Kenneth Vickery

Biography

Kenneth R Vickery loves to create outlandish characters and put them in bizarre situations, to see what happens. It is part of his joy of storytelling. It often lets him embrace social issues from a new and humorous perspective.
He doesn’t like to stick to a literary genre. His characters have driven stories that are thrillers, sea changes, ghost stories and science fiction. He admits he is a bit of a tart. These stories contrast, love, loyalty, and kindness, with greed, anger, and hatred. He hopes that this will expose the lazy bigotry that can mar our society.
His female characters, always get a lot stronger than first envisioned, sometimes taking over the whole story. There are often strong father-daughter themes. He can’t explain why, but when he seeks warm and witty characters, it just happens.
Kenneth retired from the mental health field to concentrate on his writing in 2017. He has been working on his writing for over twenty years and recommends writing groups and book clubs. He also reads many books, now using audiobooks due to his failing eyesight.
Kenneth lives in Perth, Western Australia, with his wife. They have two adult sons.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
The creative process is just dreaming. Well, dreaming and writing it down at the same time if I can. When I have gaps in the story that my dreams aren’t filling for me, I have to find the right question to ask, like what would my character have to do to justify someone saying, “you are all my favourite people rolled into one”, or how does this story contrast with Pinocchio? Other than that, I just sit down and write every day if I can.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am a big fan of Barbara Kingsolver. She is always a good read. I look for Australian authors, but they often have too much gritty realism for my taste. I did however, enjoyed Antonia Hayes’ “Relativity” and “Crimson Lake” By Candice Fox.
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Where to find Kenneth Vickery online

Books

Marketing for Writers
Pre-release—available September 3, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,860. Language: English. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Good writing is as unaffected and engaging as talking about work with our friends. Good marketing requires us to present like a resume. It is a leap, but it doesn't have to be a big one for writers, to start using the internet to market their book.
How to Publish an eBook
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 9,810. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides
Andrew J Harvey and Kenneth R Vickery wrote this eBook to introduce writers to the skills and resources they will need to make their published work shine. It provides the supporting materials for participants of the “How to publish an eBook” Workshop, which was facilitated by the Bassendean Writer’s group in October 2019.
Bolas Buys
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,440. Language: Australian English. Published: April 5, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Sir Martin is a rich and ruthless Perth entrepreneur, who dies while celebrating with his admiring friends after making a load of money from a takeover bid. He becomes a ghost and from limbo, is horrified to witness the aftermath of his shady business deals. He dangles sticky opinions into the living world to try and stop his daughter’s ethical corporate conduct from destroying his fortune.
Poppy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 133,290. Language: Australian English. Published: September 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
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Bernard isn’t a challenge for Poppy. She thinks Bernard is a galah and with her drug syndicate, she uses the lazy bigotry of his police colleagues to destroy him. Her father is encouraging Poppy to kill people, who get in their way. Poppy knows her father has her best interests at heart, but she has never killed, and she is disappointed to find becoming a killer a challenge for her.