Ken Lehnig lives in San Diego and is a long time singer/songwriter, a musician, poet, playwright, music journalist and artist. .He is a web publisher and partner in http://songwritersmarketplace.com and is the host of Songwriter Insights Podcast on iTunes, miro, Stitcher, Blueberry and Tunein radio.
"I have always been interested in the dark at the edge of the light. The reality of the light and dark reality is both in the lit physical world as well as the more dimly lit world of our psyche's. What inhabits that place? What do we do when all that we know is not enough to explain what appears before us?
I suppose the relationship between the dark and the light was solidified when I acquired a life threatening auto-immune disease that introduced me to unbearable pain and put me in a wheel chair for 4 years. Most of the short stories and poems in my books were written during that time. I have looked long and well into the dark, clear that it was to me my destination and have recovered and remain to tell more spooky stories."
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I started writing in earnest after I had contracted a deadly disease that put me in a wheel chair, in terrible pain and a growing addiction to morphine. During those times of lucidity and very aware of the finite days ahead I began to write in hopes of leaving a legacy for my children. All three of the dark and weird "Jongleur' series are the output of that time (I suppose in some way from the influence of the dragon). When I did not die and recovered, including the ability to walk, I realized how very much writing had redefined me. I wrote the 'Elm's Chronicles' as a cathartic romp through a different world, and for casting out the demons from that dark place I had once been. I'm just finishing another novel, a closer to mainstream thriller. So...what gets me out of bed? The answer is simple for me. I get my stories and ideas when I sleep - and that wakes me up ready to put those stories as best as I am able onto pages. A gift I believe gained in a time of great trial.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have been a musician and singer/songwriter for 40 years. My band 'Ken Lehnig and the Burning Sage Band' of nearly two decades just finished a rock album called 'Keep The Sun From Going Down' (Available everywhere) and I'm currently working on an eclectic Americana project 'The American Music Show'. A great deal of time is spent on Dave Dodds and my website , Songwritersmarketplace.com. I interview up and coming singer/songwriters and industry folks and write articles on lyric writing and performing. We pulled it down and are currently building a new and improved site. I'll give a heads up when it's live again.
The Jongleur walked through the ale house door once again into the dim and din. Here the Storyteller was acknowledged and urged on and on. He felt anxious but well prepared to offer some strange reflections, stories and poetry to puzzle, shock, and entertain.He climbed upon the stage and yelled out 'Sozzel the Jongleur'.
Strange tales, poetry, and a play. PG_14 Adult themes.
The Jongleur walked through the ale house door into the dim and din. He had played and recited here just last week and was well received. He felt well prepared to offer some peculiar tellings, stories and poetry to puzzle, shock, and entertain.He climbed upon the stage and yelled out 'Sozzel the Jongleur.' Weird and strange stories and poems by Ken Lehnig PG-14
Sozzel The Jongleur Halloween Tales
He sits near the bar and strums a song or two on a chilly Halloween night. Suddenly he stops and asks "Would a tale, or maybe a poem, be more suited to this dark night when the veil between this world, and the next, is so very thin?"
An eclectic and strange collection of stories and poems by Ken Lehnig PG-14