K.D. Emerson is one of the busiest people we know and still seems to find time to be an awesome freind (love you Kimmy!) Okay, we know, but it’s true!
Not only is she an author, but she also runs Master Koda, an online, full service publishing and book promoting firm. We highly recommend you check her website out at http://www.masterkoda.com. As K. R. and I like to point out, she IS an author’s BEST friend! Well, let’s jump right in. Take it away, K.D. Emerson! (Koda Kazoo’s for everyone!)
Author Bio: Author, KD Emerson was born (or is that hatched) several years ago. We won’t go into how long it has been because she has this fantasy that she is still a teenager off to conquer the world. She has a passion for the written word and assisting other writers in becoming the best they can be. She also loves to promote others and cheer them on to victory. Follow her on twitter @MstrKoda or you can find her at http://www.masterkoda.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kimmutch.emerson
Her newest release, Digitus 233, is out now!! This book is the first in the Digitus series and we simply loved it! You can get your copy today, links are below. So, we asked Kim to share something with us that you don’t normally hear about from another author; who are their favorite authors and books.
Kim’s Ten Favorite Young Adult Authors
I have taken a slightly different path with this one because I know so many authors personally and couldn’t pick just ten out of that list, so I have picked ten favorites that I do not know personally and in this way I will avoid hurting anyone’s feelings.
As I started my list I found that most of the books are stories that cause a person to stop and reflect, stories that change a person, make a person better in some way. I prefer books that have an impact on the world; they fit into all kinds of genre’s (fantasy, action, coming of age, etc), but they speak of the courage and strength of the human spirit. While they are all entertaining they do something more – they leave the reader a better person in the end for having read them.
Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls – (Family Saga) This book speaks of love and loss and the healing from loss. It was the first book anyone ever read aloud to me. I was five. It was during the reading of this book that I had a realization that I was destined to become a writer. This book changed everything about my path on earth.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak – (Historical Fiction) A girl caught in the middle of war-torn Berlin during the second world war. It speaks of how we, even as small and insignificant we may feel, can make a difference in someone’s life.
The Hobbit – J.R. Tolkien – (Fantasy) I love a fantasy world and love a story where good prevails against evil.
Whale Song – or anything by Chris Crutcher – (Coming of Age/Family Saga) his works are about young people who come up against hardships and abuse and how they overcome it.
Hatchet – Gary Paulson – (Adventure) a boy finds himself stranded in the wilderness and survives by his will power and his “never give up” attitude.
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card – (sci-fi) Young Ender is selected into the soldier’s camp and trains for a space invasion. He battles loneliness, fear, rejection and self-doubt in a science fiction backdrop.
Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson (Coming of Age/ True Friends) The story of two friends who create a world for themselves outside of the bullying of their school. It deals with death/grief and healing.
I Am the Cheese – Robert Cormier (Psychological Thriller) The first time I read this book it punched me in the gut. Stirring, disturbing, but I feel I am a better person for having read it.
The Hiding Place – Corrie ten Boom (True Story/Memoir) Although this is not a book written for young adults I feel it is a book that should be read by every young adult. The story of the ten Boom family who were captured in WWII and placed in concentration camps for helping Jewish neighbors and friends to escape. It is a life changing book of love and forgiveness.
Homecoming – or anything from Cynthia Voight (Family Saga) The story of four children left abandoned and how the oldest, thirteen year old Dicey Tellerman, faces the fear and pulls them together. A story of courage and strength.
If you’ve read to this point you will see that I want to believe in the adage that good will prevail. Most of the books listed deal with darkness and hardships, in some of them there is no happy ending, but in most of them somewhere there is hope and strength. In my own novel, Digitus 233 there is darkness and hate, bondage and slavery, and yet there is also laughter, loyalty, and hope of something better. My desire is that a spark will ignite for my readers and they will open their eyes to freedom and what it takes to find the freedom from the things that hold them captive.
May you all live your dreams and in living your dreams you will have happiness – K. D. Emerson, author of Digitus 233, the first in the Digitus Series
And finally, where can people find you and your book online?