Today I'd like to welcome the fabulous Lynette Kuhl, with an interview and a spotlight on her new novel, CHASM. Thanks so much, Lynette! It's great to have you on the blog today :)
Genre: Adult Suspense
Published by Clean Reads Publishing
Tag Line: 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.
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.
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.
Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kuhlreads
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01BXDJGIY
First of all I would like to thank Lora for having me on her blog today! She is awesome!! What inspired me to write Chasm was that it was basically based on a true story and I love to incorporate things that have happened in my life into my stories.
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.
1. What are your favorite genres to read/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.
2. Besides writing, what are some of your other hobbies? Family!! That is my biggest one yet! I love vacationing with family, playing games with family, sitting around chatting with family and just doing everything with them!! My next hobby is making candles. I make scented ones that I take to craft fairs in the fall. I love reading and going for walks, too.
3. Which Character in Chasm is most like you, and why? Hum, I would have to say the main character, Taylor. Taylor loves her children unconditionally and would do anything to protect them, just as I would mine. Taylor has her flaws and has made a ton of wrong decisions in her life. But in the end, she has learned from her mistakes and has turned her life around to become a better person, just as I feel I have.
4. What projects are you currently working on? I have just started the third and last book in The Everlasting Trilogy. It is called Finished Business and is moving much slower than the first two books. I don't know if it's just getting harder for me to continue it on, coming up with new adventures and such, or if I just don't want to say goodbye to my characters. It's a bittersweet feeling. I just finished up with the Pre-Edits to the second book in the series and am waiting for that to go through the editing phases. That book is the second book in The Everlasting Trilogy and is called The Decision.
5. In your writing process, are you a plotter or a pantser? I think I am a little bit of both. I get most of the story plotted out before I start on it, but pants a lot of it as I go along, filling in the parts I haven't plotted lol.
6. Share with us a favorite book quote! My favorite quote is from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. Noah is telling Allie "It's not over...it'll never be over." Then they share a passionate kiss!! Love that part!
7. Any advice for other writers? My advice would be to never give up! Sometimes the fears and rejections can really get to you. You have to have tough skin in this business. But if you persevere, you will make it!
8. Any tips for breaking through writer's block? Writer's block does get hard for me, at times. The best thing I can do to try to combat it, is just take a break from writing for a while. Get up and take a break, go for a walk, or play with your children.
9. If you could choose anywhere in the world to visit, where would it be? I think I would have to say Australia. I have always loved wildlife and nature and I would love to take a safari tour to see some of the exotic animals out in the wild.
What a great interview! Thanks again, Lynette! This book sounds amazing, a definite must-read, and the story behind it is so heartbreaking and compelling.