The Writer's View: K.J. Dahlen

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I have an office but don’t use it. I can’t stand to be locked away from my family when I write. I tried to use the office, I really did, but I felt separated from the kids and grandkids, television and I felt so alone. I found I need the noise and chaos around me to concentrate on my story. My office has become little more than a storage room now. Too bad my husband won’t let me move the file cabinets, desk and printer out in the living room. I’d be totally happy then.

So I have a tray table set up in the living room with my laptop and my coffee within arm’s reach. I can tune out the noise and distractions better if I can hear them. Weird but true. My husband hates the files and notes I have all over my end of the sofa but that’s where I need them to be. From my chair I can go anywhere in this world or the next I chose to go.

I love to write suspense with a twist. From my chair I can dream big dreams and go places I never dreamed of going. There are times when I have to leave my chair and I hate when that happens but being a wife and mother and grandmother it does happen. There is clutter and chaos in my corner of the world but that’s the way I love it. There is a method to my madness. I get so wrapped up in my WIP I tend to forget I have a real life. My husband is there to remind me I have a life outside the books I write and I love him dearly for that, most of the time…

Blood Memories and many more books came to be in that corner and I hope many more will be born there. Blood Memories is one of the many books I got the idea for while I was writing another book. I worked out the outline then put it away for a while. So far I have 20 books under contract and I’m working on several more. I have about 10 that only need a little more work to be done and I have about three dozen books outlined.

My corner of the world may not seem like much to anyone else but I love it.

About the Author:
Kim lives in a small town (population495) in Wisconsin. From her deck she can see the Mississippi River on one side and the bluffs, where eagles live and nest on the other side. She lives with her husband Dave and dog Sammy. Her two children are grown and she has two grandchildren. She loves to watch people and that has helped her with her writing. She loves to create characters and put them in a troubling situation then sit back and let them do all the work. Her characters surprise even her at times. At some point in the book they take on a life of their own and the twists and turns become the story. Of all the stories she could write she found she liked mystery/thrillers the best. She likes to keep her readers guessing until the very end of the book.

Find Kim online at

Web site: KJDahlen
I am on facebook and twitter as kjdahlen
My blog is on facebook at K.J.’s blog

When an accident turns out to be not an accident but murder Savannah must solve a double murder that happened over twenty years ago to find the truth. She was the only witness to her parent’s murder and now their killer is after her. She puts her trust into a man her aunt has known and all these years but evidence soon points to him being involved with the man she thinks killed her parents. Will she prove him innocent or fall prey to his intent? Her life and over two million dollars in diamonds is at stake.


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Ingeborg said…
I enjoyed reading about your living room
MomJane said…
I loved reading how you write with so many distractions. I could never accomplish anything with that many things going on.
marybelle said…
I get so easily distracted. I need quiet to think & get things accomplished & I don't write. Interesting how different things work for folks.