Interview with Stephen Kunkler

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love the kindle Fire, simply because it is cheaper and easy to use. I had an IPad 4 for a few years and loved it too, though. I just like the fact that the Kindle Fire is cheaper and really durable.
Describe your desk
Small, clean, and organized. It is just a black wooden desk I got at Walmart on the cheap. I have my Asus Monitor hooked up to it and my PC specs are as follows:

Intel core i7 860
Radeon RX 460 Graphics
1 TB Hard drive
Windows 7
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ohio. I remember I mainly got into writing in Eighth Grade after an author came to our school and spoke. I actually had classes with her, because we were reading her book and she showed me just how hard it could be to write. She showed me her unedited written manuscript, and the dozens of times she rewrote every single line in it. That is what mainly got me interested in writing, the challenge.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to create completely new worlds inside of people's minds. I love the idea that, how I imagine my book playing out, others might have a completely different scene in their minds. Like they might imagine things differently than expected. The human mind is genius.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first actual chapter book I read was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I think I was in first or second grade when I started reading it. It amazed me, and it helped me learn about the English language. There were some words I didn't understand, but context clues allowed me to discover new ways of writing.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am a new publisher, Soul Release is my first book. Although I have researched ways to market my book for hours on end, none of them seem to be as effective as word of mouth from my readers. It seems like good feedback from other readers can make or break your book, in more ways than just reviews too.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My book is inspired by my religion. I am a very Christian person. I read the Bible daily, and I even listen to sermons on Youtube. I listen to Christian Rock Music too. I wanted to create something that would allow the young adult generation grow closer to God, or at least get the idea of God in their lives, you know? It seems this newest generation is almost hesitant to go to Church, or learn about God, so I am just trying to make it fun. Religious Fiction, Action, Adventure, and Romance. What more could you want?
What do your fans mean to you?
Honestly, if my work can bring some sort of happiness into at least one persons life, that is all I need. I want to entertain people with my writing. My fans, my readers mean a great deal to me. I put five years of work into Act one of Soul Release alone, so I would love for people to read it and provide feedback.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jonathan Stroud, JK Rowling, and George RR Martin are my top three.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote and published, was "The Ancients and the Innocent". A tale about a penguin trying to reclaim his homeland with the help of a dinosaur. It is a short story, but some parts in it are humorous.
What are you working on next?
I have in the works a spinoff series to Soul Release. It is going to tell about the origins of the Nombor SI (the demon worship group).
Published 2018-01-17.
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Books by This Author

Soul Release: Genesis
Price: Free! Words: 10,750. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Religion
A man learns from an Angel, that he will soon be the target of demons and devil. He is given something that could very well save his existence, but what could it be and how should he use it?
Soul Prison: Genesis
Price: Free! Words: 3,360. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Religion
In a world where all pure evil thrives in the dark, how can Yehim save his only brother who is fading away from the fire.
The Ancients and the Innocent - A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A wacky tale meant to confuse and befuddle. See if you can keep up with this one of a kind story. A magical penguin searches for a way to reclaim his homeland, with the help of a dinosaur.