Today we're excited to chat with Heidi R Kling (Where The Sea Takes Me)
as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!
Read on for more about Heidi, her novel, plus a giveaway!
Meet Heidi R Kling!
Heidi R. Kling is the bestselling author of novels about relatable girls in fantastic situations— books that beg the question: what would YOU do in her shoes? Her latest, WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME, is the sequel to her award-winning debut novel Sea #1 WHERE I FOUND YOU. A native Californian, she relocated to New York to earn her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and is now living her dream writing full time in a tiny town on the Cali coast with her husband, two kids, their Sailor dog and a guinea pig named Llama Llama. Visit her on the web at http://heidirkling.com and follow Heidi R. Kling
Meet Where The Sea Takes Me!
Two years later might as well be two lifetimes.
Sienna’s in college, working hard to achieve her dreams, and trying to love another boy—and halfway succeeding. She’d be totally happy with her life if she could just stop dreaming about him. Deni. The boy she left behind on the shores of Banda Aceh.
When she gets word Deni’s coming to America, Sea’s world shifts. And when he arrives on her doorstep, she's shaken to the core.
Sparks don’t just fly, they soar—and threaten to burn down the new life she’s so patiently, persistently, built.
When they’re both invited to join a relief mission in Cambodia, they jump at the chance to help…and be together. As the time and distance between them melts away in the sticky Cambodian heat, Sienna knows her heart can’t take losing him again.
And that’s exactly what might happen.
~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~
YABC: What book or books were your go-to choice when you were a teen?
Like most 80’s girls, I lapped up Judy Blume books: Tiger Eyes and Deenie were my faves. I remember sneaking Forever and reading it on the deck of a delapitated doughboy pool. Just for “those parts”.
YABC: Did you prefer a specific genre as a teen? Or was any genre game?
Like Adult Heidi, I preferred contemporary with a great hook and some sort of tragedy. Lots of romance and intrigue. The Flowers in the Attic series were another fave.
YABC: Which social media site do you wish had been available to you as a teen and why?
Probably Instagram. We took a lot of photos in high school and it would’ve been fun to share them instantly with the friends. But I also think social media is a real problem for today’s teens for that same reason. They have everything at their fingertips so have a harder time being patient and waiting for things. We had to wait three days for our film to develop for instance! Craziness. ;)
YABC: What advice would you give teens who might want to be a writer?
Live your life. The best stories come from personal experience and from being a part of the world. Then translate it in your own voice and shape the story that way.
YABC: What 3 YA books would you love to recommend to our readers?
PAINT MY BODY RED is one of mine that I wish all teens would read. It’s advertised as a novel about suicide but it is not. It’s a novel about family and resilience and hope that features some tough topics like suicide.
LOOKING FOR ALASKA: I realize John Green is a monolith now but this book really made me want to finish and sell my first novel. It’s a brilliant book full of raw truth and humor. It’s my favorite YA.
WHAT I SAW AND WHY I LIED: Brilliantly written, stylish, noir, historical. It’s fabulous.
Where The Sea Takes Me
By: Heidi R Kling
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: April 2nd, 2018