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Derek Kohlhagen

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Derek Kohlhagen is a writer of speculative fiction, often flavored with a science-fiction spice. He believes that the powerful words, "what if", can become the roots of some of the most interesting, provocative, soul-stirring stories that can be told. He views life through the lens of experimental thought, where fascinating new characters and conflicts can spring into being across an eye-blink.

Derek's short story, Chalk Lines, was selected in 2011 for Downstate Story, a collection of work intended to showcase the talents of previously unpublished authors in central Illinois. He just recently released his first novel, The Footsteps of Cain, the story of a man who must pay the price for a horrible crime across thousands of years.

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Derek Kohlhagen Perseverance. Determination. Having ideas alone doesn't a writer make. Everyone has ideas. And "plans to write" alone don't produce anything. Writing …morePerseverance. Determination. Having ideas alone doesn't a writer make. Everyone has ideas. And "plans to write" alone don't produce anything. Writing is work. It's action. And it's really hard, sometimes. But that's why it's great, just like anything else that's hard to do well. Between the actual creation of the work itself, packaging it and formatting it into whatever version that is chosen, and getting it into the hands of people who might want to read it...it takes a lot of resolve if being an author is really something someone wants to do with the time they get on this planet. But for those who can do it, and accept that one never really stops learning HOW to do it...it's one of the most rewarding things in the world.(less)
Derek Kohlhagen I'm currently focusing on promotional efforts for The Footsteps of Cain, but I do have many ideas in the pipeline. I'm a stay at home dad, so my best …moreI'm currently focusing on promotional efforts for The Footsteps of Cain, but I do have many ideas in the pipeline. I'm a stay at home dad, so my best time to write comes during the regular school year when my daughter is away during the day. (I love her...don't get me wrong.) My plan is to start my second book in the fall of this brand new year of 2017, and with luck have it ready the following summer. I have an idea that I'd like to start exploring now, so I'm ready to dive in when the time comes.(less)
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January 27th, 2020

It's funny, reading my last post (which I'm ashamed to admit I posted too long ago) discussing the difficulty I was having pushing through narrative. "Past-Me" may have been stumbling a tad, but I can happily report that "Present-Me" is holding a fully complete, edited manuscript. It lives, it breathes, and it left its claw marks in me, but I'm damn proud of it.

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Chalk Lines (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Neville and Albert are long-time friends, without condition. One talks a lot, while the other seems content to simply sit and listen, commenting with silence on the ramblings of the other. Their relationship is a reminder of how catharsis can be found in the open ears of a companion, even if only for a little while, and how quickly the things in our lives can be taken from us by our own compulsions. By the end, one of them will be dead; his last words quietly recorded by his only remaining friend in the world. It really is a sharp sting that only the living can grieve for the dead.
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