Friday, February 28, 2014

Into the Darkness

Today's special guest is K.F.Breene. A wine country native, K.F. moved to San Francisco for college just shy of a decade ago to pursue a lifelong interest in film. As she settled into the vibrant city, it quickly became apparent that, while she thought making and editing films was great fun, she lacked cinematic genius. For that reason, her career path quickly changed direction. Her next goal was a strange childhood interest, conjured at the dining room table while filling out a form. For some reason, her young self wanted to be an accountant. Thinking on it now, she often wonders how she had any friends. Regardless, it was the direction she finally took.

While she could wrangle numbers with the best of 'em, and even though she wore the crown as the most outspoken, belligerent accountant in the world, her mind got as stuffy as her daily routine. It was here that she dusted off her creative hat and began writing. Now she makes movies in her head, not worried about lighting, shutter speed or editing equipment. Turns out, a computer is much easier to manage than a crowd of actors. She should know, she was an actor at one time.


What kind of music you like?

I am pretty open. I would say I lean toward alternative the most. But if my iphone is on shuffle, you might hear some Muse, then some Katy Perry, then some Mozart, then maybe a little Kenny Chesney. I like good songs, regardless of genre.

Do you like to dance?

Oh yeah! Love to dance. In Vegas I’m the fool dancing in the middle of everything. I’ll walk on a dance floor, and then drag random people out to dance with me. Alcohol helps this, obviously, but give me a lively tune and I feel inclined to shake a little leg.

Can you describe your dream home?

I don’t really have a dream home, but there are elements I would really like. For example, I want a lot of space outside for kids to play and to have dogs roam around. I want to be close to other people but slightly removed from a city. Comfort and enough room inside is a must. Fireplace. I’d also really love an office/library with a wall of books, a desk, and solitude. I want a place I can go and read, write, or just watch TV on my computer that is my own space. No sharing. Like a studious man-cave for a woman.

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?

Probably someone from Harry Potter, post Voldemort. Having magic would be really fun. It’s a big reason why I wrote the Darkness series.


I’d always been different. I saw objects in the night where others saw emptiness. Large, human shaped shadows, fierce yet beautiful, melting into the darkness. I collected secrets like other women collected bells; afraid to fully trust lest my oddities be exposed.

Until I saw him. He’d been gliding down the street, unshakable confidence in every step. It wasn’t just that he was breathtakingly handsome with perfect features. Something about him drew me. Sucked my focus to him and then tugged at my body. As his eyes met mine, I was entrapped.

No one had noticed him. He’d been right there, just beyond the light, but only I had perceived.

I had to know if he was real. Or maybe I really was crazy. And even when my secret box was blasted wide open, dangers hurled at me like throwing knives, I couldn’t stop until I unraveled his true identity.

I just had to know.

“She was fated to live.”
“Then why must you save her?”
“Often Fate is struck down by dumb luck.”


I huddled on my bed later that night with my knees pulled up to my chest. Thinking. Focusing on what it was I couldn’t remember. It was there, hovering around my conscious mind. Nudging me. Waiting for me to pay attention. To remember. It was the key to that insane situation in the park.

I flung my wet hair out of my face,  pulled the sleeves of my pajamas over my hands, and  glanced out  the window.

The stranger waited. Outside, he watched, staring up at my shaded windows, just wanting me to know he was there. He was waiting for me to come down to him. He had the same questions I did—I was certain  he felt the same things.


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