The trailblazing mother and son writing duo Carol and Adam Kunz, together known as C.A. Kunz, are storytellers extraordinaire and world class ass kickers. And let me toss in they are more jolting than a keg of energy drinks. Like bada bing, bada bang, thump-a-friggin’- thump. These talented scribes pound ya heart, steal your breath, and tip ya like a tilt-a-whirl on steroids. Yep, ya read that correctly, cookie cakes. On. Steroids. The Kunz twosome pen tomes not for the meek, weak or lackluster. They are the cure for adrenaline junkies and also the bane of their existence by not churning out more mouthwatering tales. Hint!
Carol and Adam Kunz systematically changed my view with the ho-hum-it-is friggin-everywhere-and badly-written dystopian genre. Marie Lu and Kunz are my enablers. And yes, I’d send my minions down a dark alley to supply me my fix. Hold up! Really? Did ya think Morasco would venture? Ah, no! And if you even entertained such a notion…Google my ass and flip through my history at the awesome Blogcritics. I am so not that kinda chick. Vampire, werehound, zombie, dystopian, and all of that we-have-no-talent-so-let’s- jump-on-the-bandwagon lazy ass book churning is old, lazy, and so done it is beyond charred. Like totally. And here come the Kunz dynamos schooling everyone on how it’s done. Like whoa!
This pair infuses their novels with exhilarating, non-sugary to the point of nausea romance, and action-packed scenes that kick your ass. Honey buns, the Kunz team put explosives in your caboose. And I am the kinda woman that likes that kinda action. Wink! Have mercy!
Ready for adventure with the amazing Adam and Carol Kunz?
Buckle up! Enjoy!
Please share how you came up with the concept for your Childe series?
Carol and Adam: The concept was actually born from a single line Adam wrote down on a sheet of paper as an assignment for his creative writing class during his senior year in high school. Years later he found that piece of paper while rummaging through a box of school stuff his mom had kept, and proceeded to draw up an outline after chatting with Carol about working on a novel together.
When you’re deeply connected and immersed in a book, have you ever had a dream that you felt was not your dream? Do your characters dream within you?
Carol: No, I don’t have that experience, I wish I did.
Adam: All the time. Actually several scenes I wrote for The Childe, Dark Days, and The Modified came to me in dreams.
Have you had a dream that was one of your characters?
Carol: No, but if I wrote about some of my dreams people would think I’m crazy.
Adam: Yes. Especially for The Modified and my new project One Tiny Secret. I’ve found myself dreaming as both main characters since both books are told in first person present tense.
What do you love most about the paranormal genre?
Carol: I love ghosts. I’ve actually seen several in my lifetime, starting at the age of eight. Also, I’ve always been in love with vampires, werewolves, and the list would go on.
Adam: I’m an escapist reader and I find that the paranormal genre on a whole gives me that escape I crave in books, movies, and television. Also, a lot of paranormal books are based in reality and not another world (unlike fantasy novels), so it allows me to connect with the material more. I love books that are like that, grounded in reality with a touch of paranormal. It also probably helps that I love all the beings that are associated with the genre.
What do you love most about the fantasy genre?
Carol: That anything is possible. There’s no right or wrong way to make-up creatures or worlds, and everything seems believable.
Adam: I pretty much love the fantasy genre for the exact opposite reason I love the paranormal genre. Most fantasy novels take you to other worlds, and that’s what I like about them. I find I can’t connect with them as much as the paranormal novels I tend to read since a lot of fantasy novels are not grounded in reality. I do love getting lost in new worlds filled with magical creatures though.
Please share the titles of three paranormal on your nightstand?
Carol: There are so many titles on my Kindle (which is on my nightstand), but the first three are:
1) The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto
2) Wolfspell by M.R. Polish
3) Dirty Blood by Heather Hildebrand
Adam: 1) Vamped by Lucienne Diver
2) Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
3) Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
Please share the titles of three fantasy novels on your nightstand?
Carol: Again, these titles are on my Kindle:
1) Dragon Academy by Diane Nelson
2) The First Dragoneer by M.R. Mathias
3) Chael’s Luck by Mirelle Chester
Adam: 1) Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
2) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
3) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Who are some of your favorite paranormal writers?
Carol: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michelle Muto, and Lynsay Sands.
Adam: Darren Shan, R.L. Stine, Stephen King, and Anne Rice.
How do you find balance?
Carol: These last two years have been hard. My parents and my husband have had several health issues, we moved into a new house, and we lost a beloved four-legged family member. I also live with chronic pain and use bio feedback to control it. To find a balance I have started taking our yellow lab for walks, several times a day. It rejuvenates me and enables to complete the tasks that I need to do.
Adam: Balance? What’s that? In all honesty though, I keep myself organized so I don’t get confused easily, exercise regularly to clear my head, I use the time I have between my day job and my author job (night job) to write (like a set time limit, since I work great under pressure and with deadlines), and always try to make time for fun activities with family and friends since they keep me sane.
What makes you laugh?
Carol: Our awesome dogs: A yellow lab named Wheezer and a black lab named Bailey.
Adam: A lot of things. I’m quite the laugher, and will laugh at most things even if other people don’t find them funny. Laughter is the best medicine after all, hahaha!
What scares you?
Carol: I used to be scared of so many things until I broke my neck and then died on the operating table. Now I’m not scared of anything.
Adam: Swimming in the ocean, elevators (have been stuck in too many to count) and other cramped spaces, and heights.
What did you learn about yourself while penning The Childe?
Carol: I realized that I love writing as much as I love reading.
Adam: I realized that I have A LOT of ideas in me for future stories. Oh, and that writing books is very addictive.
What challenges did you endure while penning The Modified?
Carol: I had to take care of my parents for almost two months, so it was hard to write and support Adam who was a trooper and carried on when I couldn’t.
Adam: Writing more than half a novel by myself, since Mom and I usually share the writing equally. She was going through a lot tough stuff though, so I didn’t mind taking on a little extra to get the book out on time. Oh, and putting in the time to research all the futuristic technology that’s included within the novel.
What did you learn about yourself while inking Dark Days?
Carol: I learned that I’m not as good at juggling so many things at once.
Adam: It was while writing Dark Days that I realized I can write a pretty kick butt action sequence (in my opinion of course, though I have received that compliment from many readers hahaha!)
What fears were you facing with the release of The Modified?
Carol: I had no fears, I so love the story.
Adam: That no one would like Kenley Grayson, our main character. The book is told through her eyes, and I was afraid readers wouldn’t connect with her. Also, I was worried that the technology would go over reader’s heads, but thankfully both of these fears were squashed when I began reading reviews.
What are you most ambivalent about when you sit down to write?
Carol: Whether Adam will like the chapters I write. We start with a complete outline and he takes two chapters and then I take the next two, until we’re finished.
Adam: Whether Mom will like the chapters I write.
What do you want your readers to walk away with after reading your books?
Carol & Adam: We want them to walk away fully entertained by our stories. We love writing easy reads that you can just immerse yourself in for a short while, and just have fun reading. We also hope that our readers might see themselves in at least one of our characters (main or secondary) so that there may be a possible deeper connection to the material.
If you were able to go on a haunted hayride with whomever you want (past or present), who do you pick and what are you talking about?
Carol: Stephen King and we would discuss his awesome imagination.
Adam: R.L. Stine and we wouldn’t be talking about anything. Actually, I’d want him to narrate the entire haunted hayride, hahaha! I’ve met him in person and he’s quite the dry humored, sarcastic, and awesome fellow.
Thank you so very much, Adam. Thank you so much, Carol.
Carol & Adam: It was our pleasure, and we’re so happy you asked us to participate in this wonderful interview. Your questions were so much fun to answer!