The Six Train to Wisconsin Series
Genre: Paranormal and Suspense
Publisher: Aurea Blue Press
Date of Publication: 11/1/2016
Number of pages: 420
Word Count: 94,000
Cover Artist: Creative Paramita
His secrets almost killed her. Her secrets may destroy them both.
Kai is recovering from a near-death experience when she realizes something isn’t right. Her body is healing, but her mind no longer feels quite like her own. Her telepathic powers are changing, too. She can’t trust herself. The darkness growing inside of her pushes her to use her telepathy as a weapon.
Oliver clings to the hope that he can save their marriage, even though he was the one who put her life in jeopardy. As his wife slips further and further away from him, he becomes increasingly obsessed with bringing the man who ruined his life to justice.
The sequel to The Six Train to Wisconsin is a genre-defying tale of love and consequences. Once again, award-winning author Kourtney Heintz seamlessly weaves suspense and paranormal intrigue into a real-world setting, creating characters rich in emotional and psychological complexity.
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Kourtney resides in Connecticut with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and three quirky golden retrievers. Years of working on Wall Street provided the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run amok at night, envisioning a world where out-of-control telepathy and buried secrets collide.
You can find out more about Kourtney and her books at: http://kourtneyheintz.com
Pretty much anything and everything can inspire me. A line of dialogue in a movie, a flower growing in the cracks of a sidewalk, or even a conversation I have with a friend. Inspiration is all around me, I just have to attune to it.
In Highway Thirteen to Manhattan, certain aspects of the story were inspired by other authors. The Harper Connelly series by Charlaine Harris taught me that it’s okay to write flawed characters. Her Sookie Stackhouse series inspired me to write my own version of a telepath. I love the language of Alice Sebold’s and Alice Hoffmann’s books. I wanted to give this story a little literary bent. I like an element of mystery and suspense in my stories. The darkness and the suspense in the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin definitely influenced how I handled this installment of the series.
Lots of stuff trickles in from my real life—character traits or settings. I had a boss who talked in percentages, so I gave that trait to Oliver. I have migraines so I gave Kai these telepathic migraines. I lived in San Diego and attended UCSD, which is where Kai and Oliver met.
2. Do you have a dream cast for your book?
Of course. Depending on when they make the movies, I have a Pinterest board of which actors I would love to see as my characters for The Six Train to Wisconsin series. I will admit that I created the character of Alex with Alexander Skarsgard specifically in mind.
3. How do you handle writer’s block?
I don't believe in a muse. Writing is something I do every day. It's my job. If something isn't working in the story, I get what I term writer's pause. It's where I hesitate to move forward because there is a problem in the story. Could be that I’m forcing a character to do stuff for plot purposes and those actions simply don’t flow from who the character is. Could be I’ve created a plot hole that needs to be resolved. Could be that I know where I need to go but I don’t know the bridge scene to write to get there. My solution is that I don't stop writing. I skip ahead and write a scene I’m really excited about, or I go over what I've written already and make some edits until I realize where the issue is and I fix it.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
It’s the sequel to my first novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin, so it was always in the works. In Highway Thirteen to Manhattan, I wanted to showcase the aftermath of lies and betrayal. I wanted to explore what they can do to the strongest of relationships. I’ve also got a bit of a fan base in Butternut, Wisconsin, and they’ve been patiently waiting on this book.
5.What’s the hardest part of being an author?
I had high hopes that I could be in my Kour cave, writing amazing stories and living with my characters. But that’s only about 50% of my job. I spend a lot of time promoting and building an audience. I love interacting with fans, but I’m a natural introvert so “being on” and “interacting” for hours on end can drain my batteries. After I sell books in person, where I have to talk the book up to every single reader, I need a day or two of alone time to recharge.