Ken Lindsey


Ken Lindsey was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to an outlaw father who read him Sesame Street books at bedtime and let him watch The Shining before his fifth birthday, and a blue-collar mother who was likely the hardest working person he has ever met. This is how he wound up spending most of his childhood with his nose in books and a die-hard love of horror movies and great cinema in general. Narnia, the Millennium Falcon, and Elm Street all hold holy and happy places in his adolescent memories.

During high school Ken found his true love in a Journalism class where he wrote opinion pieces, toyed with the idea of being a photo-journalist, and took every chance he got to read and review books that had not already found their way to his bookshelf. Before graduation, he began writing his first manuscript-a vampire story very reminiscent of Anne Rice’s Interview With a Vampire, which was never (and never will be) published or shared with the public-at-large.

Since graduating Salutatorian of his class, Ken has dabbled in College, tried his hand far too many jobs to name, married, had four beautiful children, divorced, and continued writing. Nowadays he drinks all the coffee, spends as much time as he can with his children, enjoys the Pacific coast whenever he can get to it, and perseveres in his writing in between bouts of vacuuming animal fur from the couch and searching for the best biscuits and gravy in the Pacific

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I have several things going on right now, but I'm putting most of my time into the next Gavin English Story. There is just so much I can do with those characters and that world, and I've always loved Noir.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have several. Stephen King has been a favorite of mine since I was young. He is so damn prolific and talented, and he writes across genres with no problem. Carrie and the Dark Tower Series and It and Desperation... What's not to love.

Then there's Neil Gaiman, who writes so beautifully. Reading Stardust or Ocean at The End of The Lane is like listening to music for me. He just has this amazing way of letting the reader fall into the story and get comfortable there.

Others that I love include C.S. Lewis, George R.R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, J.A. Konrath, and so many more.
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Where to buy in print


Babysitting Money: A Gavin English/LT. Jack Daniels Thriller
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,170. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Gavin English has a job to do in Chicago, a city he's never been to. Lucky for him, ex-police Lieutenant Jack Daniels knows the city and has agreed to babysit him as long as the job is simple... It's not. BABYSITTING MONEY brings together Ken Lindsey's hard-boiled PI (TO THE BONE, ON THE EDGE) and J.A. Konrath's retired hero cop (WHISKEY SOUR, Shaken) for an intense, laugh-out-loud thriller.
On The Edge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,500. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Gavin English is busy trying to save an innocent man from prison when he finds out Lt. David Reeves has fallen in love with a killer. Can the PI save both men before it's too late?
To The Bone
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,760. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Private Investigator, Gavin English, has been hired to find a teenage runaway. The job seems simple enough until another girl's body is found, and all signs point to a cannibal. Could his client's daughter be in for the same fate? Can he find her before it's too late? To The Bone is a bloody, dark, and sexy Psychological Thriller, and the first Gavin English novella.
Price: Free! Words: 7,240. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Four short stories that show little pieces of everyday darkness, with an excerpt from Ken Lindsey's To The Bone included..
The River Runes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,550. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
A young magician named Jonathan, nearly ready to take his Master's place. Then Bixby arrives in Caithiir and everything changes. The faerie only wants to know what Mother is hiding, but will his curiosity, and their budding friendship, destroy both of their worlds?

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Smashwords book reviews by Ken Lindsey

  • A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends Book 1) on July 18, 2011
    (no rating)
    A Job From Hell was another quick read for me. Jayde did a great job of giving her readers well rounded characters and a plot that was fast paced, but easy to follow. My biggest worry for this series is just how saturated the PNR market has become, I would hate to see this jewel get buried and lost in PNR purgatory. (I'm saying you should read it and tell your friends lol) There is a big, open world here, filled with vampires, demons, dangerous shadows and much more. Of course, it wouldn't be paranormal ROMANCE if there wasn't a love story. Our protagonist deals with love and lust and relationship issues all throughout the book, and it blends well into the story and helps keep the reading moving forward. This is one that I would recommend to anyone that enjoys PNR novels. I give A Job From Hell 5 stars