Interview with Clay A. Kahler

What motivated you to become an author?
I don’t know. I have just always loved writing. It is an escape for me. Especially now with “The Fallen,” all of my other books have been non-fiction… so it was a real adventure stretching my creative side.
What do your fans mean to you?
I cannot even begin to tell you how much the readers mean to me. To have people from all walks of life read and enjoy something that I have created means so much to me. I truly want to thank everyone who has given “The Fallen” a chance.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on my next novel, but its classified.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow… there are so many. I love the writing of Frank Peretti, Tim Lahaye, John Walvoord, Paul Enns, Robert Ludlum, Steven King, David Jeremiah… There are too many to name.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. I love life. I love getting up and getting on my Harley, going to work and just experiencing all that this life has to offer.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work… a lot. I work a regular 8-5 job and I also head up Midwest Tactical Services. Other than that I love spending time with family.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story that I remember writing was in Jr. High. It was in English class and we were assigned to write a story about pilgrims and such, it was near Thanksgiving. After reading it my teacher sent me to the counselor. I guess she didn’t appreciate the Massacre scene.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is one of my favorite aspects of this process. I want my cover to reveal a little about the story, while withholding the grit. Take “The Fallen” for example. It is a photograph of a field in West Texas (the scene for much of the story) featuring two fence posts. One is straight and sturdy and one is bent and misshapen. These posts reflect the personalities of the two main characters of the story.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am from a small town in Texas. We were raised to show respect and work hard. The main location in “The Fallen” is the fictitious town of “Freebolt” Texas, a boom town, much like my home town.
How much of your own life experiences are in “The Fallen?”
Well, I didn’t really draw from actual events, however much of my background is there. For instance, my childhood home in Texas. I have a Law Enforcement background that heavily influenced much of the story. I have an extensive ministerial background, that too contributed. I am not sure if it is possible to completely fabricate a story without lending a small part of yourself to it.
Any advice to the prospective authors out there?
Yes. First, never give up. There will be those who will tell you that you can’t do it, but you just keep going. Second, always be open to the critics. I have learned more from criticism than I ever did in a classroom. Third, never stop honing your craft. Read everything that you can, write always, even if its nothing you think you will ever use. Finally, when you are writing, hit “save” every time you exhale.
We hear that something is up... What is the latest news concerning "The Fallen?"
Well, yes. There is definitely something up... Doug Curtis, Executive Producer has committed to making "The Fallen" into a feature Film! Doug was the Executive Producer of such films as "Shoot 'Em UP," "Cellular," "Freddy vs Jason," and 19 other films! Interested parties should visit http://igg.me/at/ZBHWddPi1jw/x/11764254.
Published 2015-08-15.
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Books by This Author

The Fallen
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,250. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Out of deceit, betrayal, and murder, can reconciliation and forgiveness arise? Forged in the hot west Texas wind, the Allen brothers grew up. Johnny and Coy had the same parents, same environment and had the same advantages and disadvantages. Yet they would grow up to be so different. Coy, the younger Allen brother, grew up to be a successful Baptist Pastor, Johnny, a death row inmate.