Mitchell S Karnes Interview and Guest Post


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I am so excited to introduce you all to Mitchell S Karnes, author of The Pact. Take a look below to learn more about him!



Mitchell S Karnes was born in Kansas and spent his childhood in Illinois.  He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, Natalie, and five of their seven children, where he serves as the Pastor of Walker Baptist Church.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree and three Master’s degrees.
Mitchell’s first novel, Crossing the Line, made the Southern Writer’s Guild’s “Must Read” list.  His short stories include:  “When Nothing Else Matters,” “A Family Portrait,” and “Grampa Charlie’s Ring.”  He hopes to entertain, challenge, move and teach through each and every story.  The Pact is just the beginning…the first book in a four-part series.

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Mitchell S Karnes

   1.  I have a huge pet peeve against bullying

2.  I am a pastor/teacher/counselor/writer

3.  I taught 8th and 9th grade English in both the private and public schools

4.  I coached back to back middle school wrestling champion teams

5.  I have 7 children (5 by adoption)

6.  I am color-blind

7.  I played Dungeons and Dragons in high school and college

8.  I collect swords and knives

9.  I was super short (second shortest in my class) in middle and high school (had a growth spurt at the end of my sophomore year)

10. I decided to run for Vice President of my senior class on the day of election, and I won with all write-in votes


tlc-logo-resizedBehind the Scenes of The Pact  _ I actually wrote what is now book two first.  A publisher wanted a little more back story to the characters.  What I thought would be a chapter or two ended up becoming a prequel to the intended trilogy.  Now The Pact is the lead book in a four-part story about the adventures in Canaanshade.  I wove a lot of personal events and observations into my tale and the emotional cost was more than I expected.  I now speak at school assemblies about the harms of bullying.

Favorite TV Series – Once Upon a Time and Agents of SHIELD

Chocolate or Vanilla?

After 50 years of eating chocolate and making my own recipe of chocolate chip cookies, I am now allergic to chocolate.  So, I would have to say vanilla.

Favorite Take Out Food

Either Chick-Fil-A or Chinese

Cats or Dogs?

I love both cats and dogs and have each

Best Movie You’ve Watched Recently?

The best movie I watched recently is hands-down The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug (Woo! I agree with that!)

Favorite Holiday?

Christmas – I love our church’s candle-light service

Favorite Color

This is a funny question for my family since I am officially color-blind.  But the color I like, I call Royal-Navy Blue18430283

Celebrity Crush

Jessica Alba or Kate Beckinsale

The theme of The Pact?

No one should ever have to stand alone.  “Be strong and courageous.”

What genre is The Pact?

The Pact leads into a fantasy trilogy, but does not really qualify for fantasy on its own.  So I would call it Young Adult Fiction.

Is this a standalone or part of a series?

As mentioned earlier, The Pact is the first of a four-part story.

What was your favorite scene to write and edit out?

The favorite scene and the hardest to edit out came from the same section.  The gaming sequence when Scott is running the game and I am developing Luke’s loss of control and identity was by far the most challenging and fun to write.  But I went way overboard on the chapter.  I had to toss over half of that chapter.  Also, it was too graphic in its content.

Did any music inspire you while writing The Pact?

I always listen to music to get me in the mood for a book.  The book that follows this one had one specific song from Rachel Lampa, but The Pact needed an emotional sadness and loneliness that I found by listening to Rascal Flatts.


If you could hang out with any character from another book, who would you choose?

If I could hang out with any character from any other book it would be Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.  His integrity inspires me.

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

Best book I’ve read recently is actually a re-read.  Graham Diamond’s The Haven, which inspired me to write.

What is currently in your TBR pile?

My TBR and current working schedule include the next two books.  I am in final rewrites for book two:  The Dragon’s Pawn, and am in the early writing stages of book three:  The Treasure of L’lor Rac Si’weL.


18430283Scott Addison never set out to be a hero. But sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can’t run away from destiny. On the heels of his father’s death, Scott and his mother move from Iowa City, Iowa to the small Southern Illinois town of Meadowbrook. Scott just wanted to blend in…to observe quietly…to be one of the kids. Unfortunately for Scott, his instincts, heart, and integrity took over on his first day at his new middle school. Scott stood up to and faced down three larger boys torturing a wiry little boy named Paul. This simple act of kindness and chivalry put Scott in the midst of the conflict and on the receiving end of the bullies’ antics. Paul introduces Scott to two high school friends who just happen to play Warriors & Thieves, Scott’s favorite role-playing fantasy game. The game and his new friends provide a much needed escape from both his past and his present troubles…at least for a while. But no matter how hard Scott tries to blend in at school, his pet peeve of bullying and his overwhelming sense of right and wrong continue to push him into the limelight, bringing praises from many, but more opposition from the bullies. When the hazing goes too far Scott decides it is time to take a stand…no matter the cost. Of course, sometimes, that’s the price heroes must pay.



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