The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Thank you to LG Castillo for including me in the The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, with her new adult paranormal romance LASH due out on May 6th, 2013!

As part of the blog hop, authors connect to each other’s blog and while doing so, we post the answers to TEN questions about our upcoming novel.  Dustland, due out later this year, is the focus today:

1: What is the working title of your book?

Dustland.  I wanted something much simpler than my last novel, “A Cold Black Wave”.  A central element to the story is gold, which was commonly referred to as “dust” back in the day…hence, the title!

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

I have two daughters.  I wanted to write a “western” that didn’t involve a bearded loner gunning down thieves on a dusty street, so I envisioned two women taking the place of such a character, and what would their experience be like?  Also, being from California, the early years of the gold rush seemed like the perfect setting for the story.  Thousands of greedy prospectors flooding into a state recently taken from Mexico, where law is non-existent and it’s every man for himself?  Could be some drama in there somewheres

3: What genre does your book come under?

Historical Fiction.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Mia Wasikowska as Samantha Stanton, Elizabeth Moss as Judy Stanton, Daniel Day Lewis as William Christensen and Bill Moseley as Arcane Wilcox.

English: Actor Daniel Day-Lewis in New York on...

Daniel Day-Lewis

English: Mia Wasikowska at the Independent Spi...

Mia Wasikowska

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Two sisters track their father’s killer into the gold fields of California in 1849, as the country lurches towards civil war over the newly acquired territories from Mexico.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

American actor Bill Moseley. Taken at the 2007...

American actor Bill Moseley

Self-published! (Then a 6 figure deal with a major publisher, movie rights, and lots of free swag for being awesome).

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It’s about 75% complete, but in the end it’ll have taken me about 6 months writing (very) part-time.  Much faster than the 18 months it took to write my first novel though!

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I hate to make comparisons.  Not that any of my stories won’t draw comparisons (good and bad), or that I wouldn’t want to be compared to the greats…I’ll just let that be determined by the reader!

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I love history, and I grew up in the Central Valley of California and was able to go through and visit a lot of the old gold mining buildings and towns.  I wanted a “western”, but not set in the typical time period (post Civil War) or the typical setting (life on the trail, or good guy/bad guy in a frontier town).  The California Gold Rush provided such a setting.  Gold “dust” became the dramatic catalyst in the story, and ultimately brings all of the character’s together in violent fashion.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Dustland explores a period in American history that defined California, and the country.  Many hours of research went into the details of the story to bring this time period to life, but more importantly, this is about the characters that inhabit this world and the motivations that drive them.

Please visit author K.L. Kerr’s webpage at and thanks for visitin’!

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