1: Pen name:
2: Genre I write:
Young Adult, New Adult, Adult Romantic Suspense
3: Author Bio:
L.K. Kuhl lives in Nebraska with her husband of twenty-nine years, young son, Nathan, and Greg, their Black Lab dog. She has two older daughters, Morgan and Brittani and son-in-law, Trevor. L.K. has been writing for over twenty years. She first began writing children’s books and poetry, moved on to writing music, and is now writing Young Adult and Adult novels. Her first book, Everlasting, a Young Adult Paranormal Romance, was published in February, 2016. She loves spending time with her family, vacationing, writing, reading, and taking long walks. It’s the characters who write their own stories in her novels, and she is just their messenger, sharing it with the world.
4: What prompted me to pitch to #pit2pub:
I was always heavily involved with Query Tracker. It helped to find agents to pitch to, plus I loved the other author’s blogs about their query process. This is where I learned about #pit2pub. I looked to the other authors to tell me when a #pit2pub event was coming up and they showed me the ins and outs of how #pit2pub worked. I figured #pit2pub would give me the exposures to publishers that I wasn’t getting before. Plus, I found #Pit2Pub to be very exciting!
5: My experience with #Pit2Pub:
I tried #Pit2Pub two different times. The first time was with my first novel, Everlasting. I had a few requests from publishers for fulls but none of them were very interested. Everlasting is a Paranormal Romance and I had heard from other authors that agents and publishers weren’t taking Paranormal Romance at the time because that genre had fallen out of favor.
I tried the next year, which was the summer of 2015. I had a new novel at the time. It is an Adult Romantic Suspense called, CHASM. I decided to pitch Everlasting again too, just to give it a try. I got requests for both of them but still wasn’t getting a contract. This #Pit2Pub was in July. I pretty much put it out of my mind thinking I would keep writing and try again when the next one came around. But then in August, things changed. I got a request from Stephanie from Clean Reads. She wanted to see the full of both CHASM and Everlasting. I sent them in thinking it would be another “no.” On September 21 my life changed. This was the day, or evening rather, that Stephanie sent me a contract for both CHASM and Everlasting. I couldn’t believe it! I was almost ready to shelve Everlasting, thinking that no one wanted Paranormal, and it got life breathed into it again. I have #Pit2Pub and Stephanie to thank for that!
6: Publisher I signed with:
Clean Reads Publishing
7: My upcoming book:
CHASM is my newest novel. It just released on May 5th. Here is the back cover blurb and how I got the idea to write it:
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.
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.
8: Scheduled to be released:
Everlasting was released in February, 2016 and CHASM was released on May 5, 2016.
9: The top of my bucket list:
Continuing writing is at the top of my bucket list. I want to keep on getting stories out there for my reader fans to read. I love being able to put my voice into words. When things get hard for me to say, this is where my writing comes in to play. My biggest bucket list for my books would be having them made into movies. I’m sure this is every author’s dream.
10: My parting words to authors:
Never give up and don’t let negative reviews get you down. I am living proof that your dreams can come true. I had tons of rejections and was almost ready to give up. But I didn’t. I persevered and kept on. Now that I am a published author, the work gets harder and the road gets a little scarier. Once you are published you get to see what people think of your work. There are many, many days that I suffer with self-doubt and think my work isn’t good enough, especially when I get a bad review. But you just have to brush it off and realize that you can’t please everyone and not everyone is going to like your work. I believe that if you have a story to tell, it should still be told. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Writing is now in my blood, and I put my heart and soul into it, and believe me, it is difficult when someone doesn’t like it. But I keep on. This is who I am. And I won’t give up!
Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kuhlreads
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01BXDJGIY
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chasm-lk-kuhl/1123761841?ean=2940158502675
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/everlasting-lk-kuhl/1123437578?ean=2940157684952