An Interview with T.J. Kline
Tina, you just published the fourth title in the Healing Harts Series, which of the four was your favorite to write?
Bailey’s story (Wild at Heart) was definitely my favorite to write. She’s been such a fun character to deal with throughout the other three books that when it came time for her romance, I knew her extremely well. That’s not to say that she didn’t have a few surprises for me along the way. However, because readers have seen so much of her (and adore her) in the other Healing Harts novels, I wanted to be sure her story would live up to their expectations.
Where did the idea for the Healing Harts series come from?
It actually began as nothing more than an idea of something I always had a dream of doing – operating a horse rescue/youth camp. I knew there would be difficulties in running any nonprofit and that whoever ran it would have a difficult time going at it alone, so siblings were a must. Plus, I have a brother and a sister I couldn’t live without. I love the family dynamic, and the drama it ensues. From there, the Healing Harts series sort of took on a life of its own.
Do you have more fun writing the heroes or heroines POV?
It depends on what I’m writing. I write from both POV pretty equally and most of the time, it stems on whose head the reader needs to be in for each scene. For example, if I want the reader to see Bailey having second thoughts and questioning a rash decision, I’m going to have the scene in her POV rather than her heroes. Because I write each scene very character-driven, I don’t think of it as male/female POV but as Bailey’s POV, or Chase’s POV.
What is your favorite type of scene to write and which is your least favorite?
I love writing the scenes that have a high emotional impact. These are usually the ones that the entire story has been building up to with heavy drama. You know, the ones where the characters grab your heart and twist it, wringing out every emotion you’ve felt so far. Those are fun. Now, the actual sex scenes…not so much. It’s a difficult balance to write sex in a new way without sounding corny, all while trying to remember to keep all of the parts in positions that a normal person might be able to perform.
Do you have a character that is most like you?
Honestly, there are parts of each character that are a lot like me. When I wrote Jessie, I remember thinking how much she was like me. Then, when I wrote Julia I thought, “I do that too.” Even Justin has some of my own personality traits (like his bossiness). However, I can tell you that the way Bailey is most like me is her smart mouth.
What are you working on next?
As much as I’ve enjoyed writing the Healing Harts (and there are more to come), I have begun writing a new series based on a large group of siblings. While it’s similar in that it’s a small town contemporary set on a cattle ranch, it’s got a little bit of everything including football players, police officers, fireman, coffee shops, kids, secret babies, animals…you know, everything you’ve already come to expect in a T.J. Kline book and more.
Five Fun Things we don’t know about you?
1) I rarely watch television and when I do, I binge watch entire seasons of shows.
2) I am obsessed with cute heels, even though I hardly ever wear them.
3) I have OCD when it comes to my drinkware cabinet in my kitchen. The rest of the cabinets, meh, not so much.
4) I love my coffee but it has to be made with heavy cream, not creamer (yuk!)
5) I have a beautiful, decorative gun cabinet filled with books that are special to me, locked and everything!
Thanks so much for chatting with us!
Thank you so much for having me! I can’t wait for you to see Bailey in action.
Sometimes the place you’re trying to run from is exactly where your heart needs to be…
Bailey Hart has never felt like she measures up to her cousins at Heart Fire Ranch. It doesn’t help that her rocker attitude has made her a black sheep in her small town. So when her band gets their big break in Los Angeles, “Wild Hart” can’t run fast enough…If only there weren’t so many reasons to stay.
After a harrowing stint in the Oakland Police Department, sheriff’s deputy Chase McKee has returned home a hero, and yet he feels anything but. And when he finds out Bailey might be leaving for good, the feelings he’s always harbored for his best friend’s cousin just won’t stay hidden. He knows she wants to get the heck out of Dodge, but he’s hoping to show her where she really belongs—with him.
Will this Wild Hart turn her back on love, or will she realize her heart really belongs closer to home?
since the age of 14, She has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the
culture involved. She has had several articles about rodeo published in the
past in small periodicals as well as a more recent how-to article for
RevWriter. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and