Saturday, November 19, 2016

Books: Meet talented UK suspense writer Ken Fry

Another talented UK writer has graced us with his presence on the blog to tell us more about his five star-rated books. Don't miss his thrilling interview below.
 
Ken, please tell us where you are from and a little about your background.

I’m from the UK and live in a small country village in the south of England.
 
When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

From the age of about twelve I was aware that I enjoyed the process of writing and was advised to get into newspapers. I didn’t. Events overtook me and I became consumed by the world of commerce. My first ever job was in a bank! I find that hard to believe.

I had a reasonable education but was always more interested in English and the world of classical writing. Indeed all my pet animals have been named after great writers.

Practiced a bit in my early thirties and then entered the world of magazine publishing. I was forever tinkering around with story ideas that I never knew what to do with. That changed after my university degrees in Literature. I quit business.

Seems writing was your real calling! What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

They seem to pick me, but my work hovers around greed, ambition, and murder all of which impregnate our global village. Of late, a touch of quasi-religious mystery or supernatural has crept in, as with The Lazarus Succession, which will be re-released later in the New Year. 

I have always admired authors like Henry James, Hermann Hesse, Franz Kafka, Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler and of course the plays of Wm. Shakespeare... I could go on and on.

Since we're talking about favorite authors, do you have a favorite one? Who? What's your favorite book? Has this author or book influenced your writing in any way?

As I said earlier, Henry James does it for me. The craftsmanship is unbelievable and you can see that in A Portrait of a Lady.

I suppose in my imagination I long to write an agonised soul masterpiece. When that occurs, I go and have a few beers until the feeling goes away! That’s an influence I guess (I don’t mean the beers). But today’s busy world of writing has little accommodation for lengthy prose and literary attempts.
 
Excellent choice. How many books have you published? Do you have a favorite?

To date I have four largish novels out and a couple of short stories. On file I have several other novels in the pipeline. Of my own work, I enjoyed The Brodsky Affair and The Lazarus Succession, but Suicide Seeds in terms of commercial success has pipped them all at the post.

They sound great. What is your favorite quote, and who wrote it?

My favourite quote, which some say comes from Earnest Hemingway, but I think it’s from Ashwin Sanghi. It sums up my sentiments and attitude.

‘Write when drunk, edit when sober... Marketing is the hangover.’

Perfect, it does sums up a lot about writing. Are you optimistic/hopeful/romantic?

The answer is YES to all three.



And what are you working on now?

I have one book awaiting an edit that deals with the war in Sierra Leone a while back. 

Am currently working on a story set in Israel and deals with shadowy religious style organisations and the discovery of importance that relates to the Book of Revelations… that’s all I’m going to say about it.

Intriguing! Keep the mystery going. But where can we find out more about you and your work?

If you want more information, pics, etc. go to www.booksbykenfry.com or my Amazon page at Author.to/BooksbyKenFry.

Wonderful. Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Indie authors by and large are embraced in the love of writing, that like mine, can often be faulty and sometimes pretty much okay. If you want a modicum of success, I found I needed a few things in my armoury.  In no particular order, a great cover that should reflect the narrative content.… Add to this an editor who understands my narrative and is prepared to challenge me, (In the nicest possible way) as to what’s bad, not required or is even needed, to lick it into shape as a respectable saleable piece of work.

Add to that the need in this Indie world for the thing most authors dislike… that is marketing, marketing, and yet more persistent marketing of both author and book. 

Never be afraid of it, for without it, unless the gods have your name on their tongues, you will never make it. 

I hope that’s covered all your points…. Many thanks for the opportunity to participate. 

Ken Fry
 
Thank you so much, Ken. We wish you the best in your writing career!
 
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