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About the Book
Morgan is Missing (Kayla Falk Series #2)
by K. Hanson
Genre: Adult/New Adult Thriller
Release Date: August 2018
Kayla Falk is trying to move past the traumatic events of her mission in Syria and settle into a comfortable engineering job. However, when Morgan Bellamy, the younger sister of Kayla’s late best friend, disappears while on vacation, Kayla doesn’t hesitate to jump into action to find her. As Kayla investigates, she learns that Morgan has become trapped in a hellish human trafficking situation. Kayla is determined to find Morgan before she slips into the shadows forever.
Content Warning: This book is about sex trafficking. While I avoid explicit, graphic depictions of sexual violence, due to the nature of the subject matter, it is definitely implied that it takes place.
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D5JT6WL/
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
Strangely, what got me into writing is the same thing that got me into programming, which is what I do in my day job. I had a number of ideas for video games I would like to make, so I started learning to program. However, making the kind of games I would like to make would require hiring more people than just myself. I realized that I could at the very least turn my ideas into novels and write them myself. The stories have definitely evolved since then, but that’s where the idea started.
What genres do you write in?
I currently write in the thriller and YA fantasy genres, though I do have some ideas in other genres.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I was drawn to write in the thriller genre by reading a ton of Tom Clancy novels when I was younger. I like the idea of writing books that are set among current topics and can simultaneously educate and entertain the reader.
I’ve also always been a big fan of fantasy, growing up reading Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and others. I love creating a whole world of cultures, geography, and history, then creating interesting characters to explore that world. While I enjoy writing thrillers that are grounded in reality, I also enjoy escaping from that reality to play somewhere of my own creation.
How did you break into the field?
Since I haven’t had any formal education in creative writing, I started by just reading several books on writing a novel. From there, I just kind of dove into writing the first one. Since then, I’ve kept finding resources, such as books and classes, to help me grow as a writer. I’ve also been lucky to find a local group of writers who get together for critique groups, workshops, and write-ins. This network has been a great place to expand my horizons and make new writer friends.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
From my thrillers, I hope that the reader perhaps learns something and is inspired to learn more. While their primary goal is to provide some entertainment, they take place with real, current topics as backdrops. For instance, with Morgan is Missing, I hope people will go on to learn more about human trafficking and what they can do to help.
My fantasy books are definitely lighter and are more about just enjoying an adventure with a badass, sassy pirate captain.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
It is incredibly rewarding to go from just a concept in my head to a fully written and released book. It also means the world to me when someone tells me that they enjoyed my book or if they react the way I hope to certain parts of my books. The goal of fiction is to create an emotional experience for the reader, so anytime I see that I’ve accomplished that is a rewarding feeling.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Right now, the most challenging aspect is juggling a fulltime job, writing, and life outside of those things (including getting married in a few short months). However, it helps that my fiancée is currently going to grad school while also working as a teacher, so she’s pretty busy too. We support each other in our goals and know that our work now will pay off in the future.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Write what you’re passionate about and trust yourself that the story is there. When drafting, ignore the doubts and inhibitions that try to hold you back. Just push forward with the vision that is in your head.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Lately, I mostly read fantasy novels. I’m currently working my way through the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I’m also a big fan of Sarah Maas and her Throne of Glass series.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
Perhaps a bit random, but my fiancée and I are fully embracing our nerd status and have been getting in Dungeons and Dragons lately.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
You can find me at my website, along with Facebook and Twitter.
About the Author
K lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he works as a software developer. In his spare time, when he isn’t writing, he enjoys reading, working out, playing video games, and spending time with his wonderful fiancee, Bobbi. Some of his favorite authors are Tom Clancy, George R. R. Martin, and Sarah Maas.
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