool experiences already with readers from the Baltimore Book Festival.

First, someone came out to see me because he joined my mailing list at last year’s event and wanted to tell me how much he enjoyed Six Train. So cool!

Second, Emma, this adorable girl I met at this year’s event, bought my book and immediately started reading it. I know because she texted me the next day to let me know she loved the opening and that it was a “page turner.” I was so thrilled to hear from her!


I am teaching a one week online workshop on The Importance of Giving Up over on Savvy Authors next week. There’s still time to sign up if your interested.

Workshop Summary

We all have moments of self-doubt. Times where we wonder if we are on the right track with a story or with our pursuit of publication. Everyone talks about the power of perseverance, but no one really talks about how important it is to give up. To let yourself admit that things aren’t working out and to re-evaluate what you are doing. Sometimes we need to step back and decide if something is really worth it. We need to remember that this is a choice. And at any time we can choose to stop or choose to keep going. Sometimes giving up is the only way to find our way back to our story and our dream of publication.

Level: Mixed
Where:  The Savvy Forums
Cost:  Premium Members $20 / Basic Members $30


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Launch Party, 20th Reunion, And Brooklyn Book Festival in 4 days


At Bin 300 Bistro release party for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts


With Dorothy my Sunday school teacher at the release party


Chase Collegiate 20th reunion brunch


The Night Circus Themed Sesquicentennial Celebration at Chase Collegiate


A Sweet Maria’s layer cake for each school name!


Sweet Maria’s–I’ve never had such vanilla flavored vanilla cake!


The party






On Metro North to NYC the next morning with Mom for the Brooklyn Book Festival.


Lunch with Cousin A.


Diet Root Beer Float.


At the Brooklyn Book Festival in the MWA booth selling books!


At the Brooklyn Book Festival!

This has been my last four days in photos.

Now I’m gearing up for the Baltimore Book Festival this week!

I’ll be there Saturday, September 26, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the Author’s Tent on Pier 1 beside the USS Constellation ship. Stop by to say hi, chat writing, and ask questions about The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts!

And Boston friends, I just found out I have a spot at the Boston Book Festival in the Sisters in Crime booth from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, signing books!

I had a blog Q&A with Samantha at Thoughts on Tomes about Kat’s best friend, her fav social media, and my inspiration. In case anyone wants to check it out. :)

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What You Didn’t Know Can Hurt You


Six Train’s sequel is decimating me. What I thought was a good second draft isn’t. And I’m trying to balance my vision for the story against my betas’ comments.

I’ve run the emotional gamut from let’s burn this entire manuscript and stop the series to maybe it’s not so bad to oh my goodness I’ll never get this right and back again.

Luckily, I’m also working on my revision workshop for schools. I included a section on processing feedback. When I was practicing the talk, I remembered this is just how I do it. I don’t think it’s the best way, but it’s my way.

It’s also awful and draining. I hate going through this. But this is the only way I can get through feedback. I ride an emotional rollercoaster until it’s done. So I’ve just got to strap myself in for another 8-10 weeks of feeling every high and low.

And then I get a break before I do it all over again with my editor.

In case you were wondering, I don’t  get better at processing feedback. I get quicker. The same grueling emotional experience applies–just at a much faster pace.

I know feedback is necessary for the story. I know it’s part part of the writing process. It’s just difficult to change my perspective on a deadline. To hear all that isn’t working and then come up with solutions that work for the story. The entire time I’m battling all the self doubt that comes along with it.

Do I appreciate my beta readers? Absolutely. I need test readers to tell me what is and isn’t on the page. To show me what I’m showing them. Have we remained friends after every beta session? Of course. They are doing me a massive favor. Even if it takes a few months to smile about it.

How do you work through feedback?

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A Great Review, a Nice Award, a Cool Q&A, and Exciting Appearances

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Foreword Reviews published their review of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts in the fall edition of Foreword Reviews and on their website. They gave it 5 hearts!

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TGWIG is a Readers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist in YA mysteries.


Q&A and Giveaway

One of the NetGalley reviewers of TGWIG reached out to me to give away a signed copy of TGWIG and do a Q&A. Rin has a great blog for books and I was excited to be featured there:

September 3: Q&A with Rin about ghosts, my inspiration, & what’s to come in the sequel + Giveaway.


Upcoming Author Appearances

I’ve booked a couple more events for the fall. Here’s where I’ll be in September:

September 17th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In Wolcott, CT, at Bin 300 World Bistro: Launch Party for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts: cocktails & hot appetizers and book signing. Door prize at event. This is a ticketed event.
September 20th from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. In Brooklyn, NY, at the Brooklyn Book Festival in the Mystery Writers of America tent: selling and signing books and giving out author goodies.
September 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In Baltimore, MD, at the Baltimore Book Festival: selling signed copies of my books.

You can see my complete schedule for the year on my website: http://kourtneyheintz.com/news/


Writing Work

I finished the first draft of TGWIG’s sequel in late August.

I’ve received beta reader comments on Six Train’s sequel. I’ve read through them all and am mulling them over right now and preparing to start revisions this week.


School Visits

I’ve been hard at work creating all the paperwork for school visits, including my website content, and finalizing the PowerPoints.

I’ve has postcards designed and ordered them to send to schools this fall.

I’ve compiled a mailing list of schools in CT. Now I’m working on MA. I’m aiming to put them together for NY and RI too.



TGWIG has 49 reviews on Amazon and 63 ratings on Goodreads. I’m thrilled to have such a great response within 5 weeks of publication. I’m hoping to break 50 reviews on Amazon soon. I’d love to get 100 reviews for TGWIG by the end of the year. When I break 100, I’ll share the opening page of my draft of TGWIG’s sequel here. And I’ll run a giveaway with a $25 Amazon gift card.


Happy Labor Day!


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Blog Tour, Book Tour, and Antibiotics


John Bale Book Company Signing 8/13/15


August was a very intense month. The blog tour and social media blitz took a lot out of me. I also kicked off the book tour.

And I got taken down by a bad sinus infection. I’m on the mend (antibiotics), but I’ve written so many posts for the blog tour I want to take one more week to promote those posts before I get back to writing new ones again.

Here’s the last batch of posts that didn’t get any comment love in August. Instead of dropping a comment here, please show some blog love to one of these awesome bloggers who opened up their blogs to me.

August 5: Guest blogging on Becky on Books…and Quilts sharing why it’s important to believe in your story. 

August 10: Guest post on why I write series over on Write Bitches blog.

August 11: Q&A on Pink Fluffy Hearts about when I wanted to be a writer, my inspiration for Kat, & my favorite part of TGWIG.

August 12: Guest blogging on Authors to Watch about why I wrote a time travel novel.

August 18Q&A with Terry Odell about what’s on my desk, music while writing, and dogs or cats?


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Blog Post Love

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The blog tour is winding down for TGWIG so I’m going to be off on the book tour this week.

Some of my guests posts didn’t get any comment love, so if you have time please pick one and swing by. I want to support the bloggers who generously shared their space with me.

July 27: Sharing an original short story about a college experience with my best friend and a taxi incident at 3 a.m. on YARN: YA Review Network.

August 1: Q&A on Whatever You Can Still Betray talking about the big question behind TGWIG, why the unbelievables, and why I love writing ghosts and time travel.

August 3: Guest blogging on Pretty in Fiction blog about how I created the world of the unbelievables in The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts.

August 3Q&A with Omni Mystery News about the title, cover design, genre challenges, using a pseudonym and what’s on the horizon for me.

August 4: Dishing with Sarah at Workaday Reads about my writing routine, influences on my writing, and what I hope readers take away from the book.

August 4: Chatting with Katie, the Queen of Teen Fiction, about ghostly encounters, what inspired me to write ghosts, and where I would time travel to if I could.

Comments will be closed here this week.

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TGWIG’s Upcoming Events, Blog Tour Stops, & Such


Amazon Bestseller Lists and Hot Releases Lists

TGWIG has spent everyday since its release in the Hot Releases for Time Travel for teens and Mysteries and Thrillers for teens! It has continually been on the Best Seller list in both categories too. This is amazing exposure and makes me adore Amazon.


Upcoming Book Tour Stops

The book tour has kicked off along with the blog tour. Here’s where I’ll be in person over the next 7 weeks.

August 24, New Paltz, New York from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: I’m so excited for my writing workshop for teens on turning an idea into a concept in New Paltz at the Elting Memorial Library! It’s August 24 from 7-9 pm. We’re raffling off a gift certificate to the local bookstore Inquiring Minds. If you’re in the area stop by.


August 27, Wolcott, CT from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: I’ll be sharing Chicken Francese and chatting about writing with folks at La Fortuna.

I’ll be selling and signing copies of my newest release, The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts. Proceeds from the meal and $1 from every book sale will go to benefit the Wolcott Volunteer Ambulance Association.


September 17, Wolcott, CT from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Launch Party for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts at  Bin 300 World Bistro with cocktails & hot appetizers and book signing. Door prize at event. This is a ticketed event. All the details are on the invite below.

Mailchimp has gotten the invite tossed into half the spam boxes so I figured I’d post it here as well.

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September 26, Baltimore, MD from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Baltimore Book Festival Authors’ Tents selling and signing TGWIG.

October 5-9: Paid Workshop on Savvy Authors’ forum: conducting a week long online workshop “The Importance of Giving Up.”

October 9: New York Comic Con giving out freebies and enjoying the con.


Final Blog Tour Stops

August 155 Reasons TGWIG Should Make Your Summer Reading List guest posted on 4 am Writer’s blog. 

August 17Spectral Spotlight on K.C. Tansley with Hartford Books Examiner.

August 18: Q&A with Terry Odell about what’s on my desk, music while writing, and dogs or cats?

Entire TGWIG Blog Tour


Book Tour Stops in early August


August 1 in Madison, CT, at the Craft Fair on the Green.

Met some awesome folks and sold a lot of books! Great day!


August 13 in Waterbury, CT, at John Bale Book Company.

Had a delicious lunch and sold a good number of books. Good afternoon!



I am in the last 5 days of working on TGWIG’s sequel. The first draft will be done in a week. Then I get a break to focus on my website and creating everything I need for school visits.

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