Everything Somewhere …

Welcome one and all, let me introduce you to a young up and coming author, David Kummer. His new book, Everything Somewhere will be coming out soon and I got the opportunity to chat with him about it. Read his interview below. Please drop a comment, ask questions, and be sure to check out his website at the end for a sneak peek at chapter one!

How did this idea begin?

This book originated from a few different ideas and intentions. One of the first and major ideas was to write a book about my hometown, specifically the people and stories that make up the place. That hometown, Madison, Indiana, is a major character in the book, though under the name of Little Rush. I tried to write honestly and openly about the good and the bad, from different point of views.

That idea evolved into two major themes throughout the book. Everything, Somewhere is all about normal life. Sure, there are some incredible things that happen, ranging from the unlikely to the improbable, but everything is about accepting and treasuring average life. Writing this allowed me to explore the idea of a normal life, what that means, the pros and cons, and this eventually led to another big topic. Writing about mental illness and suicide gave me the chance to write a heartwarming but brutally honest story about the state of today’s teenagers, but also adults. Balancing these two themes and a plot full of big characters, big ideas, was an incredibly rewarding experience. I have no doubt that it’ll be just as rewarding for you to read.

I've seen you mention on social media that this has been one of your most difficult books to write, why?

This book is the most open I’ve ever been about mental illness, suicide, and substance abuse. Not everything in the book is stuff I’ve experienced personally. Instead, I tried to paint a realistic and brutal picture of what the average teenager goes through nowadays, but also with adults and their own struggles in mind. I chose the POV characters specifically to show the town and major issues from all different angles.

While this makes the book dark and gripping, there are hopeful moments as well. I think the honesty and openness that I put into the book are what make it such a captivating read. There’s something for everybody, pieces of life that are relatable and hardships that we all face. In that same vein of thought, there are heroes and friends that we all know, relationships we long for or maybe have already. I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

What did you edit out of this book?

There were a few plot points and threads that I took out of the book. Some were fully developed chapters, others just paragraphs, but I do have one story to share.

One part that you might find interesting occurred near the beginning of the book. One character is named Willow. There were two chapters written out where she interacts with a friend who is moving out of town, and it’s sort of a goodbye scene meant to foreshadow some events later in the book. The chapters were good, but I decided not to include them. For sake of brevity, sure, but also the friend’s character never got developed enough. Trust me, in the end it was a good thing, though it did have a few killer lines I held onto for later use!

What do you plan on writing next?

I’ve got a weird thriller/mystery/kidnapping story mix that I’ve already written. It’ll need a few rewrites and lots of editing, but I’m super excited for how it’ll turn out. That book is one I’ll consider querying, maybe finding an agent for. It’ll be really fun to advertise, since the hook is pretty great. It’s been a while since I wrote something so exciting or action-packed, but also dark. It’ll be a blast for everyone, as soon as I get time to work on it! College gets in the way a bit.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

For this answer, I could easily have said “Where the Crawdads Sing,” but instead I’ll go with something a bit more obscure. I’ve written about it extensively on my blog, because I have some really weird/cool stories to go along with the book review, but “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters is wildly good! It’s the kind of book I wish I could have written.

While the book is a thriller and a mystery, the beautiful writing takes it from being great to legendary. The plot itself is slow-burning and unnerving, one of the most memorable. There are hints of love and of ghosts, the struggle of grief. It’s all put together perfectly and sticks to your skin even after you’re finished. The last page is, I think, the best closing I’ve ever read, as haunting as the whole book that preceded it. There’s even a movie, if you’re into that sort of thing! So, yeah, this was kinda just another book recommendation. You’ll thank me later.

https://davidkummer.com/

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Meet a ragtag team of strangers who come together to save the universe, in this thrill ride of mystery, adventure and war. 

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How do you write?

People are always asking how to write and work full time. Here’s my advice.

 

Give up any thoughts of a social life – at least for the first ten years.

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Use the weather to your advantage.

Too hot = air condition and write.

Too cold = crank the heat and write.

Just right = get technological (or old school) and write outside! street-1209401_640

Forget about sleep!

Nap before you crash. 

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Try not to go insane and put those thoughts to paper! 

 

 

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Happy writing folks!

 

Addicted to publishing

Publishing my first book was both terrifying and exhilarating.

How would it be received? Would I be outed as a fraud and have my internet privileges locked away? Would people be kind or mean?

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So many emotions came with the first book, and when nothing exceptionally bad, or amazingly good happened, I kept writing.

As I was ramping up to publish book two, I got excited. It was a geniuses idea that come from nowhere. This was going to be the big one! This one will launch my career. The excitement was palpable.

It was received to the tune of …

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But that’s okay, writing marches on, my next book is almost ready.

Here we go again, let’s publish this baby. This is the one! I’ll be famous. It’s my best yet.

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It gets the most five star reviews. People do love it. I’m not famous YET.

I published again and again.

I came to realize I’m addicted to publishing! With every book I get excited. I know it will be the one. The one that hits it big. The one that make it’s to the New York Times best sellers list. The one that will get me out of this town.

Will this be the one? Stay tuned and find out.

 

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A Psychological Horror to ponder.

Dive into the mind of David Kummer, an up and coming writer who’s not afraid to plunge us into the depth of his imagination.

If you read the works of Ramsey Campbell or Bret Easton Ellis, then give this book a try.  There are mixed reviews on this book, but I personally enjoy a story that brings the reader into the mind of a psycho and doesn’t spell out every step of the way. As a young adult, David Kummer has the chops to bring us there. 

 

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Join Cyrus Street as he returns to his hometown, where fifteen years previous the church burned taking many townspeople with it. Now that he’s back townspeople start to die. Through flashbacks, we see his checkered past, his family and the love of his life.

And a darkness that haunts his mind.

Delve into the past, present, and future in Until we burn.

 

 

Everybody remebers the fire. Everybody remebers him. But there’s a darkness he’s buried inside his own head. and unless he can remeber, the entire town will burn.

Buy this book, and check out his others here: 

https://www.amazon.com/David-Duane-Kummer/e/B018AA9KK2/

 

Author Interview with Rebecca Bryn

When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?

I began writing about fourteen years ago. I didn’t aspire to write; rather, I fell into it helping a fellow author with her novel. One day, on a whim, I wrote Chapter One and I was off.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve just finished editing The Dandelion Clock, a tale of young lovers torn apart by the Great War. It was inspired by my grandfather’s exploits in Egypt and The Holy Land from 1916 to 1918, while Grandma, the girl he’d promised to marry if he survived, kept life together at home in England and waited for him to return. It’s been a roller-coaster ride. The horrors soldiers endured in Gallipoli, Egypt, and Palestine were a real eye-opener. Bill’s struggle to survive and keep his promises to bring home his beloved warhorse and marry his sweetheart are inspirational and heartbreaking.

The Dandelion Clock is available now at the special pre-order price of 99p/99c at http://mybook.to/DandelionClock – Royalties until the Remembrance Day Centenary will go to http://ABF Soldiers’Charity.org https://www.soldierscharity.org/about-us/what-we-do/  and www.thebrooke.org a charity that rescues horses, mules, and donkeys from some of the poorest parts of the world and was founded to rescue the old warhorses abandoned by the army in Cairo in 1918.

My next project, ‘Th1rte3n’, forming silently in my mind, will be something completely different – contemporary and maybe bordering on horror.

What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?

Write with an honest heart, a personal truth, and don’t duck the difficult bits – readers respond to honestly told stories with which they can identify – and be prepared for a lot of hard work both during the writing process and after – promotion is harder than writing. Research your subject thoroughly. Write whenever you can, put your writing out there, and accept criticism as a method of improving. It doesn’t much matter what you write because every word is honing your craft, and it’s a very steep learning curve. If you love writing, you’ll climb the hill. Someone once said writing was a selfish profession. It’s true: you have to immerse yourself in a different world, and it takes a lot of time and concentration, and it can feel exclusive to those around you. Don’t forget reality exists, and there are people there who need you.

What of your own writing was your favorite piece?

That’s a hard question to answer. Each of my books has its own place in my heart and there are passages in each I especially love, usually descriptive or emotional pieces, but I think I’m most proud of ‘For Their Country’s Good’ series. It was inspired by my own family history, and I wrote it for myself, my children, and grandchildren. It turned into an epic tale I loved researching and writing. I learnt a lot about my roots.

A quote by you or your Life motto?

‘The only thing written in stone is your epitaph.’

 

7 book comp

Silence of the Stones http://mybook.to/SilenceoftheStones

Touching the Wire http://mybook.to/TouchingtheWire

Where Hope Dares http://getbook.at/WhereHopeDares

For Their Country’s Good series

 

Book 1 On Different Shores http://mybook.to/OnDifferentShores

Book 2 Beneath Strange Stars http://mybook.to/BeneathStrangeStars

Book 3 On Common Ground http://mybook.to/OnCommonGround

The Dandelion Clock http://mybook.to/DandelionClock

Your Genres: Historical fiction, Contemporary fiction, Dystopian

Official website: https://rebeccabrynblog.wordpress.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/rebeccabryn

Bookbub page: – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rebecca-bryn-5527e97a-146a-49e7-95c7-a30b0f603c80

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/authorshow/8434030.RebeccaBryn

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