As Kourtney Heintz, I write cross genre fiction that melds fantasy, mystery, and literary into an unforgettable love story. For my characters, love is a journey never a destination. My debut award-winning novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin, was published in May 2013.

As K.C. Tansley, I write time travel murder mysteries for young adults. Believing in the unbelievables & writing about it.

Avid blogger, part-time ranter, mildly-obsessed archer, occasional bellydancer.

If you’re interested in hearing about the day-to-day struggles to write the best books I can possibly write and build a reader following, then you’ve come to the right place.

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Let’s see where my feet take me.

And if you want more info on me, check out my website:

119 Responses to Bio

  1. Joan says:

    Kourtney, thank you for the Bell post. I, too am an aspiring writer and soak up all the help I can get. Appreciate it that you took the time and made his comments so coherent.

  2. Hi Kourtney, the laws of probability not favoring the aspiring novelist, I think you would be wise–no matter how wonderful your innate talent–to expend most of your efforts on short pieces. As you get feedback on your work, your talent will bloom and, more important, you will not be overcome with frustration.
    One other thing, I urge you to be your unique self. In other words, don’t try to be like anyone else. If you do, you’ll err. As fact, your perspective has been influenced by myriad factors, and it is different from all others’. Good luck!

    • Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. Publishing short stories is no easier than publishing a book unfortunately. As for getting feedback, I have beta readers, I attend conferences with agent critiques, and I also participate in charity auctions where agents/editors/pubbed authors critique my work. I prefer writing books so that is where I focus my talents. I am completely aware of how difficult a goal I have here. When I wanted to go to Georgetown, many people told me that was impossible. Guess what? I got accepted early action and graduated from Georgetown. I remain true to myself and my voice in my writing.

  3. jmmcdowell says:

    Thanks for following my blog – also the record of my writing journey. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    • You’re very welcome! I’m very interested in hearing more about your writing journey. It’s a lonely path trying to get published and it’s great to meet someone else who is experiencing similar ups and downs. 🙂

  4. jmmcdowell says:

    Good morning!

    I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger award. You can find the details at

    I hope it helps even more people find your blog!

  5. Hi Kourtney, I would like to pass on the One lovely blog award to you

    Sally P aka limebirdsally

  6. Hi Kourtney,

    Thanks so much for your visit and I wish you all the best in your publishing endeavors! You’ve already put yourself in the inner circle, so I’m sure with perseverance, you’ll make it to the finish line! I’ll read more of your posts, too! 🙂

  7. limebirdbeth says:

    Limebird Writers have nominated you for the 7 x 7 award! Woo hoo, congratulations. –×7-award/

  8. indiaphare says:

    Hey, I’m passing on the One Lovely Blog Award to you because your blog is definitely lovely, and a lot of fun. You can see the details here:
    Thanks for keeping me entertained!

  9. Janet says:

    Hi Kourtney,
    Nice to meet you and thanks for following my blog. All the best with your novels. I guess you’ll let us know via your blog how things turn out.

    • Hi Janet,

      Congrats on your blog award! Glad to follow such a cool blogger. 🙂 Thanks! I’m querying away on the adult book and revising the YA. I’ll keep you posted about how things turn out on my blog/FB/Twitter. When I get an agent, I’ll also be shouting from my rooftop for the greater CT area. 😛

  10. Thanks for following me, love connecting with other writers on their publishing journey! Looking forward to reasing your blog!

  11. Cat Forsley says:

    So wonderful to REALLY connect 🙂 VIRTUALLY yes – But ———— You are One Coooooool lady 🙂 U know what I mean ? Sometimes You Just Kinda Feel Like You know The person – from their style of writing perhaps – I dunno what It is ………
    “In the Trenches ” above comment —– 🙂 Totally wonderful Kourtney —– xo Catherine ……x 🙂

  12. La La says:

    Linked to you on my blog. Don’t worry, you don’t have to fill anything out unless you want to do so 🙂

  13. Michael says:

    Hi Kourtney, I wish to share this, “Sunshine Award” with you because your posts often brings in the lights I am looking for. I hope you can accept it. Be mindful, no pressure, okay. Meanwhile, the details are in my latest post. Have a great day Kourtney. !!!

  14. Samir says:

    Hi Kourtney – Thanks for passing on the ABC award to Cecile’s Writers. It’s always great to know that fellow bloggers find your content awesome 😉

  15. crubin says:


    I have tagged you for the The Lucky 7 Meme. Details can be found on my blog: You can either thank me or punch me, but please do not feel obligated to participate. It’s all in fun, and I have no expectations of anyone continuing on with the chain—um, I mean, game.

    Have a great day!


  16. creativeboys says:

    Hello Kourtney!
    You are the winner for two awards! Congrats!
    Have a great week and best wishes, Nizam

  17. Hi Kourtney, just wanted to let you know that I read your novel excerpt and really liked it. It was very fast paced and well-written and I think the central idea, of a person who feels all the ills of the world, is a very interesting one, especially since she’s a social worker (I would be a hermit, if I were her). Anyway, looking forward to reading the rest of it!

    • Thanks so much! 🙂 Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I tried to douse the characters in conflict. The characters came to me before the plot on this one. If you have a second,could you please post a short review on Amazon? You could just paste your comment to me there. And feel free to star it whatever you feel it deserves. 🙂

  18. lostupabove says:

    Thank you for following my blog.

  19. Hi Kourtney. I keep running across you on other blogs and clicking back here…don’t know why I haven’t clicked follow before now. 🙂

  20. Hi! I just nominated you for the inspiring blog award. Check out my page here: Cheers 🙂

  21. Samir says:

    Hi Kourtney, we’ve nominated you for the T.M.I. Award 😉
    You can find the details here:

  22. crubin says:

    Hi Kourtney,

    I nominated you for The Genuine Blogger Award and The Reader Appreciation Award. Info can be found here:

    As always, do not feel pressure to participate. I nominated you because you were one of my earliest followers who continues to come by, and I appreciate your support.

    Have a great day!


    • Dear Carrie,

      Thanks so much! Wow a double award. 🙂 I’m planning to do an award post this week so perfect timing! I’ll definitely participate. 🙂 I appreciate the nomination. You have a really terrific blog that is a gut splitting laugh riot. I don’t know how you do it. But every post makes me snort and giggle. 😉

      Have a wonderful day,

  23. Cat Forsley says:


  24. I don’t understand pingbacks either. LOL. I get them in my comments and approve them. 🙂 The weather is very humid here. Spring and summer seems to be in a tug of war. Lots of rain and humidity here. 🙂


    • Cat Forsley says:


      • Don’t really get the difference between a ping and a track back. They are supposed to be good. 🙂 Let me know if you find a clear definition. Toe is much improved. 🙂 Got a request on my YA manuscript today. That was a fantastic mood lifter. 🙂


  25. Cat Forsley says:

    ON THE TOE AND ON THE YA .,…………….:)
    🙂 🙂 🙂

  26. Kourtney are you OK? Did you have a car accident? Is there a cat in your lap helping? DId you delete a post about awards? ( got an error when I tried to comment on it – will try again…if I can find it?)
    ANyway, yea you….hope you are OK

  27. Hey Kourtney! I wanted to let you know that I truly enjoy your blog and everything you’ve posted. And I adore that you’ve liked some of the things I’ve written. So sweet of you! That being said, I wanted to also tell you that I’ve nominated you for the Readers Appreciation Award!!!

    Spread the Love!!

  28. You’re it! You’ve been tagged with the Lucky 7 meme… Check it out…

  29. 4amWriter says:

    Hey Kourtney, thought I’d let you know that I nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award. Here is the link:

    Don’t feel obligated to do anything with it, but you’re one of my top 3 commenters and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your support. 🙂

  30. Androgoth says:

    A fine introduction my friend, and I wish you very well in your quest to become a published Author, the road is long and hard with many knock-backs along the way but with hard work and a true commitment towards success there can be a most fruitful and positive outcome 🙂

    I am visiting you today from Cat’s Space…


    • Hi Androgoth. Thanks so much for stopping by! Cat is AMAZING. Glad to meet you through her. 🙂 It’s slow going, but I can’t imagine committing my life to any other enterprise.

      • Cat Forsley says:

        OMG …..
        I see ANDRO !!!!!!!!!!
        Watch OUT 🙂 LOL XX
        WHAT A QUOTE – RIGHT THERE …..:) and what beautiful synchro !!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂
        Goodnight K xx
        and Andro ,,,,lol 🙂 x
        Don’t stop believin!!!! xoxoxoxoox C xx
        ps- gonna put that quote in the passiony quotes on the site right now ….
        that was a truly awesome moment xx
        🙂 xo C

        • Wow! Very cool that Andro popped over from your blogosphere. 🙂 I really can’t. There’s nothing I want to do everyday until I die but write. The rest is just stuff that I have to do. 🙂
          Glad you like it–feel free to use it on your fervour & forever blog.

          It’s something I was thinking about today actually. How happy I am to wake up and write everyday. How much better it is than anything I did before. 🙂

      • Androgoth says:

        Writing scripts can be a tad slow to reach the height that we are aiming for but that is part of the adventure and for the period in between we can adapt our styles and gain a wider understanding of what genre is our forte. I wish you every success my friend 🙂


        • Thanks. Genre has always been a stumbling block for me. I find I can’t stick to one thing. I am always crossing genres and mixing them into my own delicious cocktail. 🙂 It’s a long long journey, but the me of today is ten time better than the me of a year ago. Wishing you lots of success too.

      • Androgoth says:

        Thank you my friend, I figure that whatever genre we are writing in is the correct path, as every word that we write adds to our creativity and thus pushes the boundaries of our own thinking. You will always improve and find new avenues and of course these are all really good experiences, a sort of learning curve shall we say? 🙂

        Do have a very nice rest of evening, here it is 02:45 and time that I put out the candles for the morning 🙂 I will call again later and read some of your work 🙂


        • Very true. I think everything I’ve done has prepared me for this moment. And everything I will do will prepare me for the next one. None of my writing misses have been a waste of time because all were part of the learning process. 🙂 Have a good rest.


  31. Cat Forsley says:

    SEE this is why i have to go to zzzz now 🙂
    tooo much computer time xx
    lots of love !

  32. Thanks for following my blog and visiting it!!!
    You’ve made my day. Following yours too. 🙂

  33. jmmcdowell says:

    Hi, Kourtney, I’m tagging you in the “Next Big Thing Tour” in a post on 12/26. The tour is designed to post on Wednesdays, and I know this is a heck of a time of year for it. So please don’t feel obligated to do up a post for 1/3/13! If you’re interested, I can send you the questions so you have time to prepare. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  34. Gwen says:

    Hey, stranger! Thanks for the follow. How’s The Six Train coming along?

    • You’re welcome! 🙂 I’m self-publishing it this spring. Went through lots of agent requests. Did lots of revisions and realized it’s not something agents think will be a bestseller. So best to self-pub and see what happens.

  35. Gwen says:

    How exciting. I’m sorry it didn’t work out via the agent route. You can count on my support!

    • It’s pretty nice to be in complete control for a change. 🙂 I still think it’s a necessary route to try. I learned so much about writing a hooking query letter and what wasn’t working in my manuscript. Definitely time well spent. And I’ll try the traditional route with each book. But when you think about how much money a book has to make to be profitable to a publishing house and the agent, you realize there are good books that won’t be traditional published from a numbers perspective. Aw thanks so much Gwen! How are things going with your book?

  36. Gwen says:

    Haha – funny you should ask. A very kind and generous blogger nominated me for “The Next Big Thing,” so I shall be posting about this topic very soon. Stay tuned 🙂

  37. Kourtney, how are you?

    Good news, we are giving you the “BEST MOMENT AWARD“. Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the day!

    • Thanks so much for this lovely award. 🙂 I won’t be able to do an award post for a bit because they take some time to put together and I’m under deadline for my book, but I really really appreciate the nomination. 🙂

  38. Pingback: Awesome Epic Dragon | jmmcdowell

  39. Pingback: Some Blogs You May Not Have Seen | jmmcdowell

  40. Hi Kourtney,
    I come to you by way of Carrie Rubin’s blog, who speaks highly of you. I’m an aspiring writer, so I think I came to the right place. It’s nice to meet you.

  41. Pingback: A Wonderful Team And The WordPress Family | jmmcdowell

  42. Mayumi-H says:

    Thanks for following me back, Kourtney! I hope I can offer at least some amusement. 🙂

    • Of course! I love meeting bloggers and getting to know them. 🙂 Thank you so much for that last post. Really gave me a good chuckle. I love how you handled the whole bag search situation. Made me like you even more!

  43. Kourtney I knew I would miss out some links and have since thought of several more I left off, so please accept my apologies and It gives me great pleasure in giving you The Sister of the World Blogger Award Love and Blessings
    Love and Blessings Sue xxx

  44. Carrie Rubin says:

    Thanks so much for the reblog, Kourtney. Much appreciated! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🙂

  45. Gede Prama says:

    Thank you friends for sharing the article is quite interesting, hopefully we all get that true happiness rays began to warm our hearts and make the heart glad, when we can share with each other sincerely. Lots of love from Gede Prama 🙂 🙂

  46. Karin Van den Bergh says:

    Interesting bio, Kourtney. I may want to read one of your books now.
    Nice meeting you 🙂

  47. Joyce Fischer says:

    Hello Kourtney,
    I came across your name in the wausau buyers guide. I miss your arrival and wanted to listen to you as well as chat with on ideas of writing. Would love to chat with on ideas of writing..thank you, Joyce Fischer

  48. Joyce Fischer says:

    In responding would it be ok in your message

Any thoughts or reactions or favorite foods you want to share?