Novelist Explores the Challenging World of Parenting Twin Teenage Daughters as a Single Mom
Author KL Palmer is celebrating the re-release of her humorous, poignant, and at times heart-wrenching contemporary novel, Twice as Different, which released to retail on October 26, 2023, in hardback, trade paperback, and all major ebook formats from WordCrafts Press. Palmer originally self-published the novel in 2015 under the name of KL Collins. Then, in 2018, she signed with WordCrafts Press to bring her new and backlist titles to a fresh audience. Twice as Different is the fourth of Palmer’s works to be republished under the WordCrafts Press imprint, following in the footsteps of her contemporary novella, 27 Words, her romance novel, Pipe Dream, and her end-of-days thriller, The Endurants.
Pam Taylor exudes strength and independence. She prides herself on her courage and determination. She is also a single mother to twin daughters—teenagers who are identical on the outside but complete opposites in the personality department. On a good day life is, well, challenging to put it mildly.
But life has a way of shaking things up, and Pam experiences fresh trials and tribulations just as her daughters are about to start their all-important senior year in high school. Her company downsizes at the same time that her mother gets a devastating health diagnosis. To be there for her mom means Pam will have to relocate to the other side of the state, which mean uprooting the girls from the home they love, the friends they have grown up with, and their familiar school.
The stresses of caring for a sick parent, dealing with a rebelling daughter, and just trying to pay the bills brings Pam to her knees to seek wisdom from the God she wishes she was closer to.
Will Pam find the strength and wisdom required to survive the chaos? Is it possible to find love again after all these years?
And… is that really a ghost?
“KL came to WordCrafts Press a few years back as an accomplished romance author,” says WordCrafts Press publisher, Mike Parker. “After the release of her novel, Pipe Dream, we knew we wanted to be the publishing home for all of her works. While I was expecting more contemporary romance, KL proved to be adept at writing in a variety of genres, including her speculative, apocalyptic thriller, The Endurants, and the poignant, tear-jerking contemporary novella, 27 Words, which tackled such prickly issues as bullying, self-harm, and the foster care care system. Now, with Twice as Different, she once again she proves just how gifted she is as a cross-genre storyteller.”
As the working mothers author, Palmer encourages readers to, “Lift up the ladies in your life. Tell her you like her new hair style, or that the color she is wearing brings out the sparkle in her eyes, or how her smile lights up the room. The compliment you give her may be the only one she gets that day or even that week. I hope Twice as Different is uplifting for her as well,” she adds.
“And there are other novels in the works to be on the lookout for as well,” Palmer says of her cross-genre approach to her craft. “I never stop writing. “At any given time I have ideas flowing for one of the dozen or so stories I’ve started, so watch for the next one to drop!”
About the Author
KL Palmer calls herself the working mother’s author. Even though she hasn’t (yet) written a book on how to be a better mom, or how to incorporate your personal life into your long work day; she did follow her dream and write a novel—or five. She hopes to inspire other working moms to write, or follow their dreams wherever they lead, and not give up.
One thing that sets her apart from other authors is her propensity to write what she calls break chapters—chapters short enough to take a bathroom break, commercial break, or smoke break away from life, with each averaging just two to three pages. She wants to bring reading back into the lives of busy people; to show that you can, in fact, enjoy a book and take time for yourself; and do so with the limited and precious spare time you have.
Born and raised in a quiet Amish-surrounded community in Pennsylvania, she now resides in Tennessee with her family. In addition to being employed full time in a corporate real estate position, Palmer remains passionate about her church and her writing. She jokes that her mind never shuts off. Even in the most inopportune time she’s jotting down ideas for the next manuscript. Just don’t tell her boss!