June 3, 2015

Interview with CA Kunz, Mother/Son Writing Duo

Carol Kunz was born in New Ferry, England. Her interest in the supernatural was first sparked upon meeting a ghost at the age of eight. As a teenager, she was always fascinated by the mythology behind vampires, werewolves and witches. Being an avid reader, Carol finds it easy to spend several hours wrapped up in a great fantasy novel.

Adam Kunz was born in Newport News, Virginia. Growing up, he was a huge fan of creature features and books about things that go bump in the night. When he is not busy writing, Adam enjoys his job at a certain theme park in Orlando, Florida as a d├ęcor consultant. This job brings him face to face with all sorts of nightmarish creatures, especially when he decorates the haunted houses for the park’s annual Halloween event.

*What would you be doing right now if you were not an author?
Adam:  I would be working more in the Art and Design department at Universal Studios.
Carol:  I would be reading more.

*5 years ago: what were you doing?
We were writing our first book, The Childe, together as C.A. Kunz.

*Do you have a certain writing ritual?
Adam: Usually before starting a new book I put together character bios to get to know them better, write a brief outline of the story, and then get a cover concept in mind. This all helps me settle into the story’s world and allows for less bouts of the dreaded writer’s block.
Carol: I write in my overstuffed recliner and it has to be quiet, no TV or music

*What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
Adam:  I was told that though my New Adult novels were good, they lacked in the romance department.
Carol:  I was told readers wanted more expansion of the story in my New Adult novel Lucky Number Four.

*Is there an author you'd like to meet?
Adam:  I’ve met my two favorite authors, R.L. Stine and J.K. Rowling. Both meetings were so surreal, but left lasting impressions on me. I would still love to meet Tamora Pierce.
Carol:  I would love to meet Sherrilyn Kenyon. I LOVE her books.

*What is the hardest thing about writing?
Adam: Sometimes it’s writing that first page.
Carol: Knowing what you want to say but having a hard time to write it.

* Do you read other's reviews of your books?
Adam: Yes, I try not to, but I find myself compelled to.
Carol: Every single one.

Fav Color
Adam: Orange
Carol: Red

Fictional Character you'd like to spend the day with?
Adam: Adult Harry Potter!!!
Carol:  Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb's In Death Series.

Fav food:
Adam: Thai Food (all of it)
Carol: This is a hard one, if I had to pick one it would be anything with cheese.

Fav song and/or singer
Adam: Thriller by Michael Jackson
Carol:  Uptown Funk is my go to song right now. Until the next song I like comes along.

Guilty pleasure
Adam: Watching and enjoying television shows I’m way too old to. Buuuut then again I do write YA books, so I can just call it research, hahaha!

Carol: Swag shopping. I LOVE buying stuff to give away.

Be sure to check out their solo careers!
Amanda Jason's AMAZON
T.A. Kunz's AMAZON

Cat Colvin
Average Teenager?
Or Something Else Entirely?

Cat Colvin is pretty much your typical run-of-the-mill teenager. Sure, she’s taller than most girls, has a mane of fiery red hair that’s impossible to tame, is left-handed, and her eyes are two different colors, but that’s where the differences end... unless you include the minor detail of her slow transformation into a Childe.

High school can definitely be challenging, and for Cat it’s no different. This is especially true when she’s faced with the daunting task of trying to hide her budding Childe traits as they begin to reveal themselves at the most inopportune times. To make matters worse, her family is oddly dead set against Ryan, the boy she grows to like. But everyone has their secrets: is Ryan really what he seems to be, and what is Cat’s family not telling her?

The Childe is the first book in this coming-of-age fantasy series which follows Cat's life through the twists and turns toward finding out whom and what she really is. Come and take the plunge with Cat into a world filled with mystery, biting humor, and the paranormal.

What would you sacrifice to save the one’s you love? To save the one who holds your heart? To save the world?

Kenley Grayson is all too familiar with these questions.

After Earth is thrust into its first intergalactic war with an unknown race called the Bringers, our military forces begin to suffer heavy losses. Desperate for a solution, the Allied Federation issues a worldwide draft for every able seventeen year old to enlist. As Kenley turns seventeen, she finds herself thrown into the very war that took her older brother’s life.

This year’s draft is a little different than in the past though. A new program, known as the Magnus Project, has been introduced, and only the best and brightest qualify. Kenley is amongst a select few whom are chosen to join this elite group of soldiers, and as a part of this project, undergoes a modification procedure that leaves her and her peers endowed with powers beyond their wildest dreams.

As Earth continues in its struggle against the Bringers, Kenley is transported to a high-tech training facility, the Magnus Academy, to prepare for the major battle that lies ahead. It’s here that she meets the California heartthrob, and son of a legendary war hero, Landon Shaw. As unexpected feelings toward Landon begin to develop, Kenley wonders if this is the right time or place for romance to bloom, especially when those feelings start to interfere with her training.

With the weight of the world on her shoulders, Kenley is constantly reminded of how important she and the rest of the Magnus cadets are to the fate of humanity. She is one of the Modified, Earth’s last line of defense against utter destruction.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the wonderful-&-fact-filled insights into two of my favorite humans!