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Muckwhip's Guide to Capturing the Latter-day Soul
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"In Person" Professional Writing Workshop

 Sep 06, 2016

News about the Upcoming "Tennis Shoes" Vol, 13 and Chris' 8-week Professional Writing Workshop at Kimber Academy in Preston, ID starting Friday, Sept. 23.

Hey, I realized a lot of folks are still going to www.FrostCave.blogspot.com for blog entries, so I realized I better start posting updates here. 

FOR STARTERS--I'm doing an "in person" Professional Writing Workshop in Preston, Idaho (which is only a hop and skip from where I live, in Providence, UT).

It kicks off with a DINNER and FIRESIDE humbly called "A Night With Chris Heimerdinger." (Tried to convince them to call it "A Night With Mater and Yoda" since my 5-yr-old son has forced me to learn some pretty good impersonations, but they didn't think it would sell as many tickets. I wasn't so sure.)


PLACE: Kimber Academy in Preston, ID, 17 E. Oneida Avenue

TIME: Thurs., Sept. 15 at 6:00 PM.

COST: $7.50 per person. $20.00 per family (up to 6). $5.00 per person above 6.

FREE PERKS: Dinner (Duh!) and a free signed copy of the DVD Passage to Zarahemla

Chris will also autograph and sell copies of some of his other published works. BRING UNSIGNED BOOKS YOU ALREADY OWN TOO!

Of course, at the dinner we'll also talk about the Writing Workshop. Space is limit to 30-35 students. Call me at 801-870-2070 or sign-ups will start that night. You can also call Noel Barney of the Preston Kimber Academy at 801-678-9683.


PLACE: Kimber Academy in Preston, ID, 17 E. Oneida Avenue

FIRST CLASS: Friday, September 23

TIME: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (One Hour)


SCHEDULE: No class last week in October (Hunting Day)

COST: $75.00

SPECIAL NOTE: Classes cover a range of topics from Nurturing Ideas, Character Design, Plot, Editing, Publishing, Self-Publishing, Marketing, and more. Toward the end students will be asked to submit samples of their own writing for a professional critique. Don't be freaked out by this. The goal is to build your confidence and help talented wordsmiths know exactly what to expect if they truly wish to pursue a full-time writing career or a rewarding storytelling hobby.

If you live in Florida, the weekly commute might be a bit overwhelming, but anywhere in northern Utah or south-eastern Idaho might be worth it. You can enroll by calling me directly at 801-870-2070 or come to the dinner and fireside on Sept. 15. RECOMMENDED AGE FOR STUDENTS IS BETWEEN 14 AND 104. We'll consider a student under 14, but they better be a very active reader and highly precocious. If you're under 14 and don't know the meaning of "precocious", that's a pretty good indicator that you might be too young. Okay, we'll even consider students over 104, but it's our experience that most fail to complete long term projects. Was that "ageist?" Sometimes I just don't know how far gone things are with PC.

NOW, before anyone starts asking the obvious, such as "WHEN IS THORNS OF GLORY COMING OUT?!?!" let me just give you the scoop: I'm over half way. Things are going good. I hope to finish soon. But now for a dose of reality...The LDS market does NOT pay what it did ten years ago. Is that a news flash for anyone? Then let me repeat it. The LDS market does NOT pay what it did even FIVE years ago. That's why many of my LDS-genre author friends are no longer LDS-genre authors, but have moved into other national market genres, some with considerable success. I've resisted this--resisted, resisted, resisted--for soooo long. And honestly, if the Tennis Shoes series was complete, I'd have probably given in. I'd hate myself for it, but let's face it: Feeding my family has to come first. Hey, ask Gerald Lund if his latest novel series is selling anywhere CLOSE to his "Work and the Glory" series. Half as well? Keep coming down. One fourth? Still down. One TENTH as well? Uh-uh. Dowwwwn. Yer kidding, right? Oh, I wish I were.

Anyway, the fact is that my Tennis Shoes series is not complete, and so I've stubbornly REFUSED to write any other major novel projects that might be more lucrative until I finish it. Why? Well...for the simple reason that if I got hit by a bus, it would be as if I wrote 12 books for nuthin', leaving the dat-gum story incomplete and soon entirely forgotten. So I forge ahead, undaunted. Okay, not ENTIRELY undaunted. Admittedly, I've been forced to take on a few freelance projects to make ends meet from time to time, and YES, that does slow down the completion of the series (in case you haven't noticed). I don't think I've ever confessed that to my fans before, but I felt it was about time. Just bear with me. I fully expect Thorns of Glory to be the best in the series. You know how sometimes a series gets worse as it goes along? I won't mention any names, like Divergent or anything. (Wait...I said I wasn't gonna mention any...Doggoneit!)  Anyway, I'd be crushed if anyone said that about The Tennis Shoes Adventure Series. The last book(s) (still not sure if it'll be one book or two) will be the best in the series or I'll die trying.

That's a promise. As to when it'll be released? No promises whatsoever.

But I am hoping to finish the manuscript around the end of the year or shortly thereafter.


Chris Heimerdinger



  • Becky Petersen

    Sep 8, 2016 6:21 pm

    FYI.. I check this site and the old site...just in case you decide to update anything on your latest book. I’m so excited for it to come out...and the shock that it could be too! NOOOOO! Unless they come out together! :D You are an awesome author! Thanks for all your creativity! Looking forward to the first of the year!

  • Bob Cook

    Oct 1, 2016 11:00 am

    Hey Chris I just found out that you moved to foreverlds and that you released a podcast. I listened to the first episode yesterday and now I’ve already listened to most of the episodes. I love it because you always narrated your books and this just felt like an extension of all of your audiobooks that I’ve been listening to for the past 20 years. Seriously, it felt like Jim Hawkins was doing a podcast for me. hahaha. What an excellent experience. Thank you for everything you do. I really hope you start producing more episodes soon. It’s so good! Thanks!

  • Andrew Mulert

    Oct 2, 2016 8:22 am

    You are awesome! When you go on tour for "Thorns of Glory", remember to stop by Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls!

  • Mindy McGowan

    Oct 8, 2016 11:23 am

    These books are amazing!!! I read books 6 -12 in two weeks. I couldn’t stop. Every moment I had I would read them. I am so excited to get my hands on book 13. Please let me know when it comes out. I will run to the store and get it the same day. Anxiously waiting.

  • Rebecca Monroe

    Dec 25, 2016 9:22 pm

    I am literally jumping with excitement for the next book to come out!!!! Can’t wait!!!

    Reply from Chris: Me too! I have the best vantage point because I can watch the story unfold, literally right before my eyes!

  • Rebecca Monroe

    Jan 15, 2017 1:42 pm

    I just don’t know what to say… I’m that excited about the new book. I literally jumped out of bed this morning when I realized I haven’t checked to see if the next book was out

    Reply from Chris: Not yet. Still writing....

  • Rebecca Monroe

    Jan 25, 2017 8:16 pm

    I just don’t know what to say… I’m that excited about the new book. I literally jumped out of bed this morning when I realized I haven’t checked to see if the next book was out

    Response from Chris: Not yet Rebecca, but I'm solidly moving forward. Things are getting dicey for the characters. :)

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