Lora Kempka
Lora Kempka has worked in a number of blue-collar jobs including machine set-up and backhoe builder. She earned her BA in English Literature along the way as well as an associate’s degree in Library Science. Finally, when her last factory job as a large guillotine operator ended because the factory shutdown, she decided to knock the dust off her manuscript and do something with it. Her debut novel, Deep Water, epitomizes the belief that everyone has a story to tell.

Much like her patchwork of job skills, her reading interests vary widely from Stephen King to Eric Gansworth to Dan Simmons. Then sprinkle a healthy dose of nonfiction into the mix for a gumbo of right-brain activity. Creating characters that readers can relate to is Lora’s goal. Readers may or may not like a character, but they understand the character’s past as it influences his/her actions. Readers see what’s in the gumbo.

Lora was born and raised in rural North Carolina between the mountains and the coast. When she’s not writing, she can be found adding another pollinator garden in her yard or making compost. She lives with her very supportive husband and some cats that just took up. Her work has been published in Zimbell House’s November Falls Anthology.

Deep Water
Tucked in the wooded niches of Johnston County North Carolina illegal barrooms serve as meeting places for drug dealers and hunting grounds for a serial killer. Tara Headley can’t escape the memories of an abusive husband and is always looking for her next easy prey. But when she sets her sights on Keith Harper, Tara learns not all prey is easy.

Night shift factory worker Bobbie Harper has a secret she swore to take to her grave. But with her marriage crumbling, she worries that her past has somehow been revealed. Why else would her husband Keith be so distant and moody? His unwillingness to include Bobbie in his new nightlife forces her to find answers anyway she can. But what she discovers has less to do with Keith and more about her own humanity. Bobbie is about to find out how far she will to go to save her marriage, and at what cost?

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