Heidi R. Kling writes relatable young people in fantastic situations – books that beg the question: what would you do in their shoes?
Her latest, WHERE I FOUND YOU, is the 10-year anniversary paperback version of hardcover award-winning debut SEA (PenguinTeen) about a teen who joins her father in a overseas mission to help Indonesian kids orphaned by the tsunami.
Its much-anticipated sequel WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME, released with Entangled Teen June, 2018. PAINT MY BODY RED, a contemporary mystery, takes place in pressure cooker Silicon Valley and a dilapidated ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Boasting the importance of family, self-regulation and perseverance reviews coin it “balm for the soul” and “a must read for teens and adults.”
Her lighter novels and fantasy works include NOT OKAY, CUPID, a comedy of errors and seaside revenge and forthcoming MASQUERADE GIRL.
Heidi also created the fantasy series Spellspinners of Melas County, an interactive gaming app with a start-up about talented witches and warlocks competing for dark and light magic.
Her first middle grade graphic novel with cartoonist Khalid Birdsong, The Reluctant Superhero Adventures of Spark and Blue, is about twins with emerging and dangerous(ly) funny powers is a delight to write!
In addition to writing for books for children and teens, Heidi is the artistic director and playwright of All the World’s Our Stage, a popular children’s theatre on Stanford University campus and in Half Moon Bay California, which she teaches kids self-esteem and social skills through moving, play and story.
Heidi majored in literature and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz and earned her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School Writing program in New York City. She volunteers with San Mateo and San Francisco County Libraries as a Teen Mental Health advocate through literature and writing, most recently a visiting author at BAYA and YANovCon.
Recently escaping the jaws of the Silicon Valley, she now writes, juggles and shenanigans with husband, two children and sailor dog by the sea, not unlike the coastside village Spark and Blue reside. Only we don’t live in a lighthouse. (Yet.)
Follow her on Instagram: @heidirklingauthor or twitter @heidirkling