Ken Blowers

Biography

"I like to get well into my stories from Page 1. They are low in background trivia and high in rich dialogue and action. I have no interest in how my characters are dressed, or how they walk or talk – unless it’s directly related to the way they act. This makes my short stories short and punchy. They are all the better for that.” Ken Blowers.

Ken Blowers is a 'Queensland Senior' writer of short stories and one-act plays. He was born in 1934, the youngest of seven children in the small fishing port of Lowestoft, Suffolk, England. His father died in 1939 when he was only 5. As a 6 year old he suffered the trauma of enforced evacuation from a coastal area threatened by enemy invasion. The returning home a year later to face the rigors of heavy enemy bombing. On leaving school at the age of 15 in 1949, Ken became an apprentice coachbuilder - at that time a woodworking trade! He was made redundant on immediately on completion of his apprenticeship at the age of 21. Thereafter he engaged in a variety of employment spheres to support his young wife and two children: fitter, car salesman, electrical salesman, postman, insurance agent, factory manager, shopkeeper, and barman. Disillusioned with his employment prospects and looking for a new start, he applied, through Australia House in London, for enlistment in the Royal Australian Air Force. He signed up on a Wednesday afternoon, flew out on the Thursday, and arrived in Australia on the Saturday (27 November 1965) which, he has been known to say, demonstrates how desperately Australia needed him!

Having enlisted as a clerk he quickly taught himself to type so he could move to a higher pay level!. Having no formal education qualifications at all, he enrolled in the Victorian Correspondence School (for kids in the bush!) and after attaining matriculation standard, he eventually become a commissioned officer.

In 1985, at the age of 51 and after 20 years Air Force service, he retired (with the rank of Squadron Leader). Ken and his wife Jean lived on a 28 acre property, where he bought and built a steel-framed home, over looking the valley. In 1992 the author and his wife moved from NSW to Queensland to be closer to their two daughters and their three grandchildren.

Interestingly, it was their happy experiences together in their local U3A play-reading classes that encouraged him to take up the pen! He has since become a prolific writer of 1,000 daily quotations, 48 short stories, and 40 one-act plays.

He now lives in Mitchelton, a north-west suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

And he recently retired from writing a total of 30,000 postings in Ken’s Corner, in his UK, Suffolk, home town website lowestoftonline.

“To write good short stories you don’t have to live to a ripe old age first– but it sure helps. I can’t stop writing short stories. My characters just won’t let me.””
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Books

Bites of Ben Urglar
Price: Free! Words: 13,120. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Faced with the daunting task of providing a monthly information article for the local Neighbourhood Watch newsletter, Ken created the character of Ben (B.Urglar), to convey "advice" on security (or the lack of it!) in a humorous way. In these short, diary-style reports, Ben boasts of his traditional "skills", bemoans new technology and shows a mature understanding of human behaviour.
Dinner Date At Mt Isa
Price: Free! Words: 15,850. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
'Dinner Date At Mt Isa' is the final volume in Ken Blowers' series of delightful short stories. The first story takes us to the quintessential Aussie town of Mt Isa to chase mysterious shadows. The last is a surprise prelude to Ken's new volume of stories starring B. Urglar, These short stories have something to offer everyone.
Lunch On Lowestoft Pier
Price: Free! Words: 18,670. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In this fifth release in a series, Ken takes the reader on a journey winds amongst stories ranging in settings from the eastern shores of England to the Gold Coast. These locations serve as the perfect backdrop for Ken's character's to come to life.
Smoko At East Seaham
Price: Free! Words: 17,950. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
'Smoko At East Seaham' by Ken Blowers, is the fourth in a series of delightful collections of light-hearted short stories. The nine short stories are just the right ‘bite size morsels’ to have during ‘Smoko’. Take a break with a cup of your favourite beverage and lift your day with a scone and a laugh or two.
Morning Tea Near Mitchelton
Price: Free! Words: 25,840. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
'Morning Tea Near Mitchelton' by Ken Blowers, is the third in a series of delightful collections of light-hearted short stories. Join Ken on another journey through eight short stories which are perfect in content and length to read when stopping for a break for Morning Tea. Guaranteed to leave you chuckling with your cuppa!
Breakfast on the Way to Brisbane
Price: Free! Words: 19,140. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
'Breakfast on the Way to Brisbane' by Ken Blowers, is a set of nine delightful short stories, which once again takes the reader on a journey twisting and winding around South-East Queensland. Inspiration has been drawn from the trip between Caboolture and Brisbane, which serves as the perfect backdrop for Ken's character's to come to life.
Nightcap At Ningi Creek
Price: Free! Words: 17,950. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
'Nightcap at Ningi Creek' by Ken Blowers, is a delightful collection of eight light-hearted short stories. Perfect in content and length to read when relaxing with your evening nightcap, and guaranteed to leave a smile on your face!

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