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Interview with Temba Magorimbo   1 comment

Today’s interview is with Temba Magorimbo. Welcome to the blog. I love interviewing authors from cultures I’m less familiar with because I learn a lot. I also have to say this interview made me laugh. You’re a very funny guy. Tell us something about yourself.

Temba Author PicMy name is Temba Magorimbo. I am a male author. My twitter handle is @_the_chapter6k but it should have been @_the_author6k. Misspelling, call it that. I am from Zimbabwe here in Africa. You don’t know where Zimbabwe is? That is the country which broke world records by having the worst recorded inflation outside a war zone. I work for the government as an accounting assistant. I shuffle financial and administrative duties at a school. I am married, yes to Itayi. We have two daughters whose marriages are going to the highest bidder, offers? Did anyone say a cruise yacht?

 

Ah, you have a sense of humor. At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I started writing when I was around ten to eleven years old. I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer. I just created stories or I extended those I had heard. I liked pen dancing patterns on paper. My father was not amused. I tried writing mystery novels between the ages of fourteen and seventeen.

 

Yeah, my parents always wanted me to do my homework instead. Tell us about your writing process.

Oh boy! My writing process is going through a metamorphosis. I used to plan, strategise then put pen on paper. Now I find snippets of action coming to my mind. I record these. I end up with ten percent of the book in abeyance for some period before I start work. I use a storyline to guide me though I don’t split that into chapters.

 

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

Romance is what makes me a writer, the contemporary variety. Other than that I would choose to write the general fiction category. That allows a writer to put in a little bit of the cheating wife, the squeamish detective and the hit-and-run driver. I read all types of fiction except horror or erotic.

 

What are you passionate about?

Temba Boomerang

I like to read and research. I like my game of cricket. I watch other sports when time allows. I also enjoy seeing winter sports that include skiing plus English soccer.

 

Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

If I knew that I would have written a guide to inspiration for would-be writers. Inspiration just pops up like a dog on a wet beach. I just get inspired maybe by an article or a glimpse of an event then off I go creating fictitious situations and characters.

 

What sort of research do you do for your novels?

I do detailed research. No reader wants to find out that the author is off key on any topic. Of course you can always write a disclaimer that the author’s views are their own and they cannot be held accountable for errors. Or you can call it an error of judgement. I try to avoid all that.

 

If someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?

I would say I am a fiction contemporary romance author heading for the top wherever the top is be it a sand dune, anthill or Mount Kilimanjaro. Maybe I am headed for the top of Mount Pinatubo, geez, let no volcano start when I am past the point of no-return.

 

Do you have a special place where you write?

My bedroom is where it is peaceful. That way I do not allow television programs to disturb me. After all some of them are repeats. At times I even write at the office if the ideas keep popping in.

 

Do you find yourself returning to any recurring themes within your writing and, if so, are you any closer to finding an answer?

 

Yes. I should not find the answer because that would be bad for business. Is there any pension for retired writers?

 

Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

Temba Butterscotch

I would suggest that I am plot driven. Characters just hang on to the gravy wagon as I write. Though once in a while I come up with the ideas of a strong character or protagonist, I always plot and plan before I put myself to write.

 

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

Outlines are like playing tennis. They keep you within the rules of the game. You then wonder what the umpire or line judge was thinking of.

 

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

I swoop for third point of view. It allows me to snoop without being detected.

 

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?

I will bring a laptop, a smart phone or/and a tablet. Make sure there is internet connectivity even via a satellite link. I will need to see CNN News everyday because that is where some ideas come from. The Discovery Channel and National Geographic Wild will keep me entertained. After I am bruised by the characters, I will need to know why the wildebeest keep crossing the same crocodile-infested river between Tanzania and Kenya. Of course, I need hear the verbal roasting of some unlucky character or vehicle by Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson and his comrades in crime. Then I need to know what is trending on the international finance/economic section.

 

 

Africa is apparently better connected to the Internet than Alaska. Talk about your books individually.

Temba Child Of Promise

The latest are the most remembered. A writer’s memory ages with the date they created new fiction. The latest is BOOMERANG about a guy who likes to use a chisel on wood while keeping his distance from other folk. They call him weird. He is befriended by the ruling class who take on his creations while his own try to fleece him. He loses the chieftainship. He shifts to a place 200 kilometres away and marries to produce a family. His blood brother is a rural dancer and drummer of repute. He has a reputation for liking ladies and beer. He leaves a trail of broken-hearted and pregnant women. Then time swings to the present. Who fathered the boy that Richard adopted? LAKE OF MY HEART is about Trevor who likes to go up the mountain even when the storm is heading the opposite way. Of humble beginnings, he burns the midnight oil up the real estate ladder then he meets a girl, Naomi with dimples and tantrums/short or explosive temper. His heart is broken by this charming lady more than four times? Will their marriage survive? PATA – PATA [SOFT FOOTSTEPS] is about Sandra who is love lone now that she is a single mother in a society where being a single mother reduces marital chances. She goes to a couples’ forum and play acts at marriage with a roving bachelor who has a live wire of a girlfriend called Tina. Tina is not amused. What will happen? She has sharp nails. BUTTERSCOTCH is about a man with luck in getting high paid jobs yet they are on contract. He loses his first date when she dumps him. He is married with children when she returns to him. She wants them to live together once outside the country in Alberta. Who of his married ex-girlfriend mother of two and his wife is joining him in Calgary, Alberta?

 

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

Life is a struggle. Those who hang on will tell about the storm that drowned many. They will explain that there are no fish seedlings.

 

I like that. What influenced your decision to self-publish?

The traditional publishing houses liked making entry into the publishing field to be like being asked to attend dinner at the White House. Dinner tastes the same at the Waldorf Astoria or at a beach with white sand.

 

You and I would get along great. There are people who believe that traditional publishing is on the ropes, that self-publishing is the future. Do you agree? Why?

Yes, rather digital publishing is getting to the top. Gone are the days when the publisher will be at pains to explain that their print run of your book, that one you said was a bestseller, did not sell. Traditional publishing is the stage coach resisting the internal combustible engine and the melancholy model T-Ford. These are the days of reading devices that are hand held which can contain an entire library with less than 40GB of hard drive.

 

What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

Temba Pata-Pata

It is unique. The writer can change and edit as the book sells. Whereas if a million copies

 

are printed and there is a need to edit it becomes extremely embarrassing. Self publishing gives the readers/buyers the choice of deciding who goes to the #1 list and why?

 

Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

They have to behave like professionals and treat their work like assets. They may miss out on brushing shoulders with agents, librarians and booksellers. Most of them are tongue-tied anyway. Books cannot be mass produced. They have to be created one at a time.

 

Do you believe that self-published authors can produce books as high-quality as the traditional published? If so, how do you think we should go about that?

Yes they can do well given the right financial platform. It costs a lot to do editing, book jacket, interior design and to other works because they have to be done by dedicated professionals. These same professionals are at par with those doing the same tasks for the traditional publishing market.

 

Do you belong to a writer’s cooperative? Describe your experience with that.

No I don’t. The last time I tried that they accused me of being a Bolshevik communist.

 

Do you write specifically for a Christian audience? Why or why not?

 I am a Christian. I do not write for the Christian market. I write what can be read by the general market. I have read books about Allah akbar so why not write for the general market.

 

What are some of the special challenges of being a Christian writer?

 You need to separate your church and your writing. You need to separate your Christian beliefs and your writings without denying the Christ.

 

Christians are told to be “in the world, but not of it.” As a Christian writer, how do you write to conform to that scripture?

 Yeah I do though I do not pronounce some of my staunch Christian beliefs on paper. You have to be principled. That is why there are no bedroom scene descriptions.

 

Do you feel that Christian writers are expected to conform to some standards that are perhaps not realistic to the world?

 Yes and no. Christian writers should remember they are not preacher bodies. They are writers like the rest of the world. Christian writers are bound by the Biblical moral code.

 

Do you feel that Christian writers should focus on writing really great story or on presenting the gospel clearly in everything they write? Or is it possible to do both?

 A great Christian fiction is told in story form. If you decide to take the pulpit to the writing boardroom then make sure you explain the book is a FICTION title. You can always reverse the roles. If anyone interviews you, just say, “No comments.”

 

If you write speculative fiction, do you find that the Christian reader community is accepting of that genre?

 They will not. However they will be loading speculative fiction from non-Christian writers onto their kindles or kobo.

 

Yeah, there is that double standard. How do readers find you and your books?

 

EBOOKS LINKED TO AMAZON KINDLE STORE

 

https://www.amazon.com/Butterscotch-meet-Alberta-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00JNN8APW

 

https://www.amazon.com/All-Have-Sinned-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00DJTURMA

 

https://www.amazon.com/Lake-My-Heart-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00IQRK5MW

 

https://www.amazon.com/Women-Can-Weep-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00ITPI460

 

https://www.amazon.com/Splash-Loch-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00K45BQDQ

 

https://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Slaughter-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00QTGWMOQ

 

https://www.amazon.com/Let-Close-Me-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00DK6N256

 

https://www.amazon.com/Off-Eagles-Claws-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00I6CNZTW

 

https://www.amazon.com/Pata-Pata-soft-footsteps-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00ONSONTE

 

https://www.amazon.com/Breed-Merino-Sheep-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00OF9SFWW

 

https://www.amazon.com/Tigers-Hunt-Night-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00DJOR76E

 

https://www.amazon.com/Whiplash-love-triangle-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B00TV0TQIC

 

https://www.amazon.com/Child-Promise-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B015E9GC9E

 

https://www.amazon.com/BOOMERANG-Temba-Magorimbo-ebook/dp/B01EYJ4VSE

 

OTHER LINKS

 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/5203977.Temba_Magorimbo

https://www.amazon.com/Mr.-Temba-Magorimbo/e/B00F9TABDI

https://twitter.com/_the_chapter6k

https://www.facebook.com/The-Chapter-1099133093438985/

 

Interview with Raven H. Price   1 comment

Today’s interview is with Raven H. Price, who I have been retweeting often. Welcome to the blog, Raven. Tell us something about yourself.

Raven Price Author PicI am from Leesburg, GA, a small town a few miles north of Albany, GA.  I am a wife, mother and grandmother who retired from government service in 2014, to write and travel.

 

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

In 2010, I was inspired to write a fantasy/romance based on my own life’s story.  I lived through several heart-breaking events and felt sharing them in an entertaining manner would inspire and encourage other women to be more careful with relationships and seek a life with Jesus first.

 

 

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

I love to read fantasy and romance novels so, when I began writing, it was natural for me to incorporate the two genres.

 

 

I’m a big fan of writers who write the books they want to read. What are you passionate about?

Raven Price The PlanShowing people love, respect and acceptance regardless of their beliefs, lifestyles or sexual orientations.

 

 

Have you written any books that made a transformative effect on you?

Yes.  While I was writing THE PLAN, I realized if I didn’t write truthfully as well as in a fictional manner I would lose a reader’s interest.  I found myself crying many times and came to realize being a judgmental person had to die.  It was then I promised myself to be open-minded and show respect to people as much as possible.

 

 

Do you find yourself returning to any recurring themes within your writing and, if so, are you any closer to finding an answer?

Sort of.  The Plan, my first book is a stand-alone, but the other three are a trilogy call The Paradigm Shift Trilogy.   Convicted (Book 1) has an abusive theme involving physical abuse, Convinced (Book 2) has a mental abuse twist where Commissioned (Book 3) is a fantasy explaining why physical and mental issues are intertwined.

 

 

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?

Raven Price ConvictedI usually write early in the mornings and after lunch I love sitting quietly in a natural environment.  Communing with what is around me clears my mind and opens my heart for a more enjoyable relationship with Jesus.  I like reading so I’d probably have a few romance novels to read in the evenings, such as Nora Roberts & J.D. Robb books.

 

 

Talk about your books individually.

Rather than talk about my books I will post the blurbs.

 

THE PLAN: As a young child, Rachel Parody has a very special relationship with Jesus. By his side, she explores a magical place, is comforted, and encouraged to not live in fear. Over time, Rachel and Jesus lose contact and evil demons use their time of separation to steer her into the ways of the world. Not until her heart is completely broken and her mind is convinced she is headed for hell will she seek a face-to-face encounter again with her Saviour. At the age of thirty-four, Rachel learns to rely and depend on her childhood friend once again. He teaches her the truth and then introduces her to the love of her life.
Because of her horrific past, many years later, Rachel’s need to be a good example for young women in her church drives her to worry over their romantic influences. When she notices a series of books and movies enslaving them with lustful desires, her interest gets piqued. After investigating the books, these stories don’t repulse her but become a catalysis for Rachel to share the love of Jesus with these girls. But the fantasy appeal of the characters enthralls the girls more than helping them see there is a true immortal named, Jesus. She tried many ways to share how this love story between a mortal and a vampire was written from references out of the Bible’s ‘Song of Solomon.’ but no one would listen.
Once Rachel realizes her efforts were futile, she asks Jesus to calm her obsession and send someone who could reach the younger generation with His loving nature. Instead of sending Rachel help, Jesus convinces her to write her own story. Exposing her past was not in Rachel’s plan, but giving her life away as an example was His.
Will Rachel tell everything?

 

CONVICTED (Book 1 of The Paradigm Shift Trilogy)

Raven Price ConvincedThis book was previously published as The Conversion (Book 1 of the Harvesting Machine Trilogy)
Convicted (Book 1 of the Paradigm Shift Trilogy) begins the story by explaining how after being beaten and emotionally bruised by two ex-husbands, Hope Anderson seeks the comfort she once felt within her family church. Upon her first visit back, she sits on the last row to secure her anonymity. Desperate to find comfort and acceptance, Hope felt judgmental eyes instead. Regularly plagued by fear and paranoia, Hope seeks counsel and finds it through a female evangelist on television. The woman’s depiction of love and her explanation of a spiritual journey prompts Hope to ask God for the same. He grants her request. Hope is taught how to pray effectively because of her journey with the Holy Spirit. With intercession, Hope is also granted supernatural gifts of spiritual sight and hearing. She faces demons bravely through her faith in the Holy Spirit to help others.
When Hope’s journey is over, she does not turn her back on her church or on her colleagues at work. Convicted, she boldly stands and fights for them using her superpowers. It is through this process that Hope learns to love herself and other people and to forgive.
Living happily with her Lord, Hope is faced once again with what caused her immense fear and paranoia. The fight for her life begins, and it is the worst physical and spiritual battle imaginable!

 

CONVINCED (Book 2 of The Paradigm Shift Trilogy)

Raven Price CommissionedA prophecy is starting over. Heaven holds a meeting so the last piece of a puzzle can be found. Jesus chooses Gina Grimes, a strong willed, self-serving and unchurched young woman to complete the team.
For Jesus’ plan to work, the Holy Spirit has to first convince Gina her lifestyle isn’t great. He uses Caylee Sellers, Gina’s happy-go-lucky co-worker, to convince her there is a better life with the Lord. Once Gina submits to Jesus, he sends her a guardian angel. But when the angel called Ox arrives on the scene to guard her, he sees that Satan is already focused on Gina and is determined to ruin or kill Jesus’ new convert before the Lord’s seed of faith can take root.
A battle of wills begins and in the process Gina gets physically hurt. To counter act the situation Satan caused, the Holy Spirit uses another strategy on Gina to produce an effect that will shape her outlook and give her a supernatural way to contour nearly every action and thought.
While Gina physically heals, the Holy Spirit makes sure Gina finds new friends who are also equipped with guardian angels and various powers. Jesus’ plan starts working. Gina gains strength with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, Ox’s presence and her new friend’s assurance. Will she find what she craves before all hell breaks out?

 

COMMISSIONED (Book 3 of the Paradigm Shift Trilogy) picks up where Convinced left off. After Gina Grimes places Satan under her feet, Jesus declares a war. One factor remained before He could follow through with His war. God, insisted He free Satan’s harlot before proceeding with the annihilation.
After Jesus releases the harlot, for one year, the Holy Spirit, also known as Whisperer, will narrate the story behind the commissioned. He will lead readers through more escapades involving the heroes and heroines of the first two books while explaining how they harvest souls for God’s kingdom. After telling how Pastor Craig Reed is transformed into the vessel God uses to preach the true meaning of love, Jesus unleashes his final battle that affects the old harlot and gives her a purpose.
Who is this harlot that Jesus redeems? Why did God insist she be saved from Satan before Jesus started a war? How is she transformed to create a paradigm shift for mankind to follow? Find the answer to these questions and see how her decision and actions affect all of humanity.

 

 

 

What influenced your decision to self-publish?

I had a previous contract with another publisher, but the books were priced too high and it forced me to rethink my career.  Self-publishing was a great decision.

 

 

Price is so important when it comes to selling books. You would think publishers would know that, but they don’t seem to. What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

I love being in total control of my work.

 

Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

The only thing I miss is having someone’s help with marketing and planning book signing events.

 

 

Who designed your book cover/s?

selfpubbookcovers.com

 

 

Do you belong to a writer’s cooperative? Describe your experience with that.

Yes.  I belong to South Georgia Writer’s Guild.  All of the authors share helpful tips, encouragements as well attending events together.

 

 

 

Do you write specifically for a Christian audience? Why or why not?

I am a Christian fiction writer, but my books are not just geared to a Christian audience.   All women, not just Christian women will enjoy my books because they are sweet romances with fantasy elements that will keep their interests.

 

What are some of the special challenges of being a Christian writer?

People think since you write Christian themed books that you will be a preachy, judgmental writer.  I’m the opposite of this.  I try to inspire, and encourage women who feel forgotten, abused, and weak.  I love empowering my readers with hope and happy endings.

 

Christians are told to be “in the world, but not of it.” As a Christian writer, how do you write to conform to that scripture?

I’m glad you asked.  I truly believe in a spiritual existence, where we can be better people, know true love and grow as strong, well-rounded people.  Without having a sense of a pure undefiled place, our realities would cause our brains to malfunction.  Everyone must be able fantasize, dream or wish upon the proverbial star.  I write a lot about the spiritual realm where angels live and fight for us.

 

How do readers find you and your books?

Amazon

Facebook

Twitter

 

 

Where Mystery Meets Romance   Leave a comment

Fiala Missing the Point2I hope you’ll enjoy Missing the Point and the books of my fellow authors in Chandler County.

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fiala Missing the Point CoverStephanie (Stevie) Jorgenson is a detective in Chandler County.  Though she comes from a wealthy ranch family, she made her own way in the world and followed her dreams.  Keeping Chandler County safe is her top priority.  When she meets the handsome security specialist from Bluegrass Security, there is an immediate spark and the two succumb to the attraction, but neither believes anything more should come of it.  Life, circumstance and intrigue follow the pair as they are thrown together time after time dealing with some terrible situations in Bourbonville.

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Announcing “Missing the Point”   Leave a comment

Missing the Point by PJ Fiala

I’m so excited to release Missing the Point for so many reasons.

First and foremost, this is a series I’ve thought about for a long time.  You see, my father’s parents were both born and raised in Kentucky.  My grandfather came from a very poor family and on top of that, his father divorced his mother when he was very little, about 2 or 3.  Divorce today isn’t thought of in a negative way, back then it was horrible.  My great-grandmother did remarry and the man she married, took my grandfather as part of the package, but the stigma remained.  As a result, my grandfather lied about his age as a 16 year old and joined the Army.  He wanted a new beginning and he was willing to do what it took to find it.  The thing is, he’d met my grandmother before hand at a church dance and he didn’t want to leave her behind.  He went to boot camp and as soon as he could come back, he did, and he married my grandmother, but they’d need to leave Kentucky.  Grandpa stayed in the Army for many years, and after leaving the Army, my grandparents settled in Missouri.  My grandmother went back to Kentucky every year to visit her sisters and brothers and their children, my grandfather only went back periodically, the bad memories just couldn’t be erased, no matter the situation.

As a result of my grandmother going back each year, as I got to be a bit older, I got to travel with her to Kentucky and spend several weeks.  I remember those times fondly and they’ve ingrained in me a sense of family, easy times and a long-ago world.  Now, as an adult, I go back as often as I can to visit my father’s cousins and my cousins.  My dad’s cousin, Janet Sue, still lives on the family farm my grandmother grew up on and visiting there is such a treat for me.  So, as a result, I always knew I wanted to write stories that took place in Kentucky.

Fiala Missing the Point1Secondly, my friend and fellow author, Stephany Tullis created Chandler County with me and this was truly a labor of love.  We knew from the beginning we wanted to invite other authors to write in Chandler County with us, so we could share this world with them and all of our readers.

It is with great pride and pleasure that I release my first book in Chandler County, Missing the Point.  This book is the first of my books in Chandler County but certainly not the last.  Sam McKenzie is an Army veteran who has finally retired after 25 years.  He and three of his friends have started Bluegrass Security in the little town of Bourbonville, one of two towns in Chandler County.  As the Kentucky Derby nears, the over-flow of people coming to Chandler County brings with it trials and tribulations and as the locals deal with these and other scenarios, we get to know many of the residents in Bourbonville.

Stephanie (Stevie) Jorgenson is a detective in Chandler County.  Though she comes from a wealthy ranch family, she made her own way in the world and followed her dreams.  Keeping Chandler County safe is her top priority.  When she meets the handsome security specialist from Bluegrass Security, there is an immediate spark and the two succumb to the attraction, but neither believes anything more should come of it.  Life, circumstance and intrigue follow the pair as they are thrown together time after time dealing with some terrible situations in Bourbonville.

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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

 

Interview with Alisha Jones   1 comment

Howdy. Today’s interview is with author Alisha Jones. Welcome to the blog.

Thank you for hosting me today!

 

Tell us something about yourself.

Alisha Jones Author PicWell, I am happily married to my college sweet heart — and have been for almost sixteen years. I have four children that I homeschool, and love to pieces. At the moment we live in one of North Carolina’s major cities, but my heart will always belong in the country where I was raised.

 

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

Funny story… I was reading a book one day, leaning back in my La-Z-Boy, and the doggone thing didn’t end the way I thought it should had. (At least, the way I thought it should had) LOL. I started thinking, “If I was the author of this book, I would have written this way differently.” After that, the ideas I had for the book wouldn’t leave my head. So, eventually, I started writing them down and formed the ideas into my own little novella. Hope Renewed, my first attempt at writing, I introduced four sisters. Of course, I couldn’t stop with just one sister, so I wrote the ‘Hope’ series and included them all.

 

Tell us about your writing process.

Actually, my writing process is sort of a scramble of thoughts mixed with ingenuity. I don’t usually write a full synopsis, but I do have somewhat of an idea of what I’d like to happen. Then, I just let the story flow from there. Sometimes, the idea works, sometimes it doesn’t. If I have to start over, then I take a new direction.

 

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

Alisha Jones MessagedMy absolute favorite genre is Christian Romance. I could probably read books in this genre for hours. I love to read anything by Mary Connealy, Tracie Peterson, and Brenda Minton. And, if a story has anything to do with cowboys, I’m all over it!

 

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?

Wow! Great question. I would definitely bring my laptop so I can write without distraction. As a mother of four, I get my fair share of disturbances. If I could write for a month with none of that, there’s no telling how many books would come from my head. LOL.

And, I would definitely be bringing my books. I have no shortage of Christian romances on my bookshelf (Probably 30-40 that I haven’t read yet) and, if I could, I would bring them all.

 

Talk about your books individually.

I’m not sure you have that much time. LOL. I have published a dozen books so far and have six or seven more in my computer that I have to get back to. But, I’ll tell ya, my favorite was the ‘Vows’ series that I wrote. It consists of four novels: For Richer or Poorer, For Better or Worse, In Sickness and in Health, and ‘Til Death Do Us Part. I cannot explain why, but these books made such an impression on me while I was writing them, and I’ve received so many compliments about them.

 

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

Alisha Jones ChanceI try to incorporate a clear plan of salvation in each of my books so that if a person is unsure about their eternal destination, they can clearly see how to accept Christ. And, of course, as a romance writer, I want my readers to feel that forever-after kind of love. I know when I finish a book, I just wanna love all over my hubby. LOL. He likes when I read! (wink, wink)

 

What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

The greatest advantage that I can see is that I have no deadlines, no editors breathing down my neck to get their hand on the latest version.

 

Who designed your book cover/s?

So far, I’ve done that myself. However, I have found an excellent lady who creates beautiful work. Stephanie Adams from Agape Authors has a natural touch when it comes to covers, so I will probably be contacting her soon.

 

Do you write specifically for a Christian audience? Why or why not?

 

This is kind of a strange question. For some reason, when people think of the word ‘Christian’, they think of some holier-than-thou group that walks around on clouds and never have a single problem. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, we experience the same struggles and trials that everyone else does. My books are very clean in speech and morality, and may not be as explicit as some may like. But, that’s because I like to read that kind.

 

Do you feel that Christian writers should focus on writing really great story or on presenting the gospel clearly in everything they write? Or is it possible to do both?

It’s entirely possible to do both! Just because a book has been labeled as Christian, doesn’t mean it will be any less of a good story than some that are rated PG-13. In fact, there is a peace that settles over you when you realize that emotional and spiritual love can be greater than the physical.

 

Where can readers find you and your books?

You can visit my website anytime: http://authoralishajones.wix.com/cleanreads

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlishaJones

On Twitter: @authoralisha1

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Alisha-Jones/e/B00KUG5AOA/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1458067247&sr=1-2-ent

And I have two blogs on BlogSpot: authoralisha1.blogspot.com and authoralisha2.blogspot.com

 

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