Welcome to TRB Lounge. Today we’re hosting K.M. Aul, author of Synesthesia, for an interview.
About the author:
KM Aul is the Best-Selling author of the Senses Novels series of books.
KM Aul started writing fiction at the age of six and hasn’t put the pen down since. KM’s writing consists of short stories, novellas, and even a published game. His first full-length novel, AURA was put into written form in 1988 and has undergone multiple revisions until finally published in 2015.
KM Aul’s personal life consists of his much younger bride, youngest daughter, a three-legged dog and pursuing his relationship with God. When not writing, his passion is for feeding the hungry by donating to his local food pantry. Mr. Aul spent time in Europe, Mexico, Canada and Asia and through it all, discovered that there is no country on earth more beautiful than the United States of America. Having travelled across our fair country multiple times, and meeting people from every walk of life and every circumstance, KM has found that there are lessons to be learned everywhere. The most important of these are, no matter your race, religion or country of origin, every life matters and everything you do in life has meaning.
KM currently lives on a small private lake in the beautiful state of Georgia.
Hello, K.M. Aul. Thank you for being here today.
Can you please tell my readers a little bit about yourself?
I was born on the south side of Chicago. My family began a nomadic/American life when I was eight months old as my father was with the aerospace industry. I’ve lived in or visited all 48 contiguous states. At the age of 17, I met the woman who I would one day marry. We have, over the course of our 43-year marriage had three children, adopted three more and fostered another 24; I became a born again Christian in 1988. At this time, I live in the beautiful state of Georgia on a quiet, private lake with my wife and youngest daughter.
Please tell us about your book?
Synesthesia is the fourth book in the Senses Novels series but can be read as a stand-alone novel. It picks up on the life of Lazarus after he has been raised from the dead. Instead of living out a normal lifespan, Lazarus has been given an extended, almost immortal, new life. This installment in the series traces his new life through to the time where he, and others, are preparing to battle mankind’s greatest enemy.3. How long did it take you to write it?
How long did it take you to write it?
Because of the extensive research involved, it took me just over a year to write Synesthesia.
Why did you choose this topic?
There is very little known about Lazarus after his brief mention in scripture. Several locations claim to be his burial place, but there is no definitive proof. Lazarus is the only person raised from the dead by Jesus where there was no physical contact. There is a lot of mystery surrounding the man.
Which writers in your field inspire you?
Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker are two of the authors that inspire me. While he wasn’t at all a Christian author, H.P. Lovecraft has also influenced my writing style.
What inspired you to write?
I think Robert A. Heinlein put it best, “Writing is a disease, you don’t choose it, it chooses you.” My stories, and especially AURA, the first book in the series, percolate out of me and have, ever since I can remember.
Are you working on any other project(s) right now? If yes, what are they?
Yes, I am currently working on book five of the series. This is the most challenging book yet as I have already covered the five senses we all know. What does that leave?
How do you prefer to write? On computer/laptop, typewriter, dictation or longhand with a pen?
I do all my writing directly on the computer, without an outline.
What are your 5 favorite books and 5 favorite authors?
- The Bible – Multiple authors (inspired by God)
- Dune – Frank Herbert
- Alas Babylon – Pat Frank
- The Ringworld series – Larry Niven
- The Art of War – Sun Tzu
Non-Fiction deals with a lot of facts and real-life study. How do you deal with the all research work?
I don’t do a lot of non-fiction writing, but the fiction I write almost always has its basis in fact. I do all my research using both online and physical documentary sources. Most of the research is kept in note format and by date. I have also made numerous contacts over the years and have an extensive network of people from all fields that I can call on for factual data as well as fact-checking of any data I may wish to use.
What advice would you give to new aspiring authors in your genre?
Never believe the nay-sayers! You will face hardship and rejection from publishers, readers, and even your own family at times. Do not give up, ever. If the writing is in you, then you need to let it out. The world wants to hear your story; it just doesn’t know it yet.
Thank you, K.M., for all your interesting as well as deeply insightful answers!
About The Book:
The Best Selling Christian Fiction/Fantasy Series Continues!
Time has run out. The world as we know it is coming to an end and a handful of heroes are all that stand in the way of the final darkness.
Born in an age of brutality and miracles, Eli was raised from the dead to start a new life unlike any other. His touch can heal; his pain can destroy. He has not only seen the rise and fall of civilizations, his power has been the cause of them. Prepare yourself for an adventure through time, prepare to face the greatest challenge humankind has ever known.
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