24 Feb 2015

Interview with D.K. Amsden, author of “A Kidnapping Gone Wrong”

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“A Kidnapping Gone Wrong” by D.K. Amsden is a great mystery story with a interesting teenage investigator.
Strong, handsome, bright and with a Siberian Husky by his side, Danny Berry is a hero that will appeal to many readers. The story unravels the mystery behind the disappearance of another teenager, called Sarah McCoy.
The book uses great settings – woodlands in Minnesota, some excellent characters and has all the ingredients for a popular series. Looking forward to the next book.

Crow County Sheriff’s Department had their hands full trying to solve the quickly growing cold, missing person case of seventeen-year-old Sarah McCoy. Sarah’s parents, Doctor Larry and Caroline McCoy, were convinced that Sarah had been kidnapped, but there was no evidence to support their suspicion.

The sheriff’s department was out of ideas except one –getting the best tracker in the area to search the isolated woods in northern Minnesota. That tracker was none other than sixteen-year-old Danny Berry and his Siberian Husky Teddy Mae.

Interview with DK Amsden:

How did you come to writing?

When my family moved to northern Dan's Profile TXMinnesota in 1957 I got lost in the woods. I said if I ever found my way out, I would write about being scared.

How did you come up with your stories?  

Growing up in northern Minnesota was all it took.

Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?  

My granddaughter Kena would play Mary Beth – Amber Marshall from “Heartland” would play Pam – Lou Diamond Phillips would play Sheriff Billy Ray -Ashton Kutcher would play Danny Berry 

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?  

Danny Berry is based on a lot of the things that I did growing up.

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?  

The idea just comes to me, and then I write the first chapter and let it sit. Then one day I will write the last chapter. The rest just comes to me as I write.

What is your main reason for writing?  

I’m a story teller, I like sharing my stories, so what better way.

I‘ve only read one of the books so far. What is the idea behind your series?

A young boy wanting to punish anyone who violated the state he loved so much or the people in it.  

I grew up seeing my friends bullied, to this day; I stand up for human or animal alike. I use to watched vacationers come to Minnesota, and they thought it was funny to skin the bark off of a Birch tree. If my father caught you, he would skin your tires off of your car.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?  

Giving people enjoyment   —   I don’t see anything as being bad.

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?  

Writing is the easy part for me, mostly because I had already written twelve full length novels before publishing, so the marketing gets about 75% of my time.

What do you do when you don’t write?  

My head never stops thinking. But I love my grandchildren, so I try to spend time with them.

Tell us one odd thing about you and one really mundane thing.  

I like to help people, but I don’t want others knowing that I did.  

I eat oatmeal every morning.

What else would you like us to know about yourself and your books?  

I’m a very private person   —   My books come from my heart, every book has a little about me.

Who are your editors and how do you quality control your books?  

Elizabeth Hunt, Arlene O’Neil, Debra Shiveley Welch and Kim Mutch Emerson.  —  Kim Mutch Emerson is a stickler on quality control. I have to give her all the credit.

What do you like best about writing?  

I’m in my own little world.

What is your advice to new writers?  

Never give up.

What is your favourite book?  

The Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille.

What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?  

Loyalty   —   Don’t cross me, you only get one chance. 

Tell us about your other books?  

My new series coming out this spring is based in Minnesota starting in 2014. The story is about a hit woman that falls in love with a younger man.

What song would you pick to go with your book?  

That’s a tough one. I guess I would have to go with Forever Young by Rod Stewart

How do you handle criticism of your work?  

I don’t even think about it.

Connect with D.K Amsden

Web site:   www.dkamsden.com

Amazon:   http://amzn.to/1IKHrJ9

Facebook: www.facebook.com/danielkencadeamsden

Twitter:     @dkamsden

Publisher:  www.masterkodaselectpublishing.com

written by
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

2 Responses to “Interview with D.K. Amsden, author of “A Kidnapping Gone Wrong””

  1. P.C. Zick says:

    Lovely interview!


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