As our June Book of the Month feature on Sea by Heidi R. Kling continues, we’re delighted to present part 2 of 3 in our exclusive interview with the author. Once again a big thanks to Heidi for answering all our questions!
What are you working on now?
At Novel Novice, one of our main goals is encouraging teens to read. What would you say to reluctant teen readers to convince them to pick up a book (any book)? Why do you think reading is so important?
I think storytelling is important and I encourage any form of it, talk-story, TV shows (really), plays, movies, books. Stories remind us of what is important, the range of characters that exist help form our identities, who we want to be…
Tell us about an educational experience you had that changed your life.
I starred in Fahrenheit 451 as a high school senior. My parents were in the middle of breaking up, my younger sisters were in a bit of a crisis and I was sort of … lost. Being in that play gave me a greater sense of purpose. Books were being burned! Stories were being lost! It really encouraged me to start my own dream of being a writer, majoring in creative writing, etc. Amazing experience.