Of Art and Lucre by Kristen Heitzmann

A few weeks ago I finished writing the second book in my Told You Series. It’s always exhilarating to bring the crescendo to a final resonating note. The arc is complete, the suspense resolved, a satisfying denouement for the characters with hope for their future. In writing, composing, creating art in any form, there’s a structure—maybe not planned in advance but there in the essence of the whole—that makes it complete.

As a novelist, I delight in the process, the choosing and pacing and rhythm of each word, from the start of a story to the end. That doesn’t mean it’s without effort, without time, without myriad renderings to do justice to the gift planted in my heart before I even came to be. So when I reached the end of Told You Twice, I rejoiced. There it is, I thought. There it is.

Of course I step away, and give those one hundred fourteen thousand words time. I gather feedback, get the edits, and revisit and polish and revise. But the thing is whole, the story complete. So what happens when I want more, when I sense a continuation with these same characters? Maybe not a full length novel, but a fresh conflict, a further development of their relationship, digging deeper into things that formed them, into spiritual and emotional truths.

Free-spirit creator that I am, I start to write. In fact I can barely keep up as new ideas pour out. A novella maybe. Twice Take Two. Number 2.5 in the series. This feels right. It’s exciting. But then doubt creeps in, doubt fed by the knowledge that a whole segment of the population will cry foul!

Like the reviewers who really enjoyed my historical series but could not understand why it was three books when they should have only had to buy one. Never mind that each book was 400+ pages, that it took nine months of research, writing, revisions, and promotion to launch each one. The reviewers’ conclusion: “The author just wants more money.”

Ah, filthy lucre.

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Suddenly, I don’t know. I wanted to give my wonderful readers who go through the suspense of Told You Twice an encore—it is Bo Corrigan. And, oh, does he deserve one.


The outcry. Like piranhas or flesh eating bacteria, there are those who feed on people’s gifts and efforts, and think they have a right to them at no cost to themselves. I’m not ranting. Truly. I’m asking myself if it’s worth the heartache.

Then, I look at my document and know that story will happen. I can’t refuse it. And maybe I’ll put it out there in the shark infested waters, because…well…it’s why I’m here, fulfilling a destiny and a calling, for the praise and glory of the Creator, and of the Savior who bore our afflictions, and of the Holy Spirit who breathes life into every word.

Kristen Heitzmann





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18 Responses to Of Art and Lucre by Kristen Heitzmann

  1. April says:

    You are my favorite author, and i thank you for all you put into your writing. I just finished ‘Told you so” it was great, and i can’t wait for ‘Told you twice”
    Thank you for sharing your God given talent. 😊

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  2. I buy every one of your books as soon as it comes out–believe me, I’m not waiting for a sale price!

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  3. Cindy says:

    You know how I feel Kristen. Your books are worth every penny! You are the only author I buy and keep your books. Each one is a precious jewel to me. I try other authors and I have read some good books but nobody else has inspired my devotion but you. Keep writing friend. You have a special gift. A talent that should not be buried. “In this life you will have trouble, but I have overcome the world” Ignore the haters. You fans know who you are and are grateful for anything you give us.

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  4. courtney207 says:

    As for me, I can’t wait to read Told You Twice AND the encore! I’m sure Bo will deserve one 🙂

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  5. jackielayton says:

    Kristen, if you write it, we’ll read it. Ignore the doubts and go/write where God leads you.

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  6. Melissa Parcel says:

    I agree–you know what you are feeling led to write. I love to read all of it, so keep writing! I find it kind of strange that people say things like that about just being in it for the money, if they only knew what writers really make! Makes you wonder if people ever say to artists “Why did you paint more than one painting, you could have put everything in one so we only had to buy one” or musicians “how dare you make more than one album, one was plenty!”

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  7. Susan says:

    Kristen, I have read many of your books and I think you are a masterful writer! You are a gifted storyteller! Thanks for sharing your gift.

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  8. Interesting how we get burned, isn’t it? My first book got many, many positive reviews, with people reading into it (for the good) much more than I thought was there. But two people–yes, two–really disliked it, but were so kind as not to publish their comments. I thanked them, but have never gone back to the group.


  9. mumof4plus1 says:

    I remember reading those comments on your historical series after finishing it myself, and wondering, “How on earth did they think she could fit all of that in one novel?” It’s like complaining because Lord of the Rings is three volumes! And presumably they gave up on Harry Potter a long time ago…

    Very much looking forward to ‘Told You Twice’ – and Thrice and however many times they need to be told 🙂


  10. Thank you so much. I know real readers get it. And I feel for the others. 🙂


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