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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Story Secrets: SEA by Heidi Kling

Do you know what a sweetheart Heidi Kling, debut author of SEA (launching today!), is? I'm here to tell you she is that, and more. I just met her at the very amazing Teen Author Carnival in NYC, and she is every bit as nice as you would expect. (Pic: me, Heidi, Sarah Ockler, and Kieran Scott)

Heidi and I are meeting up at ALA in Washington, DC at the end of this month to sign our debut books - PLUS she's here today to spill some secrets about SEA...

So without further ado, I present Heidi!


SEA is a romantic adventure about hope after tragedy set in post-tsunami Indonesia.

I spent years in Indonesia, a place I'd never been. Also, did a lot of soul searching --how would my family react if I suddenly went missing--how would I react to this situation if I was 15--it was incredible spending time with these characters. I love them like they are my own family now.

Holly Cupala: I love to hear the stories behind the story. How did SEA hit you?

Heidi Kling: The long story is on my website, but I was inspired by my husband's real life volunteer efforts.

What driving force is at the core of SEA?

I'm inspired by people who see the world in a positive way--who react to situations like, "How can I make this better? How can I help improve myself? How can I be a better friend/spouse/citizen of the world. I try to surround myself by like minded people who are constantly working to evolve and make the world a brighter place.

How long did it take you to write, and did the story evolve as you revised?

Three years. I started writing SEA when my son (who is now 7) started preschool. It took a lot of research and since it involves another culture, I wanted to make sure I was sensitive as well as honest in my portrayal. I made friends with some of the tsunami survivors, who helped me a lot--particularly a young man named Usul, who I consider a good friend now. He's amazing.

What do you most hope your readers will take away?

A sense of hope. A sense that one person can make a difference. Also, a sense that you can be true to yourself--your decisions don't have to please everyone, but if they ultimately enrich your life in a positive way---that may be the best decision for you. Sienna makes some choices that make some people very nervous, but I think they were right for her in that situation.

Any secrets you might be willing to share?

Are you asking me to play Truth and Dare, Holly? ;-)

'What's up next after SEA?

I'm finishing up a modern fantasy novel about estranged witches and warlocks set in a beach town. It's a planned trilogy. Also, I'm contributing to the Mystic Falls Vampire Diaries anthology which is coming out in October. #TeamDamon.


Thanks, Heidi, for stopping by to tell us the secrets of SEA! And readers, be sure to visit Heidi's blog for lots of launch day celebration! Here's the cool trailer:


  1. I've been hearing about SEA for some time.

    Can't wait to get my hands on it!

  2. I can't wait until I can read this book! It looks fantastic.

  3. I hear about this book everywhere. LOVELYNESS!

  4. The book sounds great as does the fantasies you're working on. Can't wait to read SEA.

  5. The synopsis sounds enjoyable, and the cover is gorgeous--can't wait to read it!
    Plus, Heidi sounds so nice! :)
    Love, Hannah

  6. I can't wait to read it, too! Such a pretty cover.

  7. Lovely, lovely! Thanks for sharing, Holly and Heidi!