L. J. Kritz


Lou began writing in high school, chronicling events of interest and recording major events. He has contributed to business and medical journals but has always wanted to express his thoughts in fiction. Born into a close society in the mining and steel region of southwestern Pennsylvania his hardworking parents relied on deep religious conviction to get them through life's struggles.

Lou witnessed his church's idiosyncrasies and embarked on a long-term quest to understand religion and how it affects beliefs and daily life. After spending 12 years in Lancaster County, PA, including four years in an Amish house and being immersed in that society, he felt equipped to write "Dark Angel Amish" and it's new sequel, "Pay the Devil."

Lou and his wife, Loraine, live in Costa Rica, realizing a dream that they've had for many years.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the coal fields in southwestern Pennsylvania, in a mostly Catholic community. The church was a powerful influence and it began with the church-sponsored elementary school. I began watching what was taught versus what actually went on around me and was mesmerized by how religion could be a tool for good, or could be co-opted by those that had other aims and goals.
When did you first start writing?
I really got into it in high school, but never thought it was good enough to be published. As I grew, I turned mostly to non-fiction and achieved some success there, but fiction was always my goal.
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Pay the Devil
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,230. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
"Pay the Devil" continues the story, begun in "Dark Angel Amish", of the true effect of self-aggrandized cult leaders in the Amish Church in Lancaster County, PA. Three women, an Amish farm wife, a Mennonite woman who is also a lesbian, and an "English" outsider from Philly, are all struggling to make sense of the Elders' cruelty and heavy-handedness. They are tested to their limits.
Dark Angel Amish
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,010. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Within the confines of the peaceful Amish community in Pennsylvania, hides the heavy-handed Elders using their assumed anointed power without regard to the laws of the land. Their reckless disregard for everything outside of their own inflexible opinions leads to the demise of a young Amish family and changes forever the lives of the people coming in contact with them.

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