Franz Ludick

Biography

The author resides on a farm near the small town of Montagu at the edge of the Little Karoo, in the Province of the Western Cape, South Africa and although he is still active in the property market, he is also active with his favourite hobby of woodwork and is totally involved with bee keeping, producing natural raw honey and other bee products.
Having spent most of his adult life as a property appraiser, Franz has written countless reports and finally decided to put his writing skills to use by writing light and entertaining science fiction stories.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up outside the city of Durban, South Africa as a loner, spending most of my free time wandering about in the mountains and during holidays staying in my secret cave. At night, in the pitch dark I would watch the stars and wonder who was up there and if they would ever contact me. I started off by reading Cowboy books and then later graduated to Science Fiction, which hooked me for the rest of my life.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing short stories of Science Fiction when I was about 15 years old, but never attempted to have these stories published.
Read more of this interview.

Series

Crankie Williams
The 6 books that will eventually make up the series consist of Crankie Williams Goes Ballistic , Crankie Williams Goes Pirate, Crankie Williams Does Penance, Crankie Williams Goes to War, Crankie Williams The Universe Calls and Crankie Williams Gets It Together. Books 1, 2, 3 and 4 are complete. Book 5 is in progress, expected to be published in July 2020 and Book 6 only has the outlines of the story to date.
Gawie Botha
In boek een (Gawie Botha Raak Ballisties) volg ons Gawie vanaf sy jong jare, na die tyd wanneer hy begin het om 'n entrepreneur te word. Daar volg episodes wat jou hare sal laat rys en ander wat mens laat skater van die lag. Gawie en sy broer se vennote voer die waaghalstigsde klopjagte uit in die Heshny sterrestelsel en bo alle verwagtinge kom hulle nogal daarmee weg ook! Gawie raak betrokke in groot risiko kriminele ondernemings en aan die einde word hy gevang. Boek twee (Gawie Botha - Ruimterower) kom Gawie in aan raking met ruimterowers wat hom gered het na hy opgesluit was in 'n vloot voorsieningsskip. Hy word 'n volbloedige ruimterower en daar volg alle soorte goeters insluitende die verwoesting van die planeet Ribald. Gawie word daarvoor blameer en word benaam as 'die grootste krimineel in die sterrestelse'! Na Gawie se beste vriend se skip reg voor hom opgeblaas was het hy homself aan die owerhede oorgegee. Boek drie (Gawie Botha Doen Tyd) vind gawie op die planeet Walmer, in die gevangenis Hellkatrazz waar hy regtig sy ware geestis krag vind. Daar volg menige snaakse goed, en party nie so snaaks nie, maar Gawie werk daardeur en kom anderkant uit.

Books

Crankie Williams Goes Ballistic
Series: Crankie Williams, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,500. Language: British English. Published: March 13, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Crankie hijacked a new Andromedan super ship and parked it in a safe place. The Andromedans blamed Milky Way pirates of stealing their ship and huge tension develops between the two galaxies. The Galactic Council was in uproar and gave the Galactic Security Service (GASS) instructions to find the culprits at all cost! Crankie recovered the new ship and took it back to the Andromedans.
Crankie Williams Goes to War
Series: Crankie Williams, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,450. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The Dark Force gathered its armies and attacked the Milky Way and its allies. The allies were being annihilated when unexpected help arrived and the invaders had to retreat. The Valgonarians attack again with stronger forces and the allies knew they were beaten. They were about to surrender when the Halconans arrived. The Dark Force is captured and is taken back through the Dimension Spiral.
Gawie Botha Doen Tyd
Series: Gawie Botha, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,590. Language: Afrikaans. Published: January 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Gawie was na die tronk Hellkatrazz geneem. Hy beplan hoe om Hellkatrazz in ‘n suksesvolle besigheid te omskep. Gawie het uiteindelik die skurke wat ruimte myners besteel en vermoor gevind, en met die Solar Plexus het hy die skurke vernietig. Die Valgonariërs beplan om die Heshnie sterrestelsel te verower. Die Keiser raak bewus van die Donker Mag se planne en hy kommunikeer met Gawie.
Gawie Botha - Ruimterower
Series: Gawie Botha, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,220. Language: Afrikaans. Published: January 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Gawie was gevange in die vloot fragskip tot ‘n ruimterower hulle aangeval en hom bevry het. Hy het by die ruimterowers aangesluit en self ook ‘n leier van die ruimterowers geword. Hy het weer kontak met sy vriende op Aarde gemaak. Toe een van sy beplande aanvalle tot die dood van sy beste vriend gely het, het hy uitmekaar geval en homself uiteindelik aan die kaptein van ‘n kruiser oorhandig.
Gawie Botha Raak Balisties
Series: Gawie Botha, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 80,470. Language: Afrikaans. Published: January 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
‘Die Sterrestelsel staan verslae’ beskryf alles! Gawie Botha was heeltemal bewus hoe om die sisteem te manipuleer en hy het dit met welslaé gedoen. Sy voorbarigheid en die aandag wat die Keiser, die Donker Mag en die Hoof van Polisie aan hom gegee het, het hom op ‘n rowwe maar opwindende pad deur sy vol lewe gevolg.
Crankie Williams Does Penance
Series: Crankie Williams, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,740. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The 1st book will be available March 2020. Crankie is taken to Hellkatrazz. He plans how to make Hellkatrazz into a thriving business. Crankie finally identifies the rogues who prey on space miners and using the Solar Plexus he destroys the killers. The Valgonarians plan to invade the Heshny galaxy. The Emperor becomes aware of the Dark Force’s schemes and he in turn communicates with Crankie.
Crankie Williams Goes Pirate
Series: Crankie Williams, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,490. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The 1st book will be available March 2020. Crankie serves time aboard a fleet freighter until pirates attack and free him. He joins the pirates and becomes a successful pirate himself. He makes contact with his friends on Earth again and when one of his planned attacks end up with his best friend being killed he goes to pieces and eventually hands himself over to the captain of a fleet cruiser.
Oh Hell, Joe!
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,430. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Joe, a notorious gangster and killer in the late 1920’s New York, was finally killed in a shoot-out with the cops. He ended up in Hell and met up with some of his gang. Joe decided this was not a nice place to be in and talked his friends into making plans to escape back to Earth. They repeatedly caused big problems and chaos in Hell. Hell’s management punished them severely time and again.