New Author Team Interview!

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Introducing the team of authors of WARPED REMAINS, Kara Leigh Miller and David Jemal. Expect Warped Remains later this year!

Tell us a bit about yourself. Include a couple of facts that not a lot of people know about you.

David: After graduating college with a major I created in finance and culture, I jumped into the world of sales and thus began my crisscrossing of North America. Here are a few fun facts: I’m 6’2, my favorite color is neon green, and I love corny jokes.

Kara: I’m a full time wife; stay-at-home mom to 4 kids, 4 pit bulls, and 5 cats; writer, and the Editorial Director here at Anaiah Press. I’ve previously published two adult Christian romantic suspense books. Warped Remains is my first young adult book, but it won’t be my last. Three things you may not know about me: (1) I’ve never broken a bone, (2) When I was younger, I used to be terrified of eating in front of people I didn’t know, and (3) I’m going on my first ever cruise in January, and I couldn’t be more excited!

Tell us a bit about the book that will be published by Anaiah Press.

Warped Remains is an intense, fast-paced thriller about love and survival in one of the scariest situations ever! Here’s our working blurb…

Meet cute boy? Yup!

Survive plane crash? Barely.

Live until help arrives? Maybe.

Die at hands of government? More than likely.

Fed up with her erratic, reckless behavior, Emily Shepard’s parents ship her to Alaska to live with her grandparents in the hopes it will teach her the meaning of responsibility, hard work, and maturity. To Emily, it feels like the end of the world. Being forced to leave her friends, her school, and her boyfriend is only the beginning of her nightmare, though.

Mid-flight, the plane crashes, leaving her stranded on a creepy island somewhere in the Pacific with a group of survivors, including the sweet and sexy, Damon Cohen. Surviving and hoping for rescue are their primary goals, but the least of their troubles. It’s now a race against time for the government to find them before the island’s inhabitants do. But the government is willing to do anything to keep the island’s true purpose a secret – even sacrificing the lives of the survivors.

When and why did you start writing?

David: My gosh, how time flies! Writing was something I’ve always wanted to do. The desire started after reading—and then finishing—the entire Hardy Boys series. However, I finally worked up the nerve to write at the end of high school.

Kara: Oh, geez. I honestly don’t remember. Haha. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and in high school, I dabbled with some creative writing, but it wasn’t until 2010 / 2011 that I actually committed to writing my first full-length manuscript. I haven’t looked back since.

Is this your first book? How many have you written? How many have you published?    

David: This is our second book. Our first book, Inferno, is currently looking for its home.

Kara: Yes, as David said, this is our second co-authored book. We’ve both written things solely, though, and I’ve had multiple publications over the years.

Tell us a bit about your journey to publication.  

David: My journey to publication differs from the norm. After being politely rejected for a book (if we can even call it a book!) that had no right being subbed out, I asked the editor, Kara Leigh Miller, if she could give me guidance on how to become published — my ultimate dream. After going back and forth, I asked point blank: “I have a great idea that will be a winner. I can’t do it myself, so would you like to co-author it with me?” To my disbelief, she said yes. The rest, as they say, is history.

Kara: Ha! This makes me sound like a total pushover, huh? In my defense, David’s idea was really great! Once I heard it, I knew there was no way I could not write it. Personally, I got my start in publishing in the secular market. I’d queried a couple full-length books that didn’t go anywhere, but I had some easier success with small presses who took a chance on some romance novellas. From there, I grew enough to snag an agent, who then went on to sell a series for me (secular romance written under a pen name). Those early publications and processes taught me a lot about myself as an author, and I realized that the secular market just really isn’t for me. So I happily made the transition to Christian fiction.

What are some of your favorite books / authors?

David: My favorite books/series include: The Hardy Boys, Article 5, From The Ashes, All The Missing Girls, Gone Girl, And There Were None.

Kara: I’m an unashamed Twi-hard. I love the Twilight Saga. (You should see my collection of Twilight merch!) I’m also a fan of Ted Dekker, Frank Perretti, The Left Behind Series, One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus, and Melody Carlson’s Life at Kingston High Series.

What are some of your favorite movies / TV shows?

David: My favorite movies/TV show include: Lost, Tomorrow When The War Began, Red Dawn, Prison Break, Terra Nova, The Blacklist, and Revolution.

Kara: My top five favorite TV shows are Lost, The 100, Survivor, The Vampire Diaries, and The Last Ship. My all time favorite movies are anything within the Marvel Universe—Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, all the Avengers, really.

Where do you find inspiration for your books?

David: In terms of inspiration for my books, I find it by reading other books, watch shows, listening to music on walks or the train, or just daydreaming myself on an adventure!

Kara: Pretty much everywhere. I get a lot of ideas from watching Dr. Phil—oddly enough. Also from reading, television, movies, and people watching.

Describe your perfect day of relaxation.

David: My perfect day of relaxation consists of a book, a root beer, a 78 degree sun, and sitting on the beach.

Kara: Sitting on my couch with my puppies sleeping nearby, watching a good movie or reading a great book—without interruption from my family—while gorging on Pepsi, extra buttery popcorn, and Reese’s peanut butter cups.  

Where can readers learn more about you?

You can find Kara at these places:

Website: www.karaleighmillerauthor.com

Blog: www.karaleighmiller.blogspot.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/KaraLeighMille1

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KaraLeighMiller

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karaleighmiller/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/3352132601

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kara-Leigh-Miller/e/B009L2V782
And, to stay up to date on all her happenings, you can sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bn1wyD

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