I’m pleased to announce a guest blogger to Sharkbait Writes today. A couple of weeks ago my friend and fellow author Kenneth Hoss asked if I would be interested in participating in a blog tour to celebrate and promote the launch of Storm Warning, the second book in his Kelli Storm series. Of course I accepted the opportunity and opened up the doors to my humble spot in cyberspace for Kenneth to share with my readers about his upcoming release. I would also like to point out that he is also a huge supporter of “Freedom Is Not Free” an organization that helps wounded service members and their families. Kenneth has given a portion of his royalties from Storm Rising to this organization in support of the brave men and women who serve our great country. For that I applaud him.
Now, let me hand the virtual microphone over to Mr. Kenneth Hoss, author of the The Kelli Storm series.
By Kenneth Hoss
First of all, I would like to thank Rob “Sharky” Pruneda for this opportunity.
Many people that I meet around town, when they find out that I’ve written a novel, inevitably ask me if it was hard. My answer is always, yes. However, I don’t look on writing as a task; it’s more as a labor of love. With the first book in the Kelli Storm series, in the beginning, I was a little unsure of my writing. After many failed starts, and with the help of a wonderful group of fellow writers, my work and characters began to come to life. With book two, Storm Warning, things went much smoother, and I had more confidence in my writing. Granted, the book took much longer to write, but I believe that is because I finally became familiar with my characters. They became old friends. Just like old friends, we argued, we fought and we even stopped talking to each other. Feelings got hurt and egos were bruised, but just like old friends, we eventually made up and the story continued. That’s the way I see them, as old friends, and yes, we do have conversations and I tell their story. As E.L. Doctorow once said, writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
Kelli is a strong willed woman and has been described as a tough as nails detective. On the flip side of that rough exterior is a woman who doesn’t hide her emotions, a woman who loves, and wants to be loved. She can be a fierce opponent, a loving daughter, and a loyal friend. She is one person you don’t want to piss off, and you definitely don’t mess with her friends or family.
When I began writing her story, I really didn’t know her, having just met. After several months of conversations, I began to know her and her views, and I’m embarrassed to say, I began to fall in love with her. She has so many facets to her personality. She is smart, has a sarcastic sense of humor, and she’s a big foodie. Oh, and she loves sports. With the second book, Storm Warning, I found myself still finding out new things about her and the people around her. Things like how she handles loss, the strength she musters to keep from taking a drink when that’s all she wants to do.
Originally, I wanted to start a new case for Kelli to follow, away from the first book. Unfortunately, Kelli didn’t feel this way, and after several false starts, I finally yielded and let her run the show. Unlike the first book, in which I outlined the entire book, I only did a skeletal outline on this one. Oh, I did the bios for the new characters, at least those with recurring roles. With the minor players, I did a brief bio, just enough to get an idea of their background. I won’t go into a lot of details on the story, other than to say that once again, Kelli has gotten herself in deep. A storm is brewing and Kelli is right in the path.
Kenneth Hoss was born at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas in 1957 to Albert and Mary Hoss. He served a combined total of fourteen years on active duty from 1974 to 1987 in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. His tour in the Army took him to Frankfurt, Germany where he had the opportunity to travel Europe. While in the Navy, Kenneth spent most of his time stationed in San Diego and Long Beach. His Navy travels took him to Hawaii, Guam, The Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Okinawa,the Middle East and Pakistan. He has lived in several States, including South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Washington and California.
Independent Authors Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/kenneth-hoss.html
Storm Warning – A Kelli Storm Novel – Release date: 9/15/12
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