Ken Grace


Ken began writing part-time in 2005 and succeeded to full-time writing in 2013. He published his first novel 'Blood Prize' featuring Tom Fox and the sinister Cel Rău half twins, Uta and Réz, in 2014. Ken is currently at work on two new books: The Leviathan and Balaam's Deceit, both featuring many of the original 'Blood Prize' characters.
Ken was born in Australia and grew up in the Murray River town of Howlong, where he completed his early schooling. The diverse complexity of his environment proved to be a young man's adventure paradise and is where he developed a lifelong love of the natural world. He spent much of these years exploring the wild streams and rivers of the area, from snow-capped mountains to semi-desert plains, providing a rich diet of experience for a hungry imagination.
Ken lives and works with his wife Katie in the small country town of Freeburgh in North East Victoria.

Smashwords Interview

What was your earliest inspiration as a writer?
My appreciation of a good story, originated from my beloved late Grandfather, Harry Osborne, who could exaggerate an uneventful walk beside the river into ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. A trait I seem to have inherited.

Years later, I became inspired by a reading of Charlotte’s Webb, by a teacher … and also finding, and reading, a copy of The Scarlatti Inheritance, by the late great Robert Ludlum.
What has been your greatest literary influence?
My writing has always been influenced by music and who better than Beethoven. His genius created wonderful journeys of sound, rising and falling from peak to trough, growing higher with each false crescendo; the pace and tension ever increasing, as the music builds towards that all-encompassing, wiz-bang, knock-em-down, finale ... The classical boxer and the rough-as-guts fighter, slugging it out; each man’s fortunes ebbing and flowing, until the knockout in the final seconds of the last round. Now that’s a book I’d like to read.

Also Stephen King because I admire him and because his work isn’t just research, turned into prose. Almost everything he writes is pure imagination.

I have to include the late great Robert Ludlum, because I spent a lot of my youth under the covers of his incredible plot driven stories.

And, of course, Wilbur Smith, the unrivalled king of the historic action adventure genre. He could fill your head with Africa and at the same time, make you cheer and make you cry.
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Blood Prize
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,880. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
With Blood Prize, Ken Grace has crafted a masterful, high-stakes story of absolute imagination. Thrilling action, gripping suspense and a devastating secret, ensure a breath-taking adventure that is impossible to put down. Tom Fox is running, trying to save his life. He must locate an alien technology called the 'Prize', before it falls into the wrong hands ... and irretrievably alters the world.

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