William Kenney

Biography

William Kenney is an American writer of fantasy fiction. He writes mainly dark epic fantasy and has also written in the horror genre. Kenney began writing while in high school, trying his hand at novels in the science fiction and fantasy genre. After reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, he began to focus on epic fantasy. In the year 2000 Kenney wrote A Dream of Storms, the first book of the In the Shadow of the Black Sun trilogy. This book was eventually published in July of 2011, with its sequel Shards of S'Darin being released a year later. 2014 saw the release of the final book in the trilogy called Mournenhile.

William Kenney has also written 2 books in his Tales of Embremere series aimed at younger readers. Book one is entitled Embremere, with Return to Embremere being its sequel.

Kenney has also published a horror novella called Undergrowth as an homage to H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, a horror novel called Ingheist and Die Dead Enough, a story of the zombie apocalypse.

William Kenney is also an accomplished artist, having painted the covers to his own books as well as many by independent authors. He currently lives in the St. Louis area, is married and has two children.

Twitter- @WilliamJKenney
Blog- AuthorWilliamKenney.blogspot.com
Writers Circle- SkulldustCircle.blogspot.com

Visit the Facebook page for A Dream of Storms at http://www.facebook.com/ADreamofStorms

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
With Maidenjade, I wanted to create a shared world where several writers could contribute short stories that all take place in the same dark city. In the end, only Stefain chose to participate. Now that we are published, I am glad that only the two of us took part in the creation of this world. We now have a definite direction that we are taking this tale. The city is a den of thieves and assassins, a place that no right-minded soul would want to visit.
Book Description: The jade was cursed, that's what the people believed and it quickly grew out of favor. The city of Maidenjade relied on the stone, it was the entire reason for its existence. As those with coin left the city, only the most dangerous scavengers remained; thieves, assassins and those with nowhere else to go. The stories within this volume tell the tales of those unfortunate souls that still call Maidenjade their home, each trying to scrape out an existence in this filthy and ill-fated place. Some steal to survive, others kill.

And then there is the city beneath the city, referred to as the Deepdark or the Shivers. This subterranean maze is home to dark magic and the horrific creatures that serve it, with passages that seemingly shift overnight. Those who are sent on jobs below are paid a premium, though most would flat-out refuse.

William Kenney and Stefain bring you stories filled with colorful characters and dramatic events. Do you dare walk the streets of Maidenjade? If so, wear the iron, my friend. It may turn away those spectral creatures that would drag you beneath the dirt.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By joining Smashwords I have extended my reach and made my work available to many more readers across the world. Smashwords has taken a lot of the headache away from distributing my work to many ebook sellers online.
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Books

Maidenjade Book 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,970. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The jade was cursed, that's what the people believed and it quickly grew out of favor. The city of Maidenjade relied on the stone, it was the entire reason for its existence. As those with coin left the city, only the most dangerous scavengers remained; thieves, assassins and those with nowhere else to go. The stories within this volume tell the tales of those unfortunate souls that dwell there.
Die Dead Enough
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,670. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In a club in downtown St. Louis, a rock band performs onstage. The power goes out to the entire city, throwing everything into darkness and the nightmare begins. Follow musicians and brothers Conor and Aiden as they are abruptly thrown into this horrific world where the dead rise to consume the living. A relentless, non-stop action novel chronicling the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.
Ingheist
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,450. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Ingheist, a university located in mysterious Fallow's Down - a veritable magnet for the weird - calls officer Simon Heath in for an interview and odd things begin to immediately transpire. Dark splotches of mold begin to appear in his home, spreading like mad and nearly impossible to remove. Are his eyes playing tricks on him? What unholy purpose does Ingheist have for him? Is it too late to run?
In the Shadow of the Black Sun: The Complete Trilogy
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 366,250. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
In the Shadow of the Black Sun: The Complete Trilogy contains the following books: Book One: A Dream of Storms, Book Two: Shards of S'Darin, Book Three: Mournenhile All 3 books in the Epic Fantasy Trilogy are included in one file with illustrations by the author.
Mournenhile
Series: In the Shadow of the Black Sun, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 150,760. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Windenn has returned, changed and all-powerful, coveting S'Darin's staff, her twisted mind set on destroying Mournenhile. When a young and foolish prince takes it upon himself to wrest Harquinn from Malhain's control, a chain of events will be set in motion, bringing Men, Elves and even Dwarves into a climactic battle that will change the world of Kirkaldin forever. Just under 500 pages.
Shadewraiths over Pandaria
Series: In the Shadow of the Black Sun, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,820. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
This short story takes place roughly forty years before A Dream of Storms (Book 1 of the In the Shadow of the Black Sun series) and the author highly recommends that you read that book before Shadewraiths over Pandaria. Within the city of Lauden, the old man Trune is known as the village drunk, mostly useless and full of make-believe stories of his past. Here, the truth is revealed.
Undergrowth
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,330. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A Horror Novella A madness had hung over the Dinbury house for years. After his father commits suicide in front of him and on a public street, Chet sets about trying to unravel the mystery of his father's insanity. What secrets lie hidden in his father's study, full of odd artifacts and books of ancient lore. What is that sickly sound that he hears in the night and why can't his wife hear it?
Return to Embremere
Series: Tales of Embremere, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,050. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Horrific creatures have begun to appear in The Under. Through the careless use of Wychan magic, Grivvin has unknowingly resurrected long dead monsters lying at the bottom of Lake Embremere. It is soon discovered that only magic can destroy them, physical weapons only stopping them temporarily. Can Grivvin and his new friends find a way to rid the Under of this unholy horde?
Embremere
Series: Tales of Embremere, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 43,800. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
The majestic city of Embremere had been built on an immense platform high above the surface of the lake, with the poor and criminal element creating their own society below it in a world they called The Under. Into this world, Grivvin Lo'Rynin is exiled. Can Grivvin survive in this strange land and unlock the secrets of Wychan magic to seek revenge on the nobles that branded him useless?
Shards of S'Darin (In the Shadow of the Black Sun, Book 2)
Series: In the Shadow of the Black Sun, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 122,150. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Malhain and the forces of Mournenhile now occupy the west's most important stronghold. Now Davaris, possibly the last living mage, pulls the others along on a seemingly impossible quest; to gather the remnants of S'Darin's staff, thought destroyed on the battlefield long ago. The only person that knows the location of the staff is a madman, locked away in the island asylum called Harrow Isle.
A Dream of Storms, In the Shadow of the Black Sun: Book One
Series: In the Shadow of the Black Sun, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 95,120. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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Reluctant hero Hagan Marindel is called on to fulfill his oath, to return to battle if the land needed him. Gorin, the Stone Troll, had been sent to retrieve him and make him honor his word. Elfwhere is burning and the Rot is infecting people at random. With the servants of Mournenhile swarming across the land, can Hagan and his companions reach the city of Mages in time?.

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  • Wothlondia Rising: The Anthology on Dec. 16, 2013

    A great introduction to the characters in the Realm of Ashenclaw setting. Sets up the story perfectly for book 2, Covenant of the Faceless Knights. You can't beat the price!