I am thrilled to join 14 other suspense authors in creating Dangerous Pursuits, a collection of 15 suspenseful novellas, all aiming to keep you on the edge of your seat! In anticipation of this amazing collection releasing on October 12th, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to each of the authors and give you, the readers, a glimpse into each of their lives and writing process. Today, we have the best-selling author of The Butterfly Recluse, Therese Heckenkamp.
Born in Australia but raised in the US as a homeschooled student, Therese has been writing stories since before she could spell. At eighteen, she completed the first draft of her first published novel. She’s now the award-winning author of four Christian romance and suspense novels. Her books have reached #1 bestseller in various Amazon Kindle categories, including Inspirational Religious Fiction.
A busy wife and mother of five, Therese lives in Wisconsin and fits in writing time whenever she can manage (and sometimes when she can’t). She dreams up new stories mostly at night when the house is finally quiet. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she looks forward to writing many more novels in the future. You can find her here at her website, ThereseHeckenkamp.com.
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Let’s get to our interview, shall we?
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
As a child—when I first experienced the wonderful world of books. I couldn’t think of anything more exciting than being a part of that. Before I could even spell properly, I was doing my best to put words on paper to create my own stories.
- What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I often write while lying on my bed. Something about this helps me block my inner critic and tap into my imagination, and I’ve been writing this way since I was a teen.
- Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
From anywhere and everywhere. I know, so vague, but it’s true. Real-life experiences, places, people, news stories, songs, and more—they’ve all triggered ideas.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read, but finding a peaceful location to do so can be a challenge in my house. I also like spending time with my family (with five kids, I’m always in high demand!), going for walks (double stroller required), eating ice cream, riding my bike (which hopefully counteracts the ice cream), and watching movies.
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That no matter how little time I think I have, if I squeeze in some writing each day, I can complete the first draft of an entire novel in a relatively short time.
- What’s your favorite part about being a writer? Research? First Draft? Editing?
Probably the first draft, when I’m most free to explore new ideas, characters, and unexpected twists. At that point, I’m mainly writing for my own enjoyment, and I like that my words aren’t yet being scrutinized by others.
- What do you think makes a good story?
One that keeps me entertained and intrigued—to the point that I forget it’s a story. I love a happy ending, but the journey to get there should make it all worthwhile.
- As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be an author, work in a bakery, get married, and have kids. And what do you know? I’m blessed to have done all these things.
- How do we find your books?
They’re available in ebook and paperback on Amazon. (The paperbacks are also available through most booksellers.)
- Tell us about your novella for the Dangerous Pursuits Collection.
After welcoming a new baby in 2020, I didn’t think I’d be releasing any books this year. But when I was invited to contribute to this exciting collection, I couldn’t say no. I brainstormed most of my story on Mother’s Day and came up with a suspenseful tale about a mom who risks everything to save a baby. And when my sweet baby wasn’t keeping me up at night, this novella was—so it’s no coincidence it’s called Sleep Deprived. Now I hope it keeps readers up at night too (for good reasons only, of course!). 🙂
An odd encounter in a cemetery.
A baby in need.
Every mom’s worst nightmare.
When sleep deprivation skews her judgment, grieving young mother Mae risks everything to save a baby—only to wind up accused of a crime. Now her freedom, her marriage, and her life are at stake. She fights to clear her name, but she can’t do it alone. Her husband is the only one she can turn to. But with their relationship crumbling, even he may not be on her side. Will their struggles rekindle their love, or kill it? If they don’t work together to overcome past wounds and current danger, Mae might finally end up resting in peace. Permanently.
To preorder the Dangerous Pursuits collection for only 99 cents, click one of the links below.
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WINNERS of last week’s giveaway is KAY GARRETT and NATALYA LAKHNO. Congratulations, Kay and Natalya!
Comment to win an ebook copy of Therese’s novel The Butterfly Recluse https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TB1HXND.
Don’t forget to include your email address for ease of contact. (Ends 8/8. I will announce winner with the next interview.)