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Dual Author Interview for Warped Remains!

Warped Remains by David Jemal and Kara Leigh Miller


Book Title: Warped Remains

Genre: Young Adult Christian thriller

Content Warnings: Mild violence

Word / Page Count: 63,000 / 135 pages

Author(s): David Jemal & Kara Leigh Miller

Publisher: Anaiah Press, LLC (

Release Date: January 21, 2020

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Blurb: Emily Sheffield’s parents are the worst. Okay, maybe Emily has been erratic and her behavior a little reckless lately, but shipping her off to live with her grandparents in Alaska is so much worse than she deserves. At least she gets to spend her layover with the cute boy on the same flight. If she has to leave everything and everyone she knows, she might as well make some new–and cute–friends, right?

For Aiden Cohen, life in Alaska is perfect—good grades, great friends, an awesome church, and work he loves. There’s just one thing missing: his mom. Desperate to know her, Aiden sets out to find the woman who abandoned him at birth. But a disastrous first meeting with his birth mom, leaves Aiden stunned and ready to go back to his ordinary life in Alaska. And with fate finding Aiden and Emily on the same flight, he couldn’t be happier. If only he can convince her that God is real, everything would be perfect.

Everything seems to be going well—until a confusion on the runaway prevents the plane from landing. Circling the runway should have been simple, but when the plane hits a bad patch of turbulence, throwing it off-course, the pilots lose control.  The plane crashes, leaving Emily, Aiden, and two dozen other passengers stranded on a creepy island. Surviving and hoping for rescue are their primary goals, but the least of their troubles. They aren’t the only ones on the island, and it’s now a race against time for someone to find them before the island’s inhabitants do. But there are people willing to do anything to keep the island’s true purpose a secret—even if it means sacrificing the lives of the survivors.

Author Bio(s):

David Jemal: After graduating college with a major he created in finance and culture, he jumped into the world of sales and thus began crisscrossing North America. When he’s not selling people stuff, he’s busy writing new stories.

Kara Leigh Miller: Kara is a full-time wife; stay-at-home mom to 5 kids, 4 pit bulls, and 6 cats; writer, and the Editorial Director at Anaiah Press. She’s previously published two adult Christian romantic suspense books. Warped Remains is her first young adult book, but it won’t be her last.

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Read Chapter One Here:

Excerpt #1: (498 words, Chapter 3)

Emily Sheffield…

“Attention, folks.” The pilot’s voice fills the cabin. “There’s some congestion on the runway, so we’re going to circle around a few times to allow ground crews to get things cleared up. Please be patient, and we’ll land as soon as possible.”

Whoa. I really slept the entire flight? That never happens. I stretch my arms over my head and arch my back, trying to work out the kinks. I yawn again. “Are we in Anchorage already?” I ask the elderly man seated beside me.

He nods. “There’s a herd of moose on the runway.”

“Seriously?” I laugh. Only in Alaska. I settle back in my seat, hoping it won’t take too long to land. I need to get on solid land again, and a small thrill of excitement shoots up my spine at the thought of seeing grandma and grandpa. Without Erik around, I’ll be the one they spoil. Not to mention, I really want to talk to Aiden again.

Thirty minutes pass, and then an hour, and we’re still circling the airport. My stomach rumbles, and I swallow hard. My throat is dry and scratchy, and my temples throb with an impending headache. I really need to get oft this stupid plane. I take a drink and the warm liquid turns my stomach.

What I really want to do is go back to sleep, but that’s not going to happen, so I turn on the small television and flip through the channels. I settle on a bad 80s high school drama. The acting is horrible, and the special effects are even worse. I settle into my seat, the ache in my head getting worse.

The plane shakes, and the captain’s voice comes over the intercom again. “We’ve run into a bit of turbulence, folks. Nothing to worry about. We’re going to make a larger loop back around and hopefully we’ll have clearance to land by then. Thanks for your patience and for flying with SunDun Airlines.”

I groan inwardly. We’re never going to get off this plane at this rate. I close my eyes for only a second, and then the small TV screen goes totally black. What’s going on? I look over the seats in front of me and see their screens are blank, too.

A tall man with black hair, wearing a suit, rushes up the aisle, and from the corner of my eye, I see a flash of silver. A badge. The air marshall? He disappears into the cock pit. What on earth is going on?

A second later, the flight attendant’s calm voice surrounds me. “It appears as though the pocket of turbulence we’re experiencing is larger than we originally anticipated. The fasten seat belts sign is back on, and we ask that everyone remain seated with the seats upright and the trays closed. Please stay calm, and we’ll be out of this in no time.”

No sooner does she quit talking than the plane dips sharply, rises, and then shakes violently.

Excerpt #2 (245 words, Chapter 21)

Aiden Cohen…

“I’m just scared,” she whispers. “I’m scared of what the night or even the next day will bring us. I’m scared about the next hour. None of us have a clue about what’s going on, who’s out there, who might die next yet. And that scares the daylights out of me.”

“Emily,” I say softly. Standing, I pull her to her feet and wrap her up in a hug. She puts her arms around my neck, and her warm breath breezes across my skin. “All of us miss our families, our friends, our lives. And we’re all scared on some level, but we will get through this.”

“How do you know that?” Her words are mumbled against my shoulder.

“Because I have faith. And because we have Tom on our side, and he’s kinda scary with that gun.”

She laughs, and my heart soars. I adore that sound.

“Thank you.” She pulls back enough to look into my eyes. “I’m sorry we’re here, but I’m glad I met you.”

“Me, too. In fact, meeting you has been the only thing that’s made this situation bearable.”

A small smile pulls at her lips, and before I can talk myself out of it, I lean forward and press my lips to hers. And I don’t immediately pull away like I did the other night. At first, she’s stiff with shock, and I realize I’ve made a mistake. But before I can break away, she welcomes my kiss.


Do you have a favorite author or book?

DAVID: Hmm… that is a tough one to answer. If I had to choose, I grew up reading the Hardy Boys. I identify with Frank and Joe Hardy, in the sense that as a writer we are always curious about what comes next. What the next plot, the next chapter, the next book. Without that curiosity—it’s hard to become a YA writer.

KARA: The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. While I know there’s quite a few issues with the book itself, I admire what the author was able to accomplish. A stay-at-home mom who wrote something that became a worldwide phenomenon, something that created so many connections and friendships and fandoms, something that really shone a spotlight on YA.

If you could sit down to dinner with three authors, who would they be and what would you discuss?

DAVID: James Patterson, Franklin W. Dixon, and Kara Leigh Miller.

These 3 authors are trailblazers in their respected genres. I would love to discuss what them how they started in their genres and going into 2020, would they have done things differently.

KARA: David is sucking up for something. Hahaha. Personally, I’d love to sit down with Stephenie Meyer, Stephen King, and Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’d ask them how they come up with book ideas, how they balance writing with other real life responsibilities, and what their most embarrassing moment is.

Can you think of anything you wish you had known before you started writing?

DAVID: While the cliché answer is to say how difficult the process is, for me, I found it to be super rewarding—after all, those crazy thoughts in my brain finally sound normal!

KARA: To take my time, that there’s no ticking clock on when you can or should be published, and don’t jump right into publishing without knowing what you want for your career long term.

What’s next for you as an author?

DAVID: Right now, we’re working on Inferno: Prison Break meets Lord of the Rings. Stay tuned… Lol.

KARA: In addition to the other book David and I are working on, I have a contemporary YA Christian romance that’s releasing in May 2020 called Perfectly Imperfect. And I’m working on at least a dozen other projects.

What does your family think of your writing?

DAVID: My wife and family totally support me! In fact, she really brings out the best in me—when you spend so much time with someone as good as her, it tends to rub off!

KARA: My entire family is very supportive, and my 15-year-old daughter absolutely loves it. She’s constantly telling people that her mom is an author—I think she thinks I’m some sort of celebrity. LOL.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

DAVID: A lot of times, we can doubt ourselves: we can’t do this, or we can’t do that. I found the opposite: when sitting down to write a book, it takes patience, perseverance, discipline, and a hint of creativity. Being able to do that, shows you, in my opinion, that you are capable of doing anything!

KARA: That I still harbor some lingering feelings of resentment for being an only child. Ha! In all honesty, looking back at the books I’ve written, I tend to write things that I had wished were true for my life—like characters who have siblings, or setting them in places I always wanted to live or visit, giving characters jobs I would have liked to have, etc. Writing can be a fun way for wish fulfillment.

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