Hello there folks.
Here we are once again with another thrilling episode of the Author Interview series and this juggernaut is showing no signs of slowing down!
For your entertainment tonight, may I present thriller author Ken Fry, as he kindly takes us through the mystery and suspense of his books, along with giving us some insight into his motivations and writing advice.
As always, enjoy the show and have a great evening.
Hey there Ken, fantastic to have you as a guest over here today and looking forward to hearing more about your books and writing processes.
Let’s start with your novels – you are up to four of them now, having released the fourth one in August this year – “Dying Days”, “The Lazarus Succession”, “The Brodsky Affair: Murder is a Dying Art” and “Suicide Seeds: Murder is a Growing Business”. You mention that you write mystery suspense thrillers. Tell us about each of your books, the lead characters and what kind of dangerous situations they are going to face, if they are to have a chance at surviving their fate.
DYING DAYS, was my first serious attempt at writing. It’s not a thriller in any way. It concerns the death of an ex-RAF wartime pilot and the strange legacy he leaves his surviving family.
Like many families there is a dark secret hidden there, which amidst revelations and tragedy is finally unravelled. It deals with each of his two sons and daughter as they tell their individual reactions to their early childhood and eventual adult lives.
THE LAZARUS SUCCESSION – The narrative commences with a short prologue intended to lay the foundation for what occurs later in the story. Written in the first person it describes the scene of the raising of Lazarus by Christ. This event is witnessed by an artist, Annas Zevi. He collects the winding sheets that held the body and is spoken to by Christ, who tells him that he is to paint what he saw happen. This painting becomes the first in a line of successive works across the centuries which are alleged to hold mysterious healing properties.
The successive chapters are mainly in present time and are interspersed with those relating to medieval Spain. The main characters are Broderick Ladro, himself an artist and his lover, Ulla Stuart. They are partners in a TV research company, named ‘Gordian Knots,’ specialising in art and antiquities. They are also clandestine, part-time robbers, prepared to liberate stolen or missing artefacts and works of art anywhere in the world, back to their rightful owners…mostly.
THE BRODSKY AFFAIR – Jack Manton, an art dealer and his partner, Tamsin Greene did not expect to be targets of assassination attempts. But when they began to track down the lost paintings of Russian Artist, Mikhail Brodsky, now worth millions,…that is what happens.
Berezin, a partially disabled, entrepreneurial Russian criminal, murderer and art thief employed a deadly and vicious ex Soviet agent, Vladimir Novikov to follow Manton and use whatever means necessary to steal what he finds.
The chase moved from Australia to UK, Russia and France as Interpol attempted to unravel a complex trail of murders and thefts.
In between this, Brodsky’s early life in Russia and his last days before he was executed in a Nazi concentration camp are revealed. It is in this camp that he concealed his last great work. Manton faced a perilous path of murder and deceit before Brodsky’s last, unfinished work was revealed and its destiny decided at a final confrontation. But is this where the story finally ends?
SUICIDE SEEDS – Lloyd Olsen, top executive in a major western GM seed company, NewCrop, is asked to head up the company’s West African operation. He is unaware of its criminal intent. West Africa is a staging post for a larger and highly suspect operation, that of a non-seeding, nightmare crop, dubbed the Suicide Seed, destined to pollute and ruin the whole of the continent’s agriculture.
A senior agricultural figure, a disabled Dr. Khan discovers the conspiracy but in doing so will he survive? A murderous rescue attempt is undertaken. With no guarantee of success.
What attracts you so much to the mystery suspense genre? Why do you write in this particular genre in preference to all of the other genres that you could be writing in?
I think that question should be rephrased. Why are these stories attracted to me? I don’t know. It was never what I intended to write. I had visions of writing sweeping sagas with social relevance and impact but I guess that’s not to be. I enjoy the writing of mystery and suspense and the research is fascinating. I’ll continue in this vein until I’m called elsewhere but not too likely as I have other ideas in the pipeline.
If your novels were to be made into movies, who would you cast in the lead roles?
Who would I want to play my characters is difficult, as I’m not too au fait with movie stars. Tom Hanks would make an excellent Jack Manton and DiCaprio would make an excellent Broderick Ladro. That’s about all I can answer on that question.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
The most difficult thing about writing is for me my inability to keep to a planned storyline. It is always changing and I have been known to scrap a book when I’ve bee twelve thousand words or more into it.
The easiest thing is switching on my desktop and staring at it and wondering. Otherwise I enjoy working from my hand written notes.
Who are some of the authors in general that inspire you?
There have been many. Hermann Hesse springs to mind, Franz Kafka, Raymond Carver and George Gissing. I could go on a bit more as so many have a uniquely defined quality that you don’t find in other authors.
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
I use reference books, atlases, biographies and historical volumes, which I link in with my narratives also in conjunction with the Internet. I’ve travelled quite a bit and employ also that which I have seen and heard.
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
I don’t know the hard answer to that. But ever since I was a boy I loved to write little stories but not until later in life did I take it up. Once started I wished I had started years back.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
A frequent occurrence. I go and have a few beers, take the dog for a walk, forget about writing, a few more beers and then go to bed with notebook and pen. My best ideas seem to formulate themselves at night and wake me up. I have to write them down or I’m liable to forget.
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
I read to gather inspiration, watch a few films on my kindle when in bed and take ‘Dickens’ my Shetland Sheep Dog for long walks.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
Have one completed story in the wings…a genre I’ve never approached before. It’s a historical tale set in the time and action of the Third Crusade…It has an element of truth in it and concerns the story of a female Crusader who was mentioned in Saladin’s court papers…It deals with her early life, banishment to a nunnery, her escape and quest to find her knightly lover in the Holy Land. There are others floating around but I’ll keep those under wraps for now.
(Is That You, Jim? came out after this interview was conducted and is available to buy now)
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
Don’t despair for if you were meant to write nothing is going to stop you. I always take a notebook and pen around me and record countless scenes, encounters and snippets of other people’s conversations. They become an important source of reference…and finally…edit when sober!
And that’s a wrap! Thanks for spending time with us Ken, looking forward to spending some time checking our your intriguing books 🙂
Bio:- (in Ken’s own words)
“Writing, I started far too late in life. It’s been a tough journey with little financial reward but one that’s preserved my sanity and given me immense satisfaction. I’ve learnt much and have even more to learn. There are plenty of ideas and I have a file of unfinished books. Whatever I plan invariably changes without me asking it to do so. This happens time and time again. I’m not the most orderly of scribblers and am guilty of writing notes and ideas on backs of envelopes and scrap paper. I invariably lose these.
Many of my ideas wake me at night in bed, and I have, since long ago, resorted to keeping pen and notebook close to my pillow to record my Nobel Prize winning thoughts. I love the research aspect involved in writing, the things I can learn are amazing, and I often prefer it to the actual writing! Any excuse eh?
On a personal note, I love animals very much. They don’t do my head in! I spent a lot of time wandering around the world but still have places to visit. I spent time in a Zen Buddhist monastery and that experience shaped my life and stays with me to this very day. I got involved in publishing and owned my own company, which I eventually sold. Science and the Universe have forever fascinated me. What man has achieved in this field are amongst the greatest of our achievements.
I also have a degree and a Masters in English Literature. But whatever you’ve got, including those of Creative Writing don’t hold too much water in this crazy creative area you’ve chosen to embark on…I love you all…Ken.”
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Still want more? Well, Ken’s books have elements of suspense and mystery, where secrets are concealed and then ultimately revealed. For more articles relating to the theme of ‘Conceal’ then check out the links below:-
1. No Stone Incapable of Cratering, No Person Incapable of Influence – Site Title
2. Cryptic Clandestine – Hidden Heart
3. Carolyn’s Online Magazine – A Unique Incest Trial
4. The “Conceal” – Parkzer.com
5. shame – Midnight man in Bambalapitiya: part 3
6. Gaming The System – True_George
7. Comet – In my own pace
8. the default blogger – I see you
9. Not Concealed – My Mixed Blog
10. My Simple Blog – Concealed
11. Conceal – Thoughts Uncovered
12. Has It Always Been Like This’s Blog – Imagine and not conceal
13. in the moment – i coneal
14. It’s All in Finding the Right Words – Conceal
15. Epiphany – Mind Cleanup – March 2016
16. Glorious Impact – Conceal…What Do You Think?
17. Theresa Barker – Lab Notes – Revenge
18. Merry Moon – Conceal; A Haiku
19. shame – Spilt disgrace
20. Honest Lies – Worldly Words
21. The Inkwell – Hidden Intentions
22. Writing The Girl – Little Tub Of Lies
23. MC’s Whispers – Contractual Obligations
24. I’m a full-fledged book addict – Let it goooo
25. Random Acts of Snark – Conceal
26. Conceal – Journey of a Happy Girl
27. Conceal ~ No Escape – Word Adventures
28. Bittersweet Sensations – conceal no more
29. Daily Prompt – Conceal – Hope
30. Han Lantawan – To a Friend
31. Be a Human, Not a Pressure Cooker. – mojitowithatwist
32. tuckedintoacorner – undercover
33. A Reading Writer – Hibernate
34. Awake & Dreaming – Conceal
35. TamBorgia’s NaNoWriMo – Beneath the Covers
36. Tommia’s Tablet – Concealed
37. t a s t e & s e e ! – My Back Story
38. sprawly – Conceal to Survive
39. 20160329 Daily Paws – The Daily Pause
40. Concealed – Mac’s World
41. Sacrificial Chain Breaker – CONCEAL AND CARRY
42. The Daily Post – Progressing into Solitude – Conceal The Ugly Truth
43. Reality Through Fiction – Beneath Waves of Humans Origins
44. Value of Marketing 🙂 – site for ever
45. Infinity Dreamer – Concealing Everything
46. Le Drake Noir – Count down for arrival
47. Different Ways To Success – Don’t Stress YourSelf Out Wth Things You Can’t Control or Change
48. lifestyleofindians – Conceal your ideas- Expose the marketing
49. Your Nibbled News (c) 2016 – Bloggers conceal true intent
50. Meu Tarot – O que voce tanto esconde?
51. Colder by the Lake – Concealed
52. New Theme Revealed. Finally. – along the side of the road
53. Amore Rocks – Break the Concealing Shell
54. Conceal, or Don’t Feel – Geek Ergo Sum
55. Impromptu Promptlings – Concealing the Real Me…
56. We Are All Slightly Agnostic – Mars Gone Mad
57. Fluffy Pool – Thumbs Up
58. Reflections – Conceal to reveal?
59. They, You and Me – my soul
60. The Gad About Town – Nothing to Conceal
61. Dreams in Alaska – The Eyes
62. Hot White Snow – Concealed Carry
63. A bunny in the grass – Willow’s Corner
64. Daily Prompt – March 29, 2016
65. Prompt for the day: “Conceal” – Saint P. Blogging
66. Poem: Senyru – “Chameleon ” – Mandibelle16
67. sparksfromacombustiblemind – Hidden From the Light
68. Why do you conceal? – A Peek Within
69. Concealing my identity – In my world
70. La Tour Abolie – Slightly Awkward
71. a cooking pot and twistedtales – Concealing Concealer…
72. Giggles & Tales – Conceal – The Daily Prompt!
73. Wide Eyed In Wonder – Concealed
74. The Galician Lad – How to Conceal your Magic
75. Passion through Poetry – Conceal
76. Finding My Own Way – Daily Post-Conceal
77. Resigned in Silence – B up to date
78. A Sunken Thought – Are You Hidden?
79. wannabedeenbuddy – Concealment from al-Baseer
80. Conceal – Daily Prompt – A Different State of Mind
81. 83 Unsung Heroes – How To Conceal A Carrot But Not A Mars Bar
82. theblackwallblog – Single Parent
83. lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown – Hidden
84. A lot from Lydia – Concealing My Concerns
85. Flowers and Breezes – Conceal
86. Furious Curious Cancer Survivor – a concealed fact
87. sandmanjazz – Not A Very Secret Secret Service (teaser)
88. SERENDIPITY – REVEAL TO CONCEAL
89. Where’s Lamont? – I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
90. Conceal – light up the shining night stars
91. Men struggle too: A message from Wentworth Miller
92. Hot White Snow – Concealed Horrors
93. According To Greta – Famous African of the Week: Leila Lopes
94. Life with Jess – I Am Me
95. The Cat Chronicles – Daily Feline Prompt: Conceal the feline
96. Random Brain Musings – Recasting My Play…
97. Dave’s (almost) Daily Drivel – Our Ashley
98. Grieving – Just Writing!
99. Hot White Snow – Hiding in Plain Sight
100. Guard ⋆ Suziland.net
101. is this mommy life – 3 AM
102. one-word prompt CONCEAL – Poems From Psalms And Nature
103. Concealed until… – writingbyawindosill
104. Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss – Conceal
105. dolphin519 – Prompt Conceal
106. Confessions of a SAHM Site – 7 Steps to Spring Clean Your Mind, Body and Soul
107. If you’re sneaking out a window she ain’t your soulmate – write where I belong
108. Conceal – Thoughts Unlaced
109. thelonerose – Can’t conceil my excitement
110. Zombie Flamingos – Workin’ in the Backyard
111. The Conceal – NJSays
112. the15thday – blush & hide, or own it. i owned it. in super zoom mode.
113. Way2Heart – Infidelity and Regret
114. the FLAVORED word – Why you shouldn’t chew gum (& my convo with the Wicked Witch)
115. LOVE TALK – Conceal
116. Designer Sophisticate – I love makeup, but…
117. The Wandering Poet – DP Prompt ~ Conceal
118. Lantern Words – Unable To Conceal