I was recently given the opportunity to get to know Adam Kunz, author of One Tiny Secret, and Co-Author of The Childe, Dark Days, and The Modified, just a bit better. Adam is one of those people that are fun to be around and has a great personality. I met him at Olde City, New Blood back in February, and let me tell you, he’s pretty hilarious. I have really enjoyed getting to know him over the last few months. He has been nice enough to allow me to interview him for my very first Author Interview!
I’m sure you have been asked a thousand times where your story ideas come from, so I won’t ask you quite the same question. But I will ask, where is the strangest place you have had an idea for a story?
Hmmmmm…the strangest place, huh? Well, I guess that would have to be the shower. It’s weird, but a lot of great ideas for books come to me while I’m taking a shower, hahaha!
Now that you have a solo book out, how do you feel? do you think it was easier or harder to do on your own?
At first, I felt weird because I was so used to writing with my mom, but now it’s grown into a surreal feeling. I recently saw the paperback with only my name on it, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. My name was on a freaking book, lol! It definitely brought the largest smile to my face. Annnnd as far as it being either easier or harder to do on my own, I’d say that it was easier to write the book because I could just write and didn’t have to combine my ideas with someone else’s, or divide up the work. On the other hand though, I had to write a book by myself, which was definitely a task, let me tell you. I’m thoroughly glad I wrote One Tiny Secret though, because I learned a lot about myself, and it also seriously helped me hone my craft as a writer.
During football season, I don’t wash my football jersey until the end of the season. It’s my football ritual. Do you have any writing rituals? What about for release day?
I don’t really have any rituals for writing or for release days. I mean, I guess if you count only writing in my office a writing ritual, then that would be one. Oh, and I always have a celebratory dinner with friends and family on our release days. Celebration is very important!
Who is/was your biggest influences for becoming a writer? Famous and non-famous
Well, my parents have always encouraged me to read and write while growing up, and I guess I owe my love of those things to them. As far as famous people that have influenced my life as a writer, I’d say that J.K. Rowling, Gretchen McNeil, Stephen King, R.L. Stine, and Christopher Pike are my author idols!
Are there any doors that you have noticed are open to you now specifically because you are a writer that weren’t there before?
One of the things I ABSOLUTELY love to do is travel, and writing has allowed me the opportunity to travel more. Not only is it allowing me to travel more, but it’s also taking me places I’ve never been before, which is always an added bonus. If it wasn’t for writing I’d probably only go on a vacation every two or three years between projects at Universal.
Is it true that Kate Middleton is carrying your love child?
I plead the fifth!
Are there any secrets about yourself that you would like to share? (I suppose if you tell us, then it won’t be a secret anymore huh?)
I HANDWRITE EVERY FIRST DRAFT FOR A BOOK…(I think that’s awesome because that is how I write my reviews!)
Is there anything that you think your readers would be surprised to know about you?
I HANDWRITE EVERY FIRST DRAFT FOR A BOOK!
Other than writing, what is your dream job?
The one I have now at Universal Studios in the Art and Design department.
Did you have a favorite character in One Tiny Secret?
Dani, I LOVED writing her character. She was fun, spunky, and snarky.
Which character was the most fun to write?
Ooops, I guess I just answered this question up above. Dani!
Which was the most difficult?
I guess that would also have to be Dani, since I wrote the book from her point of view. I really tried to get the female voice down, and it took a LOT of work to make it sound legit. I actually like writing from a girl’s perspective since it offers a challenge that I wouldn’t get from writing from a guy character’s point of view. (I was wondering how you managed to pull that off. And they say women are such a mystery!)
Are there any personality quirks about Dani that we may have not necessarily noticed?
Not really, if you read One Tiny Secret you can pretty much pick up all her quirks. I tried to not be so subtle with her presentation so that people know exactly what kind of character she is. Now, there are things that people might not pick up about her while reading, but that wasn’t done on purpose or anything
If we were to get arrested together (or be on the news together for something), what would it be for?
Drunk and disorderly conduct while running through a Wal-Mart with nothing on but unicorn masks. Hmmmm, that actually sounds like a great scene to put in a book, hahaha! (that does sound like something we would do! And a great scene for a book!)
Do you have any serious pet peeves?
LOUD CHEWING…biggest pet peeve of mine.
Any advice for aspiring authors?
If you have an idea for a story, WRITE IT! Never hesitate to make your dreams come true, and always work hard toward what you want, no matter what anyone tells you. The only one standing in your way of becoming a writer IS YOU! So get out of your way and make things happen!
Authors: J.K. Rowling, Gretchen McNeil, R.L. Stine, Stephen King, Christopher Pike, and oh so many more!
Music: Florence and The Machine, Ellie Goulding, Maroon 5, Aerosmith, No Doubt, The Sounds, The Donnas, and oh so many more!
Movie: Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Pitch Perfect, Jaws, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and oh so many more!
Vacation spot: New York, New York or San Francisco, California. Buuuuut my two dream vacation spots would have to be anywhere in New Zealand or Japan.
Halloween costume: Michael Myers or Freddy Krueger.
Avenger: The Hulk.
Dessert: Anything that includes apples or peanut butter.
This or That:
Vampires or werewolves: Vampires
Beach or mountains: Beach
Cats or dogs: Dogs
Beer, wine, or liquor: Beer (but only craft or microbrew beers, no major labels.)
Paperback or e-reader: Paperback
All About Adam:
Adam Kunz is the A part of the mother and son author duo C.A. Kunz. Growing up, he always had a fondness for R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series. So, it was a no brainer when he decided to write his own novel that it’d be a thrilling mystery with a dash of horror. When he’s not busy writing, Adam enjoys his job at a theme park in Orlando, Florida as a décor consultant. This job brings him face to face with all sorts of nightmarish creatures, especially when he decorates the haunted houses for the park’s annual Halloween event. It’s been said by many that his addiction to Starbucks coffee will most likely be his downfall later in life. If you would like to find out more about this author, C.A. Kunz, or One Tiny Secret, please visit the links below:
Now its Giveaway Time!!!
To celebrate the release of Adam’s debut novel, One Tiny Secret, he has been generous enough to host a super awesome fun Giveaway!
One Tiny Secret Promo Tour Grand Prize Giveaway:
Make sure to visit each blog on the One Tiny Secret Promotion Tour schedule to grab the hidden word or words to crack the code! *Hint: the blogs are in order for a reason.
Once you’ve gathered the puzzle pieces from each blog, and arranged them to complete the hidden phrase, please send your answer directly to firstname.lastname@example.org for an entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway. This giveaway IS international!
One winner will be drawn for the GRAND PRIZE:
1) A signed paperback copy of One Tiny Secret
2) A Hello Kitty Masquerade plush doll
3) A mini pink skull-and-crossbones clutch purse
4) A hand crafted skull-and-crossbones flower pin
5) A One Tiny Secret book charm necklace
6) A hand crafted skull-and-crossbones over the shoulder bag
7) A One Tiny Secret button
8) A purple skull-and-crossbones lanyard with a pink skull-and-crossbones charm attached
9) A pair of black and silver skull-and-crossbones earrings
10) A One Tiny Secret beaded bracelet
11) A One Tiny Secret bookplate
12) A One Tiny Secret glitter framed front cover picture (made by Adam Kunz himself)
13) A $10.00 gift card to Amazon
14) A $10.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble.
Thursday, May 16th – A Reader’s Confession
Friday, May 17th – A Love Affair with Books
Saturday, May 18th – Little Read Riding Hood
–Sunday, May 19th – I read Indie Book Blog
Monday, May 20st – I Love Indie Books Blog
Tuesday, May 21nd – Blog critics
Wednesday, May 22rd – Into the Night Book Reviews