Heidi R. Kling writes about normal young women in fantastic situations – books that beg the question: what would you do in her shoes? Her latest, WHERE I FOUND YOU, is the new edition of her award-winning debut SEA (PenguinTeen). Its much-anticipated sequel, WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME, releases with EntangledTeen June, 2018.
Her dark contemporary PAINT MY BODY RED is a young adult contemporary drama with dark suspense and romance, eighteen-year-old Paige Mason escapes her pressure cooker life in California to her father’s dilapidated ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where, with the help of a charmingly steadfast cowboy and a wild horse, she faces the raw truth of her past in order to rebuild her life. The reviews compare it to 13 REASONS WHY and SPEAK, calling it “balm for the soul” and “a must read for teens and adults.” NOT OKAY, CUPID, a seaside tale of flirtatious revenge, launched in January. Readers are falling in love with Felix James and Hazel, comparing the romantic comedy to “10 Things I Hate About You” and Felix to our favorite bad boy football player Tim Riggins. She also has a fantasy series, contributes to anthologies and spends too much time crafting 140 character tweets.
Heidi majored in literature and creative writing in college and in grad school, where she earned her Master’s in Creative Writing from The New School in New York City.
She recently moved with her family from the rush of the Silicon Valley to the sleepy coastal town not unlike Capeside (Dawson’s Creek) which she calls Star’s Hollow by-the-sea. She directs children’s theatre, collects sea glass, eats too much clam chowder and gets to write novels from a beach house. When she’s lucky, her dog, Sailor Lily, sits beside her.