Wolf’s War – a novel with bluegrass accompaniment

wolfs_warIt’s been said that everyone has at least one great novel in them. I’m not so sure that’s true, but haven’t we all pondered whether something we’ve experienced or imagined might be worthy of being put down on paper?

But how many of us have the guts to go for it before we’re even old enough to drink?

Such is the case with Kayla King, the 20 year old daughter of noted banjo picker and luthier Jody King, currently performing with Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time. Kayla is a 3rd year psychology student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and has been playing bass and hanging around bluegrass music all her life.

She has written her first novel, Wolf’s War, and is in the process of also completing an acoustic soundtrack of music inspired by the story, which she is writing with her dad. It tells the fantastic story of a young woman who has developed special powers after being used in scientific experiments. She escapes from the facility where she has been held, and the book follows her internal struggle after reaching the freedom to control her own life.

Kayla says it is based on the ancient Cherokee legend of the two wolves, a metaphor for the battle that goes on in each of us between good and evil, light and darkness.

This brief video has been produced to explain her plans for the book, and her online appeal to raise enough money to have it printed.


If you want to encourage and support this young writer from within our music community, Kayla has an IndieGoGo page to collect donations, and make pre-orders for Wolf’s War, in print or ebook, and for an audio CD of the bluegrass soundtrack.

She needs to raise a total of $2000 to publish the book.

Congratulations to Kayla on this accomplishment, and to her Dad who clearly raised her right!

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.