Playing "20 Questions" with Kyle D. Garrett and a Signed Copy Giveaway! (CLOSED)

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A few months ago, I really felt the Lord tug on my heart to start working with authors to help promote their work (especially indie authors), as a way for me to get back into writing while also bringing in a little income. 

A side hustle, if you will. ;)

I had no idea how I was going to accomplish this, although I already had about two years experience working with launch teams with some big authors, but not knowing how convince anyone to let me work for them. So, without hesitation- I just leaped forward into my beta phase.

Then shows up Mr. Kyle D. Garrett. We linked up, and I got my first "tester". He sent me a copy of his book, "Coma, California", and we ran with the promotion. There's been lots of kinks and re-dos, but it's been SUCH an enjoyable experience! I have loved digging in to Kyle's characters and really seeing his heart and the talent the Lord has blessed him with. This is a reader's dream! It's also a writer's dream, since he has finished the race I haven't even started yet!

You must know, Kyle did EVERYTHING on this book. No agent. No editor. No marketing team. This is all him. That's why the story is so great, because its in a very raw form. Through the pages you get an intimate glimpse of his knack for descriptive writing. He's incredibly good at immersing the reader and their five senses into the story. Sometimes it may seem a bit much, a bit rough around the edges-but still a beautiful story with a purpose. This isn't a bunch of fluff between the covers, there is a grand message here.

You get it all in the story of grace and hope and how we typically find it in the most unlikely of places. Jesus used parables to tell a story so we could easily find the truth-Kyle has done the same here, for the gospel. He has taken a story so familiar, so real, so relateable-only to direct our focus to the King. 

This is to be celebrated, y'all! Kyle has not hid his talents in the ground, but instead, has used them to not only multiply, but to worship and praise our Lord. That's gets me excited! It also gets me excited to find a contemporary Christian author that isn't writing about an Amish girl, but that's another post.

How about we learn a little more, about Kyle D. Garrett:

First off, I'm entirely honored to be doing this interview! Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I was born and raised in Southern California, the oldest of two boys; my mom was an accountant and my dad an insurance broker. I have really great memories of my childhood and remember growing up in a fun and loving home. Unfortunately my parents would separate and later divorce after I graduated high school.

What were you like at school?

There were things I really enjoyed about school, but I was a talker and daydreamed a lot. I didn't have a lot of patience with studying and homework so my academic performance was average.

Were you good at English?

It was my best subject. I loved reading (and still do) and creative writing projects. Class discussions were always fun for me too.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I just want to create stories that people can enjoy and be inspired by, but I also very much want to eventually be able to write full time and provide for my family.

Which writers inspire you?
Ted Dekker and Stephen King are my favorite writers. I also love Ray Bradbury and C.S. Lewis.

So, what have you written? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

Coma, California is my only published work. I have a plethora of unpublished poems and a few short stories that I hope to publish soon. I've also done some songwriting but not in a long time!

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Brandon wears a very thick coat of armor in the form of animosity and apathy. He has so many unprocessed emotions from his past that the idea of living a normal life is not even an option for him, leaving him in a deep depression (hence wanting to sleep all the time). He uses it as a weapon of sorts to keep people away and not get close to anyone, but he finds out that the people in the town of Coma are too loving and kind to just leave him in that state.

What are you working on at the minute?

I'm currently working on a suspense/thriller, which I hope to have completed by the end of the year.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I've been writing since I was a little kid-- the first stories I remember writing were about adventures my stuffed animals had when I was six or seven years old. I decided it was what I wanted to do as a career in my early twenties when my girlfriend (now wife) encouraged me to pursue it after reading some of my work.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I tend to write by the seat of my pants, sort of on the fly. I've more recently begun using outlines in my writing process.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Doing it (laughs). Just making the time for it and in consistent fashion. Once you commit though you'd be amazed at what you are able to accomplish.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Again, just making the time to write on a regular basis. Even if you don't have an idea to work with, it's incredible how helpful just writing your thoughts in a journal can be. It's important to just continue stimulating the hunger to write. It doesn't have to be brilliant, it just needs to come from a genuine desire to write and create.

What book/s are you reading at present?

I'm currently part of a launch group for an emerging author named Rodney Coe and his debut novel The Rise of the Prophet.

What is your favorite book and why?

I can only pick one? (laughs) Well if I had to pick one I would say Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. It takes place in the summer of the late 1920's and it makes me wish I could have lived as a kid then-- life was so much simpler!

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Instagram: @kyle_d_garrett
Pinterest: @KyleDGarrett
Amazon Author Page:
Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.),-California (includes links of everywhere else you can find my novel)

Now, I have been so honored to work alongside Kyle in promoting his work. I can only imagine the angst, anxiety, and excitement that comes from being so exposed and vulnerable when having others critique and analyze your art. I give Kyle's "Coma, California", a 4.5 out of 5 stars! There are some tweaks that need to be done, but that is totally expected from a debut, self-published novel. I will, without a doubt, read whatever this man puts forth. I can stand behind any author that writes from the heart like he does. My copy of "Coma,California" was my first personalized signed copy of any book and I will cherish it for a lifetime!

That being said, Kyle has agreed to give away a signed copy of his book to one of my readers! I am also going to sweeten the pot, by giving away, "The Gift of Friendship" by Dawn Camp that I reviewed earlier this month! 

Giveaway is for US/Canada only. Runs until April 1, 2016 at 12:00 AM EST.

Want to go ahead and read the book? Purchase and download to read immediately here:

Also, we are looking for a few more people to read and review Kyle's book by joining his street team! If this sounds like something you'd be interested in-send me a message or comment below!

*I received this book in exchange for my HONEST review*


  1. This book sounds awesome, how do i get started in book reviews? I would love to do this

  2. I'm loving the book so far.


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