Interview with J.L. Kudlo

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely. It was a story about high schoolers and their struggles. Of course, I was only nine at the time so I was definitely writing about something in which I had no experience. When I read it in high school, it was comical to get the perspective of my high school experiences through the eyes of a younger me. I was so far off base.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover needs to say a lot with a little. It has to be eye catching up close and far away. My series involves the supernatural so I knew that it needed to be mystical and dark and I was fortunate to find a cover artist that realized my vision and brought the book alive. I can't stop looking at my cover.
What is your writing process?
I have quite an involved process. I turn on my music. It has to be headphones over the stereo so that I can drown out any peripheral noise. I light a candle and drink black chai tea with some cream. It sets the mood and ambience and gets the creative juices flowing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read Stephen King's "IT". I was petrified. I think it was the first time that I realized that young children were not immune to being a victim. I always thought that youth provided me an exemption from all the terrible things in the world but then Mr. King puts it on paper, I knew that even bad things happen to children. I started to look at life differently...as well as clowns.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Where I grew up has everything to do with my writing. I grew up in a small town in Michigan and it was filled with considerate, friendly people. It wasn't uncommon to go into town and know almost everyone you ran into. They knew about being a friendly neighbor and growing up, there wasn't much trouble I could get into without my mother finding out. I think small towns like these is where that expression "it takes a village to raise a child" came from. I didn't realize how much that impacted me and when I write, I want the characters to tell the story, not the story tell the story. I want my readers to relate to the characters, perhaps identify a character as similar to someone they know in life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Spring's Beginning is book one of the Season's Series and it is the story of William Huntslow. Orphaned at the age of four, Will is taken in by his quirky and whimsical aunt in a small mid-western town where he slowly learns that life can be about more than just loss. Now, at the age of seventeen, as he is beginning to find his place in the world, a mysterious girl, Freya, comes to town and strange and dangerous events begin to unfold leaving Will to discover that the life he is living is not the life for which he is destined.

As Will’s feelings unexpectedly grow for Freya, so does the threat of danger to himself and those around him. Mythological creatures begin to make their appearance in his otherwise quiet town and Will is forced to discover the connection between Freya and the supernatural beasts. Soon, Will learns that the girl he is falling for is not just an ordinary girl and she has come to protect Will from the dangers that lie ahead.

Upon learning that Will plays an integral role in the future of the world he knows, he is forced to stand up and fight for the small town that provided him a safe harbor after the loss of his parents, his close friends and family that nurtured his wounded soul, and for the girl that he has grown to love in ways he never thought possible.
What do your fans mean to you?
I write because it provides an outlet to a world that no other person can alter, but the fans are the inspiration to keep going. It's kind of like looking in the mirror and thinking, "My hair looks good today" even though it is sticking up in all directions. It's how I see it and it is my perspective but when fans like what you are writing it's as if they are saying my crazy hair is unique and interesting and own it. Not everyone will have the same reactions but it is the fans that give you the confidence and support to keep going.
What are you working on next?
I am nearly finished with book 2 of the Season's Series. It is called Summer's Repose and continues with the story of Will and Freya, where Spring's Beginning left off. Next, I will jump right into book three.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, which includes my two dogs, two cats, and fish, not to mention all of the squirrels, chipmunks and birds that I feed. I am motivated to get out of bed to see what I will accomplish in my waking hours. Sometimes it is a regular day and sometimes miraculous things can happen...like publish a book.
Published 2014-11-28.
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Books by This Author

Fall's Descent
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 126,650. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
The third installment of the Season's Series, Fall's Descent, begins back in Galesburg, where Will, Freya, and Rowhyn find themselves in what seems to be their quiet town of Galesburg. But just when life seems to be free of supernatural powers, Will and the gang are faced with danger and betrayal so sinister, they have no choice but to face it, no matter the cost.
Summer's Repose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,080. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Summer's Repose is the highly anticipated follow up to Spring's Beginning. In the aftermath of Will learning that his life is anything but normal, he soon understands his place in a world of monsters, gods, and the unpredictability of love. With the help of his quirky family and unusual friends, Will discovers the dangers are only beginning and his quest to save mankind is too close to home.
Spring's Beginning
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 105,240. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
William Huntslow is just beginning to find his place in this world at the age of seventeen after being haunted from a past in which he once believed he could not escape. Enter Freya Shenstrom, a new girl at school that brings life and love into his world but with this new experience also comes danger leaving Will to stand up and fight for his family, friends, and the girl he has grown to love.