Kenneth Bossard began writing after a career in mortgage banking. He always loved to write, penning poems as a child and writing city-wide articles in high school.
After pledging an African-American fraternity his freshman year, Ken went on to business school and the mortgage field. He never forgot the conflicts he experienced being a brand new, born-again Christian and entering the world of college fraternities. His book details those conflicts but from a woman's perspective. Though Ken writes ably from that perspective, he believes it is because he is able to lose himself in a character so unlike his own personality. He takes it as a deep testament to God's abilities when told "I can't believe a man wrote this."
Ken lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
How did you write such an authentic woman's voice in "Cheryl's Song."
Thank you, and I feel that is the second biggest compliment I get on the book. The first is that it allowed someone to open up about an area of hurt in their relationship with the opposite sex. I know men. Growing up with two older brothers and a father in the home, being a "boy's boy," very physical and athletic and of course, all the years in the fraternity, I know how men think. Cheryl took me by surprise. Many times when I was writing, I had to hurry as she talked to get exactly what she was saying in the way she spoke in my head because I don't think like her. It was a revelation, just the tenderness and caring and yet forcefulness of her personality. The answer is that I just let her talk, didn't try to change her, and wrote what she said the way she meant it, not how I thought. I let Cheryl be Cheryl.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't start out to self-publish. I submitted Cheryl's Song to Moody Publishers. My favorite female author, Tia McCollors, was a Moody author, so I chose them. On my birthday, I got a call from them, actually from an assistant there, saying that an editor was interested and would be calling. She did, and that was the best present I could have gotten. I went to a hotel, locked myself in for three days, began fasting and praying, and the final day I was certain of two things: first, I was going to get my master's degree from American University's a School of Journalism and that I should apply immediately, and second, Cheryl's Song would be self-published, and I should retain all rights. Now, how either of those two things were going to become reality, I had not a clue.
Delta sorority sister Cheryl Fields has the brothers of Gamma Beta Psi in check. They know she knows their charm and womanizing ways are just fuel for a deep need to be respected and seen as strong. She respects men and knows how deeply men want to respect her. She lets them.
What she doesn't understand is what love means. She gets it. She gives it. But understanding comes slowly.