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Julie Kusma

Julie Kusma
BIOGRAPHY

Author of That's Creepy, Santa: The Trilogy (Horror), Santa's Claws, Vol 12 of The Darker Half Series (Gothic Poetry), Our Christmas (Family), A Taste of Our Christmas (Family), Honey; Words to Heal & Mend (Inspirational), The Many Worlds of Mr. A. Skouandy (Psychological Horror), Pigglety Pigglety Poo (children's), Stuck That Way and Other Quandaries (Paranormal Horror), Shift: 11 Perspective Changing Meditations (CD), and Unbind: 7 Chakra Opening Meditations (CD).

She currently lives in Kentucky with her Golden doodle, Finn. She writes speculative fiction short stories, primarily paranormal horror and now has a children's book and inspirational books as well.

Additional content is published on her website http://julie-kusma.com.
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Julie Kusma's Books

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Our Trees: Botanics, Beliefs, & Moreby Julie L. KusmaPublish: Mar 07, 2022Series: Our Seasons SeriesTeen & Young Adult
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Where Wildflowers Growby Julie KusmaPublish: Feb 21, 2022Children's
$3.99 kindle Free with KUeBook,
Amore: The Lighter Half, Volume 2by Julie L. KusmaPublish: May 02, 2022 Poetry
Unchaste: Volume 11
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Unchaste: Volume 11by Julie L. KusmaPublish: Jan 11, 2022Series: The Darker Half SeriesPoetry
A Taste of Our Christmas: Traditions, Memories, & More
(1) $6.99 kindleeBook,
A Taste of Our Christmas: Traditions, Memories, & Moreby Julie L. KusmaPublish: Nov 20, 2021General Nonfiction
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Abracadabra: The Lighter Half, Volume 1by Julie KusmaPublish: Feb 17, 2022Series: The Lighter HalfPoetry
(1) $12.99 kindleeBook,
Eggie's: Easter counting & color funby Julie KusmaPublish: Feb 21, 2022Children's
Our Christmas: Traditions, Memories, & More
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Our Christmas: Traditions, Memories, & Moreby Julie L. KusmaPublish: Nov 20, 2021Series: Our Seasons SeriesGeneral Nonfiction
That's Creepy, Santa!: The Trilogy
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That's Creepy, Santa!: The Trilogyby Julie KusmaPublish: Nov 30, 2021Horror
A Perfect Place for Scary Monsters to Hide
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A Perfect Place for Scary Monsters to Hideby Julie KusmaPublish: Oct 14, 2021Children's
Honey: Words to Heal & Mend
(1) $14.99 kindleeBook,
Honey: Words to Heal & Mendby Derek R. KingPublish: Nov 05, 2021Religion & Spirituality
Santa's Claws: Volume 12
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Santa's Claws: Volume 12by Derek R. KingPublish: Nov 19, 2021Series: The Darker Half SeriesPoetry
The Darker Half: Volume 13
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The Darker Half: Volume 13by Derek R. KingPublish: Oct 01, 2021Series: The Darker Half SeriesPoetry
The Many Worlds of Mr. A. Skouandy: and Other Stories from Oakwood Sanatorium
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Pigglety Pigglety Poo
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Pigglety Pigglety Pooby Julie KusmaPublish: Apr 23, 2021Children's
Stuck That Way and Other Quandaries
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Stuck That Way and Other Quandariesby Julie KusmaPublish: May 11, 2020Horror

Julie Kusma's Series in Order

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  • Our Seasons Series

    1 Our Christmas: Traditions, Memories, & More - Published on Nov, 20212 Our Trees: Botanics, Beliefs, & More - Published on Mar, 2022
  • The Darker Half Series

    1 The Darker Half: Volume 13 - Published on Oct, 20212 Santa's Claws: Volume 12 - Published on Nov, 20213 Unchaste: Volume 11 - Published on Jan, 2022
  • The Lighter Half

    1 Abracadabra: The Lighter Half, Volume 1 - Published on Feb, 2022

Julie Kusma's Awards and Achievements

    Julie Kusma has earned excellence awards over time. Here is the glimpse of the accolades clinched by the author.

  • Literary Titan Gold Book Award
    2022

    The Many Worlds of Mr. A. Skouandy: and Other Stories from Oakwood Sanatorium

    award
  • Literary Titan Gold Book Award
    2021

    Stuck That Way and Other Quandaries

    award
  • Ally Lit: Speculative Fiction Bronze
    2021

    Stuck That Way and Other Quandaries

    award

Julie Kusma interview On 28, Aug 2020

"Julie Kusma, the author of STUCK THAT WAY AND OTHER QUANDARIES, UNBIND, and SHIFT, writes speculative fiction. She shows us the brilliant spectacle of her mind in this collection of stories. Her fondness for psychology, theology, and philosophy come from her search for Truth and meaning for life itself. Julie holds a Master of Health Education, a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness, and a Master in English, Creative Writing, fiction."
How has your environment & upbringing colored your writing?

I moved close to a dozen times before I was 18 and lost my mother at 9. I've experienced a lot of death, so sure those things, those experiences are reflected in my writing.

Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?

I do not remember the first book I read, but I do recall a book about a female serial killer I read in high school. I'm not sure how a library approved it.

Why did you choose to write primarily horror, paranormal stories?

Paranormal? I've always searched for answers about life and why we exist, hence my fascination with paranormal, occult, and metaphysics. Horror? I find the horror genre reflects the Jungian shadow, and the events, characters, and motivations portray this. Fascinating.

What do you love the most about writing fiction short stories?

I love writing short stories because the completion of the project is quick. Satisfaction comes much sooner with short work. Plus, short stories are an excellent way to hone one's writing skills. As Ray Bradbury said, "Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row."

How much do you research while writing a science fiction story?

Quite a bit, actually. I need research for almost every story, but some require more than others. When I write science fiction, and I write soft sci-fi where the technological facts aren't so set in stone as they are in hard sci-fi. Even so, research is necessary. For my current short story, HAINT NOTHIN BUT BLUE, I've read three books on the Gullah Geechee people, root magic, the color haint blue, and the ghost lore associated with this tradition. Part Two will publish September 7, 2020 on Julie-Kusma.com.

What inspired the story of your book, Stuck That Way and Other Quandaries?

STUCK THAT WAY sprung from a conversation I had with a friend. We were discussing chakras, energy, and controlling one's personal vibrational quality. It occurred to me, here on Earth, many make attempts to manage their chi/energy and elevate their frequency. The writer's "what if" blinked on, and I wondered if, on the other side, would energy need slowed to manifest here in a corporeal form? Probably!

What developed your fondness for psychology, philosophy, and theology?

My fondness for psychology, theology, and philosophy come from my search for Truth and meaning for life itself. As a nine-year-old who lost their mother, I wanted to know why. Why do people die? Why do we exist?

Which is your favorite story from the collection of spine-tingling paranormal horror short stories in "Stuck That Way and Other Quandaries"?

My favorite from the collection is STUCK THAT WAY. I love the story's spiritual irony and the play on the age-old saying about making an ugly face, one my mother said to me, be careful, or get stuck that way.

Did you expect SOMETHING LURKING to become the winner of Coffee House Writers "Most Views" for September 2019?

I did not expect SOMETHING LURKING to win Coffee House Writers "Most Views" in September of 2019 because it was my first story with this online publisher. I was amazed. For the record, and because I am proud of this accomplishment, I won "Most Views" every month I wrote for Coffee House:

September 2019 for SOMETHING LURKING with 1,694 views
October 2019 for DEVILISH GAME Part 1 with 3,507 views
November 2019 for DEVILISH GAME Part 2 with 4,531 views
December 2019 for THAT'S CREEPY, SANTA! Part 1 with 6,143 views
January 2020 for WHEN BEES BUZZ with 10,689 views
February 2020 for INSEPARABLE Part One with 11,131 views
March 2020 for MISERY ISLAND with 7,059 views
April 2020 for THE CROOKED CRONE with 16, 543 views
May 2020 for NEW MUMMY with 15, 468 views

*June 2020 unofficially for GOOD DEMON BAD with 10, 830 views* I did not receive the award that month because I left on July 5, 2020 before it was awarded.

Who inspired the character of Emily in "RELEVANT EVIDENCE"?

In my story RELEVANT EVIDENCE, the character wasn't inspired by any person. The story was inspired by writing prompts for a contest. The story needed to include someone who gets lost and cannot find their way back, and also include a sock. This story popped in my head. I didn't make the final round, but I ended up with an interesting story and an unusual POV.

If you were deserted on an island, which three people would you want to have with you?

That's a tough question. I suppose I should answer my husband and two sons, but on a deserted island, that horror story would write itself.

What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself as an author in 10 years?

To continue writing, publishing, recording, and creating. I plan on being a prolific published author, and if a traditional publisher or agent sees my work and wants to sign me up, all the better.

How was your experience of participating in the Cover of the Month contest by AllAuthor?

The AllAuthor's Cover of the Month contest was fun. I gained some followers, sold some books, and thoroughly enjoyed promoting my cover designer Ivano Lago's work.

Can you share with us the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your books?

The best way to reach me is through my website at Julie-Kusma.com Additionally, follow my author Facebook page at https://facebook.com/juliekusma111 or on Twitter @juliekusma and send me a message.

What has your experience with AllAuthor been like?

I believe the service AllAuthor offers is entirely worthwhile. All my communications with AllAuthor have been professional, courteous, and timely. They are a pleasure to work with.

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