Tampa, Fla. – (November 10, 2015) – Author Chris Kuhn took to her Twitter and Facebook pages November 4 to announce via her blog the official release of her new book. After establishing a voice in the contemporary romance genre in 2013 with her debut novel THE MUSE UNLOCKED, the Tampa Bay area-based freelance writer/editor and author turned creative attention away from its sequel to create OUR SEASONS, a thematic literary collection of short stories and poetry, with each short story set in a different Florida community. Kuhn admits her latest book is a huge departure from her previous work.
“This book was like a bridge for me between finishing my first book and the expectation to write the rest of the story,” she says. “Writing my first book opened up so many places inside of me emotionally and though I knew I had readers waiting for part two of my first book, my heart was somewhere else. I wanted to chronicle a lifetime, all of the seasons we experience including those fears and transitions we anticipate down the road.”
For OUR SEASONS, the author structured the book like a year in the life with four seasonal sections with each featuring a short story at the start set within that time of year and populated with characters, moods and settings distinctly independent of the book’s other stories, followed by 13 poems. She is most excited about the book’s celebration of public art which weaves throughout each short story, inspired by a particular work of art which she researched and visited during the writing process. Kuhn says spending time onsite enhanced the writing process and hopes it will have a similar impact on the reading experience.
“I visited the communities highlighted to experience the public art that I feature as well as its surroundings, because I wanted to transport readers so they too could feel immersed in the art and its home as much as possible,” she says. “I hope the stories inspire them to hop in the car and take a drive to one or two of these spots to experience it in person.”
Kuhn is a self-published author, having published both books through Amazon.com and its CreateSpace publishing arm. Though she sells her titles primarily online in paperback and Kindle formats, the author has publicly made it her mission to team up with locally-owned independent bookstores and has already partnered with stores in two of the markets featured within her latest book’s short stories. Both My Favorite Books in Tallahassee, Fla. and The Sandman Book Company in Punta Gorda, Fla., carry signed copies of Kuhn’s first book and will stock her latest, as well. The author says she continues to reach out to other indie bookstores in an effort to support local businesses and to provide an alternative for readers who prefer to buy local in their communities. This can be surprisingly challenging as a self-published writer, says Kuhn.
“I understand that some bookstores may look at a self-published author with some trepidation, not knowing their credibility or level of talent, and given their decision to publish through a competing sales channel, view them as sleeping with the enemy, figuratively speaking,” she says. “That shelf space is very valuable, there’s no doubt. But when authors can demonstrate they are committed to teaming up and actively promoting that relationship, and that there is genuine interest and value in their work, great partnerships can be born where everybody wins — the stores, the authors and the readers.”
She will be joining authors V.L. Brunskill and Deborah A. Allen Saturday, Nov. 21 at My Favorite Books in Tallahassee for a multi-author book signing with Kuhn on hand to meet readers and sign copies of her latest book from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Over the next few months, Kuhn says she will be posting bonus book material online for readers at her website (chriskuhnauthor.com) including interviews with some of the artists whose work is featured within the book’s short stories. “I look forward to sharing the inspiration behind the art and the stories behind the stories,” she says.
About Chris Kuhn
As a writer, editor and blogger, Chris has been sharing her words through articles, essays, blogs, poetry and other content online and in print for nearly 10 years. She has appeared in the Tampa Tribune, 83 Degrees Media and Destination Tampa Bay, as well as national magazines such as Skirt! and American City. She is the community writer and editor for the calendar and neighborhood sections of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. She has also taken part in Southwest Florida area events as a guest speaker, including Women in Networking’s annual WIN Symposium and as an author panelist discussing female lead characters in contemporary literature hosted by the Sarasota Public Library.
In summer of 2013, she added published author to her list of achievements with the debut of her first novel THE MUSE UNLOCKED, a contemporary romance. In November 2015, she released her second book OUR SEASONS, a thematic collection of short stories and poetry. Chris lives in the suburbs of Tampa Bay, where she is currently working on her third book, THE MUSE UNGUARDED, the sequel to her first book. For more information about the author and her titles, go to chriskuhnauthor.com.
For Additional Information
Chris Kuhn, 813-760-6164, firstname.lastname@example.org