Saturday, October 8, 2016

REVIEW & INTERVIEW - Chasm by L.K. Khul


Published Date: May 5th 2016
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of Chasm . . . 
I work to look at a story as just that one telling me a story. I must also admit that my views of that work sometimes is hampered by my views on life in general and not so general. The excessive abuse, violence, drinking, and such was a bit much for me but I could also see how it all fit in to the small town that was being portrayed in the story.

There was so much going on it this one that I was intrigued and deterred at the same time by all that was presented. The characters were a bit flawed and that lent them an air of realness. This was a serious drama filled, suspense ridden, psychological intense, read that was gripping and revolting at the same time. The twist made for an interesting read. I was thrown off by the ending. I found it a bit difficult to grasp and hold on to. Making work for my mind was not working.
**This eBook was provided by L.K. Kuhl the author in exchange for an honest review.**

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

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.

 Interview Questions for L.K. Kuhl
Hello, I am author L. K. Kuhl. I have 2 books out so far and soon to be a third. I am the author of Everlasting, a Young Adult Paranormal Romance Novel which came out in February of 2016 and Chasm, a Romantic Suspense Novel which came out in May of 2016. The Decision, the 2nd book in The Everlasting Trilogy is due out October 20, of this year.

Chasm is based on a true story. I got the idea to write it 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.

1.     What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing?)
The routine I like to have when preparing to write is to get most of my writing done in the morning when my mind is fresh and the hassles of the day haven’t yet begun.  I like to write in the quiet and hopefully not be disturbed. Sometimes this is a feat in itself. My husband and I own our own car dealership so I have my own office where I can plink away at the computer keys. If the day is slow I can generally get a lot done but if we have a lot of customer traffic it’s almost impossible to get anything written.

2.     Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page?
I love to flesh out my characters before I write my story. I look into their history, their backstory, who they were and what happened to them before the story began. I guess I could be considered a plotter because I like to develop all of this before the story begins but sometimes my characters have a way of writing their own story and they will take the story in a completely different direction than I wanted to go. This makes for an exciting story and proves to be more authentic when the character takes the story in a different direction.

I like to nurture the growth of at least the main character to the page, watching them grow and learning from their mistakes seems to help the story grow.

3.     Do you people watch to help with character development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
I do a little bit of both. I do people watch to get ideas for new gestures or moves that people use, but for the most part I build upon my character during story creation.

4.     Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so, which ones?
Oh yes, it seems I find myself bonding with almost all of my characters. My main ones I bond with though are my main characters in my stories. In Everlasting, main character Sophia feels like a daughter to me and I want to protect and nurture her. She finds herself in difficult situations at times and it’s hard not to make it easier for her, but we must put a little difficulty in the story to make it a great one. Otherwise, stories would be boring. I am in the process of writing the last story in The

Everlasting Trilogy and find it hard to come to an end. This is my most difficult story yet, not only in carrying on the story but in having to say goodbye to my characters. It is very sad.
In Chasm, my Romantic Suspense Novel, I have bonded with the main character, Taylor Vine. She is a mother just like myself and I find myself feeling for her, worrying with her when things happen to her children. It becomes very real for me. Sometimes it can dampen my mood for the entire day when something bad happens to her.

5.     Do you have a character you’ve been working on that you can’t wait to put to paper?
Yes, in the second book of the Everlasting Trilogy, The Decision, I couldn’t wait to bring Tobias into the story. He is a 200 year old man (or ghost rather) who is searching for a token doll that he carved out of wood when he was a young father, hoping to give it to his daughter.  His daughter died before he could give it to her so he buried it deep in a cave. Now, in order to move on to the next level of life after death, he must find this token and give it to a great, great, great, great granddaughter. He is a very timid man who feels like he is burdening people and is always in the way, but I love this about him lol.

6.     Can you share your next creative project? If yes, can you give a few details?
Right now, I am working on the third book in The Everlasting Trilogy, called Fulfilled but I really don’t want to give away any details on this story for fear of ruining the 2nd book, The Decision, which is due out on October 20 of this year. But before I began working on the second book and before I became a published author I was halfway through a story called Taking Back the Sun. It is a Young Adult novel about a young girl who is mistreated by her mother and twin sister. The mother plays favorites to her twin sister but I can’t reveal why. The main character begins to fall for a boy only to find out he has cancer and only has weeks to live. She discovers her estranged dad, a scientist, has found a cure for cancer from the venom of the deadliest jelly fish out there, the Sea Wasp. The main character must find this deadly jelly fish (she is deathly afraid of water) and make this cancer cure from the venom before her boyfriend dies. Time is ticking to save him and the end…. I can’t reveal but it is a shocker and will tear your heart out, let me put it this way. So I will be looking for an agent with this book and hope it gets picked up by someone.

Thank you for having me on your blog today! I enjoyed it and hope everyone enjoys my books. Happy Reading!!

L.K. Kuhl
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