Ken Kuhlken


Ken's stories have appeared in Esquire and dozens of other magazines and anthologies, been honorably mentioned in Best American Short Stories, and earned a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He has been a frequent contributor and a columnist for the San Diego Reader.

His novels are Midheaven, a finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Award for best first novel, The Loud Adios (Private Eye Writers of America Best First Mystery Novel, 1989), The Venus Deal, The Angel Gang, The Do-Re-Mi (a January Magazine best book of 2006 and a finalist for the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel), and The Vagabond Virgins,
The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles, and The Good Know Nothing.

He has also published (at Hickey's Books) a memoir, a road saga (with Alan Russell), and two indispensable guides for writers.

He lives on a hill overlooking Mexico and the Pacific Ocean with his daughter Zoe, their cat, and some chickens.

He reads a lot, avoids most television, often attends church, blogs on books, writing, and education, teaches writing, and enjoys smacking balls with a bat and clubs.

Where to find Ken Kuhlken online

Where to buy in print


Cars: California Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,060. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016 by Hickey's Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Cars: California Stories: The lowdown about a state we all should visit though we might not want to risk living there.
Write Smart
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,930. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013 by Hickey's Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Arts
Ken Kuhlken shares insights gained over thirty-some years as a novelist and professor. By following the Write Smart process, writers will efficiently conceive, create, revise, and sell their stories.
Reading Brother Lawrence
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,620. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011 by Hickey's Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity
The Practice of the Presence of God is a classic of Christian literature, loved by Catholics and Protestants, praised by the likes of John Wesley and A.W. Tozer. During a troubled time, novelist Ken Kuhlken discovered the book helped him find some peace and promised even more if he could fully understand. Reading Brother Lawrence chronicles his search for understanding.
No Cats, No Chocolate
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,310. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2010 by Hickey's Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In No Cats, No Chocolate, mystery authors Ken Kuhlken and Alan Russell hit the road with high hopes and dreams of winning the fame they're convinced they deserve, as guests on a national television show.
Road Kill
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,650. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2010 by Hickey's Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Road Kill introduces Ken Kuhlken and Alan Russell, an odd pair of mystery writers on an epic journey to convince America's readers. to buy their books. But allied against them are dark forces perhaps led by their competitors.
Writing and the Spriit
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,120. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2010 by Hickey's Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Ken Kuhlken, much acclaimed author of stories, novels, and essays, has long puzzled over the mystery we call inspiration. Here he offers insights about attitudes, habits and practices through which all manner of artists find themselves inspired. Writing and the Spirit is a guide to living as a successful and valuable artist.

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