My Interview with Adam Kunz, and Review Rewind!
First we will start with my interview. Adam Kunz was my very first author interview post. He is the author of One Tiny Secret and the co-author of The Childe series, and The Modified series. He was so patient with me and my silly questions. He is an amazing guy and super supportive of anyone starting out whether its a blogger or writer. I can honestly say that he and his mom, Carol are two of the reasons I finally started blogging. He has such a big heart, and has a way with making people feel like they’ve known him forever! He is also one of the most humble people I have ever met! So please check out this interview I did with him a few months ago and my review of his first solo book, One Tiny Secret. Come back tomorrow to see my interview with the lovely Shayne Leighton and see just how different her answers are from Adams! lol. Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY every day this week for your chance to win a ticket to Indie BookFest and some awesome books from attending Indie authors!!!
Where is the strangest place you have had an idea for a story?
Hmmmmm…the strangest place, huh? Well, I guess that would have to be the shower. It’s weird, but a lot of great ideas for books come to me while I’m taking a shower, hahaha!
Now that you have a solo book out, how do you feel? Do you think it was easier or harder to do on your own?
At first, I felt weird because I was so used to writing with my mom, but now it’s grown into a surreal feeling. I recently saw the paperback with only my name on it, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. My name was on a freaking book, lol! It definitely brought the largest smile to my face. Annnnd as far as it being either easier or harder to do on my own, I’d say that it was easier to write the book because I could just write and didn’t have to combine my ideas with someone else’s, or divide up the work. On the other hand though, I had to write a book by myself, which was definitely a task, let me tell you. I’m thoroughly glad I wrote One Tiny Secret though, because I learned a lot about myself, and it also seriously helped me hone my craft as a writer.
Do you have any writing rituals? What about for release day?
I don’t really have any rituals for writing or for release days. I mean, I guess if you count only writing in my office a writing ritual, then that would be one. Oh, and I always have a celebratory dinner with friends and family on our release days. Celebration is very important!
Who is/was your biggest influences for becoming a writer? Famous and nonfamous?
Well, my parents have always encouraged me to read and write while growing up, and I guess I owe my love of those things to them. As far as famous people that have influenced my life as a writer, I’d say that J.K. Rowling, Gretchen McNeil, Stephen King, R.L. Stine, and Christopher Pike are my author idols!
Are there any doors that you have noticed are open to you specifically because you are a writer that weren’t there before?
One of the things I ABSOLUTELY love to do is travel, and writing has allowed me the opportunity to travel more. Not only is it allowing me to travel more, but it’s also taking me places I’ve never been before, which is always an added bonus. If it wasn’t for writing I’d probably only go on a vacation every two or three years between projects at Universal.
Is it true that Kate Middleton is carrying your love child?
I plead the fifth!
Are there any secrets about yourself that you would like to share?
I HANDWRITE EVERY FIRST DRAFT FOR A BOOK…
Is there anything that you think your readers would be surprised to know about you?
I HANDWRITE EVERY FIRST DRAFT FOR A BOOK!
Other than writing, what is your dream job?
The one I have now at Universal Studios in the Art and Design department.
Did you have a favorite character in OTS?
Dani, I LOVED writing her character. She was fun, spunky, and snarky.
Which character was the most fun to write?
Ooops, I guess I just answered this question up above. Dani!
Which was the most difficult?
I guess that would also have to be Dani, since I wrote the book from her point of view. I really tried to get the female voice down, and it took a LOT of work to make it sound legit. I actually like writing from a girl’s perspective since it offers a challenge that I wouldn’t get from writing from a guy character’s point of view.
Are there any personality quirks about Dani that we may have not necessarily noticed?
Not really, if you read One Tiny Secret you can pretty much pick up all her quirks. I tried to not be so subtle with her presentation so that people know exactly what kind of character she is. Now, there are things that people might not pick up about her while reading, but that wasn’t done on purpose or anything
If we were to get arrested together (or be on the news together for something lol), what would it be for?
Drunk and disorderly conduct while running through a Wal-Mart with nothing on but unicorn masks. Hmmmm, that actually sounds like a great scene to put in a book, hahaha!
Do you have any serious pet peeves?
LOUD CHEWING…biggest pet peeve of mine.
Advice for aspiring authors?
If you have an idea for a story, WRITE IT! Never hesitate to make your dreams come true, and always work hard toward what you want, no matter what anyone tells you. The only one standing in your way of becoming a writer IS YOU! So get out of your way and make things happen!
Authors: J.K. Rowling, Gretchen McNeil, R.L. Stine, Stephen King, Christopher Pike, and oh so many more!
Music: Florence and The Machine, Ellie Goulding, Maroon 5, Aerosmith, No Doubt, The Sounds, The Donnas, and oh so many more!
Movie: Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Pitch Perfect, Jaws, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and oh so many more!
Vacation spot: New York, New York or San Francisco, California. Buuuuut my two dream vacation spots would have to be anywhere in New Zealand or Japan.
Halloween costume: Michael Myers or Freddy Krueger.
Avenger: The Hulk.
Dessert: Anything that includes apples or peanut butter.
This or That?
Vampires or werewolves: Vampires
Beach or mountains: Beach
Cats or dogs: Dogs
Beer, wine, or liquor: Beer (but only craft or microbrew beers, no major labels.)
Paperback or e-reader: e-reader
One Tiny Secret
**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for 17+ due to language, violence, and sexual content.
Just one tiny secret has the potential to ruin everything.
Being the daughter of the sheriff in a small town like Holden Ridge means that eighteen-year-old Danielle “Dani” Marks’ life is under constant surveillance. She’s made a habit of staying under the radar by being a floater among social circles at school, which has kept her out of trouble—until now.
After a missing persons case stirs up the entire town, Dani finds herself caught right in the middle of the scandal. When she’s labeled a possible suspect, things quickly go from bad to worse. The sudden return of her old flame, Parker Reed, manages to make her whole situation even more complicated.
When an elusive unknown person begins to blackmail Dani by threatening to reveal her deepest secrets, Dani refuses to play along. That is, until the person’s actions take a violent turn. Holden Ridge begins to lose its sense of quaint town security, and Dani is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Who can she trust when anyone around her could be a suspect?
One thing’s for certain though: Never underestimate the power of one tiny secret.
Let me start by saying I really enjoyed reading this book. I received an E-ARC from the author for my honest review, and I can’t tell you how happy I am to have had that opportunity.
This is the story of Dani. Her dad is the town’s sheriff, so I’m sure that in itself can come with its own challenges as a teenager. She is a senior in high school and it is Halloween season. She is your typical teenager, at least she seems to be a lot like I was at that age. She has friends and likes boys, has a job, and works on the school newspaper. Her parents are divorced and her dad works too much, so she is often left to her own devices, which really could be a lot worse.
When she goes attends a secret Halloween party hosted by a classmate, things start happening that shouldn’t in such a small town. Dani starts receiving texts from an unknown number that can only be described as threatening. People in town start to disappear or die and for some reason this unknown person is trying to get Dani blamed for it. With the help of her recently returned ex, Parker, she is trying to save everyone she knows from becoming “Unknown’s” next victim.
I really liked the flow of this story. Kunz kept things moving along very nicely and I never got bored or felt like anything was over-written. There are plot twists and excitement. I seriously did not see the ending coming at all. Just when I thought I had it figured out, I found out I was wrong! As much as I always try to figure out the “who done it” part of a story, I really like it when I can’t actually solve the mystery.
If I had to complain about anything it would be this: the title. For me, it was misleading, but I may have just missed a point. I never felt like there was a real secret. I mean, yes, climax had some things revealed, but I never saw them really a being classified as a secret. Like I said though, I may have missed something though, so that is why I still gave it 5 stars.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good YA mystery/horror type of read with interesting characters and a good story.
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All About Adam
Adam Kunz is the A part of the mother and son author duo C.A. Kunz. Growing up, he always had a fondness for R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series. So, it was a no brainer when he decided to write his own novel that it’d be a thrilling mystery with a dash of horror. When he’s not busy writing, Adam enjoys his job at a theme park in Orlando, Florida as a décor 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. It’s been said by many that his addiction to Starbucks coffee will most likely be his downfall later in life.
**This review and Interview were previously posted at Little Read Riding Hood**