Interview with LK Kuhl   5 comments

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Today’s interview is with L.K. Kuhl. Welcome to the blog, Lynette. Tell us something about yourself.

Hello everyone, I am so happy to be here and I want to thank Lela Markham for having me today! My name is L.K. Kuhl, and I am from a small town in Nebraska. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 30 years. Together we have three children, 1 son-in-law, 2 dogs, and 2 grand-dogs. To pay the bills, my husband and I own a car dealership. He sells the cars and I do the paperwork. Most days, I have plenty of spare time to sit at my computer and plink away at the keys. I am very fortunate in this aspect to have all this time! If I had a full-time job, there would be no way I would get as much writing done as I do.

 

 

At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I think it was in my twenties when I realized I wanted to be a writer. I found it fun to try my hand at children’s books, and I would read them to my children when they were little. Then I decided to write poems and songs. I sent a few of them into contests and one of my songs made first place at my local state fair for a song writing competition. I moved on to novels, which is my mainstay now and became a published author in September of 2015.

 


What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

My favorite genre to both read and write would have to be Young Adult. I love the growing up and learning process that young teens go through and I love being able to help them solve problems in everyday life. My next favorite genres to both read and write are romances and adult novels. I love the ups and downs in relationships and most of my adult novels are based on real life experiences.

 

What is something you cannot live without?

The one thing I cannot live without are my children…my family. I wouldn’t know what to do without any of them. They are what puts joy in my heart and gives me a reason to get up every day.

 

 

When you are not writing, what do you do?

When I am not writing, I love to read or go for walks. My favorite thing is going out to eat or going vacationing with my family.

 

Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

Kuhl EverlastingMost of my inspiration for my novels comes from real life experiences. Each of my books is sprinkled with a little true life events either by something that has happened to me or to someone I know.

Here is where I got the inspiration to write my first published Young Adult Paranormal Romance novel, Everlasting:

My brother-in-law had passed away about 6 months before I began writing Everlasting. One night he came to me in a dream. He stood right beside my bed and I was able to ask him questions about what life after death was like. I asked him about 5 or 6 questions and his answers came back to me so real and lifelike that I felt he was really there. Thus, Everlasting was born. I knew I had to incorporate his answers into a book. Although it is a work of fiction, some of his answers from my dream are here and I think you’ll find it intriguing.

 

Kuhl ChasmAnd here is my inspiration for writing my second book, Chasm. Chasm is an Adult Romantic Suspense Novel:

I got the idea to write Chasm because my husband used to be an engineer for the railroad. Although my husband never worked with this gentleman directly, one of the engineers on the railroad hit and killed his wife and children with the train he was driving. It was no fault of the engineer. The wife did it deliberately to get back at her husband, the engineer. The engineer said the last thing he saw was his children looking up at him from the windows of the car.

Although this is a work of fiction, and this is just a story between two, make believe people, I felt compelled to tell his story about how utterly and completely devastating this would be. The engineer was never able to return to work after this.

 

 

Wow! That’s a powerful inspiration and so sad! If someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?

I would say that I pour my heart and soul into them. My books are very emotional. For me to write them and I hope they come across to readers in the same way I want them to. I love for readers to feel the raw emotion that is too hard to say or talk about.

 

 

 

 

Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer?  Why?

I think I am a little bit of both. I get most of the story plotted out before I start on it, but discover a lot of it as I go along, filling in the parts I haven’t plotted lol. I think the reason for this is because I like to know where my story is going, it keeps me on a path, but sometimes the characters start talking and tell me where they want the story to go. I know it sounds crazy, but this has happened a couple of times to me.

 

What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?

I think I prefer first person point of view. It just seems to be easier for me because I can put myself into the character’s shoes easier this way.

 

 

I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

Hum, this is a fun question. First of all, I would go exploring. I would love to see the scenic area and investigate my surroundings. Do a lot of hiking. And I would bring plenty of books. These would be by Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, Jodi Picoult and also from my writer friends. I would bring my computer so that I could continue to get my writing done. I don’t like going too many days without writing. It keeps me on course this way if I keep at it. Plus I don’t forget things.

 

Talk about your books individually.

Everlasting is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance novel. Like I said earlier it is based on a conversation I had with my brother-in-law after he had died. He came to me in a dream and I was able to ask him about what life after death was like. Everlasting is about a first love romance between Tate and Sophia. Here is a blurb and an excerpt:

 

Dying isn’t a choice. For Sophia, it is a need.

Everlasting is the first book in the Everlasting Trilogy, a YA Paranormal Romance series.

Back Cover Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Sophia Bandell is scared of boys, and her biggest fear is dying. Boys make her uncomfortable and itchy and dying is …well …dying. She is ecstatic when her long lost friend calls her, inviting her to spend the summer with her on the beach at Charleston, South Carolina.

When a plastic saucer hits her in the head as she’s sunbathing, Sophia has no idea it will forever change the course of her life. It is there she comes face to face with the impressive Tate Forester.

She is scared and …itchy, but he’s gorgeous and she can’t shake him from her mind. They begin dating and Sophia soon knows he’s the one.

But things turn dark when she learns Tate isn’t the person she thinks he is, and the real reason her friend has brought her to the beach will teach her about life after death.

This everlasting summer on the beach gives Sophia a sweet taste of first love—the happiness as well as the heartbreak.

 

Excerpt:

We stood there and looked around, an awkward silence playing between us. Then he stepped closer and took my hand in his, sending a bolt of staggering electricity zipping through my chest. “Her hand fits perfectly in mine.” He whispered this, as if confirming it with someone. His gaze locked on it, analyzing, then with a shake of his head, he spoke louder. “Sophia, I’m sorry. I …I lied to you.”

I looked at him—bewilderment crinkling my face—and tried to understand. “Lied?” My voice broke. “I don’t get it.”

“I wasn’t sick that day. Well, in a way I was, I guess. The truth is, I was gut-sick. That guy …he was sitting by you the whole day …and …and he never left your side. I’d check throughout the day, but he was still there. I couldn’t help it. I was insanely jealous.” He looked down, his tone deepening as he flexed his fingers that were still laced through mine.

“What?” His words astounded me. I swiped my brow with my free hand. “You were jealous …of me?”

He released my hand and paced back and forth, the nervousness seeping through as he wrung his hands. “I know it’s stupid, but I couldn’t help myself. I love the way you laugh and …I like you, Sophia …a lot, and it hurt me to see you with someone else.”

He lifted his hair off his forehead, pushing it up. His eyes locked on mine again, captivating me. I couldn’t look away. My self-consciousness took over—heckling me. The way I looked right now—with my hair a matted mess from the mist, and no makeup on—must look ridiculous. I drew away, making myself smaller.

I laughed my nervous laugh and kicked the sand with my shoe. “Who, him? You mean …Brian?” My words wobbled, but I giggled, unable to believe that Brian talking to me could make anyone jealous.

 

If you think Everlasting sounds intriguing, you can find it at these sites. It just came out in audio in the middle of May but it won’t be available in paperback until late summer:

 

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BW8WRK4?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/everlasting-lk-kuhl/1123437578?ean=2940157684952

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/everlasting-26

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/everlasting/id1085166596?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

SmashWords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/616567

 

The 2nd book in The Everlasting Trilogy, called The Decision, will be out sometime this fall.

 

 

Chasm is my Adult Romantic Suspense Novel. It was written because a train engineer hit and killed his wife and children with the train he was driving. His wife was trying to get back at him over some argument they had had. In my novel, he goes insane and starts stalking Taylor Vine and her children. Here is a blurb and excerpt from Chasm:

Tag Line: What happens when you’re in love with your children’s abductor?

 

Blurb:

Taylor Vine thinks she can fight off the demons of her past when she moves back home to Estill Springs, Tennessee, but it doesn’t take long to see that things aren’t quite that easy. The bumps she hears in the night soon escalate, keeping her up at nights, and it isn’t long before her most precious possessions, her children, get abducted. She finds herself in a race against time to try to find them before it’s too late. One wrong move and the outcome could be disastrous.

 

Excerpt:

Her heart picked up its pace, and she reached for the phone. She hesitated, unsure whether to even answer it. But she plucked it from its receiver. “Hello?” Her voice slid out rickety and unsure.

The male voice on the other end was dark and deeply plagued with distress. It broke, and she struggled to make out what he was saying.

What she heard next was unimaginable; it didn’t sound human. The grief penetrated through the voice—through the phone—flanking it with wretched wails and sobs. “I’ve killed the children. Heaven…help me…I’ve killed the children.” The phone went silent.

Taylor’s knees buckled. “What?” The hyper pitch in her voice strained out. “Goodness gracious, who is this? What happened? Whose children?” Her knees about took her down again. She caught the edge of the counter, catching herself before she fell. “Answer me, for crying out loud! Don’t hang up on me!”

She listened desperately, plastering the phone to her ear. But the phone was silent. “Hello, hello? Answer me!” Frantically clicking the telephone cradle button, she tried to bring him back, but there was only a dial tone.

She pounded the phone on the counter so forcefully that the plastic mouthpiece broke into a million tiny pieces. She let it fall, left it dangling by its cord. Swiftly making her way to the hall closet, she rummaged through the plastic totes for a flashlight. “There has to be one in here somewhere,” she mumbled to herself. Extension cords and old Christmas lights spilled over onto the floor.

Finally finding a flashlight, she clicked it on. It was dim, but it would do. She ran back to the hall, to the children’s rooms, feeling no pain in her swollen ankle.

Flinging Cody’s door wide, she flashed the light toward the wall where his bed sat. In slow motion, the lonely, empty, disheveled bed yanked a horrifying scream from her gut, reverberating through the house. The earth quit spinning, and she was lost to oblivion. “NO! Not my children! Please, God…not my children.” She needed life support, couldn’t breathe; the air was being sucked from her body in rapid swells. She dropped to the floor, her world going black—closing in—smothering.

Not knowing how long she’d been out, Taylor struggled to her feet, she was sure it wasn’t long; it was still black outside, flashes of lightning still cracking in through the window. She raced to check on Nora. Her room was the same: deserted, hollow, puncturing a bleeding, oozing hole in Taylor’s chest the size of a large, bottomless chasm.

“For crying out loud, no…please, no.” The tears coursed down her face. She staggered numbly to Nora’s empty bed, collapsing on it, her hand reaching, groping—trying to find the warmth of her baby girl. But the only thing the tangled blankets and sheets offered her was a bleak and disgusting coldness. It shocked her through her hand. How long had they been gone? Time couldn’t wait, she needed to find them.

You can find Chasm at these sites:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F6PXFY6

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chasm-lk-kuhl/1123761841?ean=2940158502675

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/chasm/id1111084473?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/chasm-14

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/635334

 

 

What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

I want them to feel emotional. I want them to feel sadness but know that time does a great job of healing and fixing a broken soul. And I also want them to know that if they are stuck in a bad situation or feel hopeless or like they can never change, this couldn’t be further from the truth. People can change and fix themselves if they want to. They can get the help they need if they reach out and ask for it.  Don’t keep yourself trapped in a hopeless situation.

 

Where can readers find you and your books?

 

You can follow me or see my next adventure by visiting me at these sites:

Website: https://kuhlreads.com/

Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kuhlreads

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynettehoff1

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lynettehofferbe/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/l.k.kuhl/

Blogger: http://kuhlreads.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28674602-everlasting

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01BXDJGIY

 

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  2. Thank you Lela and thank you also for the reblog on Daermad Cycle!! I had fun and appreciate the time you gave me!

    All my best,
    L.K. Kuhl

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