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My name is David Kummer. I’m a young writer who leans towards horror, mystery, dystopian, and young adult fiction. I live in Madison, Indiana, a small town on the Ohio River, with lots of history and settings around here that influence my books. You can see tons about my hometown in my novel, EVERYTHING, SOMEWHERE.
I always answer whenever readers email me, so reach out or check out my blog at https://davidkummer.com. I’ve got a handful of books for you to choose from, all of them inexpensive. Reviews and shares are super appreciated.
You may have read some great authors before and some fascinating books, but you’ve never had an experience like this. Try something and let me convince you.
Q: What book do you think everyone should read?
As I read more and more books, the one I recommend is always changing. I’ll have one for a few months that I love and want everyone to hear about, and then I find a new one that’s just as amazing. For the last few weeks, I’ve been really high on the book “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. It’s constantly on the top charts, so likely some of you have already read it, but for everyone who hasn’t, I highly recommend!
I will admit the book is tough at first. There’s lots of long, beautiful descriptions, and the plot is slow at first, but once you get in deep it grabs you by the throat. Those beautiful descriptions that are laborious at first become key to understanding the book and its plot. Reading it made me feel more connected with nature than I ever had before in my life, even though I’ve never visited the place it occurs. The characters are just as captivating, and you really become invested in Kya (the main character) and how her life turns out. One of the best books I’ve read, so definitely check it out!
Q: If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
For this answer, I could easily have said “Where the Crawdads Sing” again, but instead I’ll go with the book that I became obsessed with two years ago. I’ve written about it extensively on my blog, because I have some really weird/cool stories to go along with the book review, but “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters is wildly good! It’s the kind of book I wish I could have written.
While the book is a thriller and a mystery, the beautiful writing takes it from being great to legendary. The plot itself is slow-burning and unnerving, one of the most memorable. There are hints of love and of ghosts, the struggle of grief. It’s all put together perfectly and sticks to your skin even after you’re finished. The last page is, I think, the best closing I’ve ever read, as haunting as the whole book that preceded it. There’s even a movie, if you’re into that sort of thing! So, yeah, this was kinda just another book recommendation. You’ll thank me later.
Q: What is your writing Kryptonite?
My greatest difficulty writing is that I get so caught up in my characters’ heads. This is a good thing in one sense, because it allows me to fully realize their motives and actions. However, it makes description tricky because I have to keep in mind the world outside of my characters, how the setting relates and reacts to them. That’s one of the hardest parts about writing, especially for me, and it takes vigilance to keep in mind the world beyond my characters’ view. With each book I write, I do a better job, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a struggle!
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Everything, Somewhere by David Kummer ~ Genre: Contemporary YA Fiction
The power of memories.
Little Rush is a sleepy town on the Ohio River. Bruce Michaels is a renowned Hollywood actor. The two should never cross paths, yet one summer everything changes. The actor, haunted by demons, chasing a ghost. The town, unaware. Until the two collide.
Hudson, Willow, and Mason are high school seniors with very different upbringings, but all on the verge of adulthood. As the sun sets on their final summer, questions abound. Will they ever leave the town? Is there a future here? As their plans waver, time is running out.
The struggle of mental illness.
As he loses his friends and sinks deeper into depression, Hudson forms an unlikely bond with the actor, Bruce Michaels. But the old man is a ticking time bomb. As Hudson relies on him more, the danger to them both grows.
When dark secrets are revealed, Hudson must confront the truth about his idol and himself. Bruce Michaels isn’t who he seems. Hudson is nearly lost. And in the end, they may be more similar than different.
The search for meaning.
Different paths, converging in a web of alcohol, fights, and romance. Worlds collide one summer in Anywhere, USA. The question is who will make it through.