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.
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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.

Books

The Bees' Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,510. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 3, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » Action
I wonder how many readers experienced the wish, or even just the thought, of being something or somewhere they’re not. Well, it happened to me, and not by my own doing either! My conscious mind was taken over by a bee, and suddenly I lived as a bee, and experienced the life of bees, in their hive and also while foraging for food and nectar.
The Sentinel Awakens
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,170. Language: American English. Published: May 29, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
The universe is in trouble, the galaxies are in trouble, and billions of planets are in trouble when the Dark Power decided to subjugate planets and their peoples by using influential leaders, to spread false information and manipulate populations into virtual slavery. The Presence appointed allies to withstand the actions of the Dark Force but then, after its allies suffered several defeats, the
Crankie Williams Goes Ballistic
Series: Crankie Williams, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,340. Language: Commonwealth 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: 100,570. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 19, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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.
Crankie Williams Does Penance
Series: Crankie Williams, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,200. 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: 85,090. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 16, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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: 86,150. 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.