Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Introducing Me (Kat) and My Characters

I was fortunate to be involved in Avenir from pretty early on. I got to contribute to some of the world building and write stories before the actual release of the magazine, so it's all very dear to me :).

About me:

My name is Kat Heckenbach and I write fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. I've been writing for several years now and have short stories in multiple online magazines and print anthologies.

My first novel just released last month from Splashdown Books, Middle Grade fantasy Finding Angel. If you want to know more about it, visit And if you want to learn more about me and dare to wander around in my head a bit, visit

My Avenir characters:

Jax is a bug-hunter, but not a typical one. He committed some serious white-collar crimes on the Avenir station. He was offered a deal--turn in his accomplices and be released on Eclectia. His death was staged to keep his family out of danger.

Mary is Jax's wife. She was pregnant when Jax was arrested and never had a chance to tell him. They have three other children, so she has no choice but to be strong.

Mary's friend Tomika comes to visit and reveals evidence she has found that Jax is alive--after taking a tour of the "lower level" with her friend Xavia.

Gavin is a young urchin who is taken under the wing of a Wizard named Spiner. He believes in the underwater angels and wants to learn more about them. Spiner and Gavin quickly begin to develop a father-son relationship.

Robynn is an urchin as well. Tall for her age, she pretends to be older and "befriends" the tougher kids in order to keep from being the victim of their bullying. She knows Gavin and in my last story involving her, she discovers that Gavin has been spending time with Spiner.

Piper is a girl who escaped human trafficking on Eclectia thanks to the help of a small rodent that led her to a perfect hiding spot on a cargo vessel headed to Avenir. I've only written one story with Piper, but hope to delve into her life a little more.

I love so much about writing for Avenir. The shortness of the stories make them easy to finish, yet the fact that they are so character-driven allows for real depth. And I adore being able to tie stories together :). It feels like a real community.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kat!
    I like it that you listed your characters. I'm familiar with a couple of them already and am excited about a cameo appearance one of them makes in one of my stories.
    Also, listing them like that I realize that I need to change the name of one of my characters to keep from confusion.