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Kristen Heitzmann

Kristen Heitzmann

Genres:
Historical
,
Romance
,
Suspense
While home schooling her four kids, Kristen Heitzmann wrote her first novel. It became one of a five book historical series. Since then, she's written three more historical novels and eight contemporary romantic and psychological suspense novels. She lives in Colorado with her husband Jim, sundry family members, and pets.
Kristen Heitzmann: Breathless

Kristen Heitzmann: Breathless

(December 2012)
Rel Mollet
Nine years after writing A Rush of Wings and The Still of Night (Bethany) featuring brothers Rick and Morgan Spencer, Kristen Heitzmann was hiking with an old iPod, listening to the music she used in those stories when Morgan invaded her head again demanding to be heard.

“I came home to write and couldn’t stop, so The Breath of Dawn was born,” shares Kristen, “Morgan’s smouldering, sarcastic, yet deeply caring and highly entertaining nature keeps calling me back for more.”

Morgan is grieving the loss of his wife when a snowstorm tosses the reclusive Quinn Riley into his path and his highly sought after problem-solving skills are aroused by her troubled circumstances.

Kristen writes a complex love story between two wounded souls, but hesitates to call it a romance, preferring to describe it as “gritty relational.” “I think the most effective element in a love story is strife. It provides great fodder for dialogue and emotional hooks with the reader who takes things as seriously as the characters themselves— if they care. Each must be heroic, and each must grow; but that means growing pains. If things get messy in the process, all the better. Faith adds depth, especially if it’s a struggling, wrestling sort of relationship like Jacob had with God.”

Kristen believes Morgan loves more deeply and cares for more people than many typical leading men—he is driven to help anyone he encounters with a problem. She explains Quinn’s response, “Quinn falls first and hardest because of Morgan’s fierce and tender love for his daughter, Livie; but she also sees his vulnerability, his courage in the face of grief, and—OK—he’s so downright desirable.” The popularity of such love stories is easy to explain, according to Kristen: “We’re created in God’s image, and God is love. The highest commandment after loving God with our whole hearts is to love one another. The fact that we do it so spectacularly poorly makes for wonderfully complex storytelling.”
 
 

 

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