Kjelden Cundiff was born in the small city of Sioux Falls, SD. He lived there until moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1992. He studied under Robert Cawley at the College of Southern Nevada while honing his voice as a writer and placed his first screenplay, "Jensen's Hardware" in the top 10 of the prestigious Nevada Screenwriter's Contest. He is currently working on a series of novels that are set in South Dakota. The first in the series is The Cold November Son, a heartwrenching coming of age story with characters that leap off the page. For more information or to contact the author please visit him on facebook.
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in
Describe your book ‘The Cold November Son’ in 30 words or less.
The tale of a teenage boy who receives a shotgun for his fourteenth birthday and is soon forced to explore the boundaries of love and mercy.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing the book for me was the
final rewrite. I am a perfectionist so the temptation to keep
tweaking the book was a challenge for me. Eventually it reached the
point where I was satisfied with the way the story was laid out for the
reader. I wanted it to be a page turner and based on the feedback
and reviews I believe I succeeded.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
The books that influenced me the most were those from my childhood. I think I read every book in the Hardy Boys and Doc Savage series as well as every book written by Judy Bloom. Although I love writing fiction I love reading True Crime and Biographical and historical books.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
My marketing campaign has been mostly Internet based. Internet sites such as www.freado.com are great in reaching new audiences. I have started writing a blog to help gain exposure and I have also recently begun writing for the examiner.com as the Saint Petersburg Florida Culture and Society Writer. The challenge has been reaching the audience that I know will enjoy the book and finding an agent. The good news is that the book has steadily increased in sales and watching it gain momentum is exciting. I have also done book signings at retailers and hope to participate in more in the near future. Meeting the readers is very rewarding!
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
I love to
spend time with my family. We are fortunate to live minutes from
What are you working on next?
I have two novels that I am working on right
now. One is a book that has characters that overlap The Cold
November Son. It is titled “The Cold Dark Highway” and is a
thriller. I also have a Novel titled “Where the River Bends” set in
the middle of the nineteenth century in
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