I am delighted to share an interview with the talented Kenneth Hoss. Ken is a great Tweep friend and has been a wonderful support to me over my time on social media. He is author of the highly acclaimed ‘Storm Rising’, the first in a series of Kelli Storm novels and I’m honoured to repay some of that support on the release day for the second book, ‘Storm Warming’. How exciting!
Without giving too much away, tell us about your new book?
Without giving too much away, Kelli discovers that the head of a Colombian drug cartel is still out to kill her. Undaunted by this fact, Kelli uses any means at her disposal to take the cartel down, along with its leader.
Where do your ideas come from?
That’s a tough question. I suppose I get a lot of influence from books I’ve read, and yes, even television. I love Cop shows, specifically Police Procedurals. Shows like Blue Bloods and Law & Order.
Who is your most fascinating character, and why?
That’s easy, Kelli. She is an extremely complicated character. There are so many levels to her personality, and she can be fun to be around, when she’s not out to kill you.
Are any of your characters based on people you know or have met?
I think that most; if not all fiction authors either use people they know, or people they have observed. I know that I do. Granted, I don’t use their names, or describe them in detail, but there are a few characters in my books that I have taken from real life. As an author, I do a lot of people watching, and have gotten some great ideas for characters. Kelli is actually based, loosely mind you, on someone I dated a long time ago. She broke my heart, and I suppose that writing part of her into Kelli is my subconscious way of dealing with that.
Which is your favourite chapter/scene, and why?
That’s like asking a parent which child is their favourite. I try to be unbiased about chapters and scenes in my books. To me, they’re all my favourites.
How do you plan to promote your novel?
Other than all of the interviews I have scheduled? Mostly word of mouth and I do have some paid advertising lined up. I have a friend who has graciously offered me whatever I need in order to advertise both books. Of course I have been and will continue to Tweet, as well as post on Facebook and my blog.
What can readers expect from you next, and when can they expect it?
All I can say at this time is that Kelli will be back. We are in discussions at this time, and it appears that she may want to renegotiate her contract. There will be at least one more book, for now, and I’m hoping to keep her on the payroll for future books.
Describe your current work in progress in less than 15 words?
Suspenseful, thrilling, and it will keep you glued to the pages.
What is your writing routine and how do you balance your writing with your other commitments?
I don’t have an actual routine. I write when the mood strikes or Kelli gets on to me.
Do you ever suffer from writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?
Yes, and I hate it. It usually happens right after one of my characters and I have an argument and they take off for days at a time. How do I overcome it? I just ride it out and know that the words will come.
Name one of your favourite books and how it has influenced your life.
I have so many favourites that it’s hard to nail it down to one. That being said, the book that influenced me the most, at least as an adult is “Lines and Shadows” by Joseph Wambaugh. For those of you not familiar with his work, he was a Police Officer on the LAPD for years where he spent fourteen years, rising to the rank of Detective Sergeant. Most of his books were non-fiction, true crime. Lines and Shadows dealt with an arm of the San Diego PD, a Border Crime Task Force, who some considered heroes and others denounced as renegades. The book struck a cord with me, and even though I was already considering a career in law enforcement, this book tipped the scales.
Quick Fire Questions:
5 star hotel or backpack? Hotel
Espresso or latte? Espresso
Plotter or panster? Panster
Drummer or lead singer? Neither.
Favourite real person? John Grisham
Favourite fictional character? Andy Griffith
Burger and chips or Michelin star? Both
Theatre or cinema? Cinema
Sports car or campervan? Sports car
Safari or Cruise? Cruise
Thanks for having me. This was fun.
Trailer for Storm Warning:
Thanks for joining me, Ken. Was a pleasure!
Kenneth Hoss was born at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1957 to Albert and Mary Hoss. He served a combined total of fourteen years on active duty from 1974 to 1987 in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. His tour in the Army took him to Frankfurt, Germany where he had the opportunity to travel Europe. While in the Navy, Kenneth spent most of his time stationed in San Diego and Long Beach. His Navy travels took him to Hawaii, Guam, The Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Okinawa, the Middle East and Pakistan. He has lived in several States, including South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Washington and California. During his Navy service, Kenneth served several tours on Shore Patrol and as a Master-at-Arms. After leaving the service, Kenneth spent two years as a Police Officer in Southern California before resigning and becoming an IT Technician.
Storm Rising – A Kelli Storm Novel is a Police Procedural and is the first book in a three book series. Storm Warning, the next book, is being released today!
Kenneth currently lives in Irving, Texas.