Kenneth Bossard

Biography

Kenneth Bossard began writing after a career in mortgage banking. He always loved to write, penning poems as a child and writing city-wide articles in high school.

After pledging an African-American fraternity his freshman year, Ken went on to business school and the mortgage field. He never forgot the conflicts he experienced being a brand new, born-again Christian and entering the world of college fraternities. His book details those conflicts but from a woman's perspective. Though Ken writes ably from that perspective, he believes it is because he is able to lose himself in a character so unlike his own personality. He takes it as a deep testament to God's abilities when told "I can't believe a man wrote this."

Ken lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

Smashwords Interview

How did you write such an authentic woman's voice in "Cheryl's Song."
Thank you, and I feel that is the second biggest compliment I get on the book. The first is that it allowed someone to open up about an area of hurt in their relationship with the opposite sex.
I know men. Growing up with two older brothers and a father in the home, being a "boy's boy," very physical and athletic and of course, all the years in the fraternity, I know how men think.
Cheryl took me by surprise. Many times when I was writing, I had to hurry as she talked to get exactly what she was saying in the way she spoke in my head because I don't think like her. It was a revelation, just the tenderness and caring and yet forcefulness of her personality. The answer is that I just let her talk, didn't try to change her, and wrote what she said the way she meant it, not how I thought. I let Cheryl be Cheryl.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't start out to self-publish. I submitted Cheryl's Song to Moody Publishers. My favorite female author, Tia McCollors, was a Moody author, so I chose them. On my birthday, I got a call from them, actually from an assistant there, saying that an editor was interested and would be calling. She did, and that was the best present I could have gotten.
I went to a hotel, locked myself in for three days, began fasting and praying, and the final day I was certain of two things: first, I was going to get my master's degree from American University's a School of Journalism and that I should apply immediately, and second, Cheryl's Song would be self-published, and I should retain all rights.
Now, how either of those two things were going to become reality, I had not a clue.
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Books

Cheryl's Song: Until the Sun Comes Up
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,780. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
What happens when the most popular sorority girl on campus has to tell the most popular guy, the love of her life, that his new pledge just got her saved? Cheryl and Mike have found their missing piece in one another. But senior year, Cheryl notices a young man, Perry, who has something regal, mysterious. Perry's decision to pledge Mike’s fraternity forces Cheryl to choose between her two loves.

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