Kim Vandel photoWho did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be Princess Leia. Why? She was a princess I could relate to. She had attitude, and she didn’t stand around while Han and Luke rescued her. She grabbed a blaster and started firing. Princess Leia proved a girl could be beautiful and strong, the driving force behind a rebellion that would free an entire galaxy. A princess could be the hero.

But escape from the Death Star was only the beginning of Princess Leia’s story. There were still trials to face, battles to endure. Defeating the Empire didn’t happen overnight.

I’ve endured a few battles of my own, and I’ve learned something along the way: Heroes aren’t born. They’re revealed.

Each one of us has a hero inside, waiting to be revealed. Those are the stories I’m drawn to and the stories I love to tell—about characters learning who they truly are. Ordinary individuals who survive everything life throws at them, and in the end they stand victorious. The hero they were always destined to be is revealed.

I’m convinced telling hero stories is even better than leading a rebellion against the Empire, and there’s a story I’d love to tell you. The story of an ordinary girl named Kate who’s starting her own hero journey. Click here to learn more about my novel Into the Fire.

I live in the Seattle suburbs with my husband and our two boys—the Rock Star and the Video Game Master. My husband thinks I’m smart because I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, but I know it really means I’m a hopeless overachiever and science geek. When I’m not writing, I love to read. Really. I’m not just saying that because I’m an author.

But enough about me. Tell me about you. I love connecting with my readers, so click here to go to my contact page and leave me a message. Let’s chat.

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