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 5 or 6 books that will eventually make up the series consist of Crankie Williams Goes Ballistic (already on e-book with Novum Publishers - Amazon and Barnes & Noble), Crankie Williams Goes Pirate, Crankie Williams Does Penance, Crankie Williams Goes to War, Crankie Williams Gets It Together and Crankie Williams The Universe Calls. Books 1, 2 and 3 are complete. Book 4 is 50% complete and books 5 and 6 only have the outlines done.

Books

CRANKIE WILLIAMS GOES to WAR
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,460. 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’s is captured and is taken back through the Dimension Spiral.
Oh Hell, Joe! (All Ages - Also see Adult Version)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,850. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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.
Crankie Williams Does Penance
Series: Crankie Williams. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,140. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Crankie is taken to Hellcatrazz. 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. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,750. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Crankie serves time aboard the fleet freighter until a pirate attacks and frees 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: 86,850. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Humor & 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.

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