Interview with Ken

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born in what was then British Guiana, the only English speaking colony in South America, my early years were spent there. My father was a book seller and a lover of books, so at a very early age I was open to the power and influence of a variety of books. I recall reading for my father's friends when they came to visit and my reading skills developed over the years by borrowing books from his book store and the Carnegie library in Georgetown.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Other activities include, reading, the movies, spending time with my family, keeping a healthy lifestyle which includes the gym.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was back in high school. I'm proud to say it was the first in class.
What is your writing process?
If it's historical fiction, I read as many books as I can on the subject matter and people who will feature in the book.
How do you approach cover design?
I do my own cover design. It has to be relevant in some way to the title and the subject matter in the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
Biography, literary travel, history and selective fiction although I rarely have the time to do so these days,
What is your e-reading device of choice?
These days I read mostly on my iPad
Describe your desk
When did you first start writing?
Way back in high school. I started on a novel back then and regret that I didn't retain the manuscript, although the idea that it might have been less than satisfactory might have contributed to the reason why it was not kept.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's historical based around the first and second decade of the twentieth century, and again it's set in the Caribbean.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After submitting to multiple agents and publishers, receiving rejections and near hits, it became apparent that I had to find my own way if I wanted to be published in this lifetime.
Published 2017-06-17.
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Books by This Author

Down Independence Boulevard And Other Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 68,140. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Canadian
DOWN INDEPENDENCE BOULEVARD, is an anthology of short stories, focussed on some of the residents of INDEPENDENCE BOULEVARD as they struggle to cope with a racial conflict between the major nationalities in the period leading up to independence and after freedom is gained from Britain. The stories will follow these people as they leave their homes and face an uncertain future in Canada and America.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 146,780. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history
Expat Marcus Jacobson will find his role at the University of Saint Anglia won’t turn out as he hoped as he’s caught in the middle of a takeover on the island. He will meet: Melanie, a student who wants democracy restored; Father Bert, who helps her; Clarence Baptiste, editor of the newspaper; the Reverend running a dirty tricks campaign. The Junta is determined to hold on to power
Last Rites
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
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A man returns for his father's funeral in Guyana and has to confront some unpleasant memories associated with his father.
Return Of The Prodigal
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,510. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A man returns home for his father's funeral and he and his brother explore their conflicted childhood in pre independent British Guiana.
Racing With The Rain
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 130,160. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Can one outrun the rain? Guyanese born Carl Dias receives news of his father augusto dying in Guyana. Back in Guiana, Carl belonged to the leftwing ruling party. His father, a businessman was in the Conservative party. Returning will reignite memories of the collapse of the political and social fabric of the colony, stoked by the Kennedy administration pressuring the Brits to oust the government.