Amazon describes my author for the day as “extremely scary, disturbing, morbid, and shocking
” – no wait! That was just the cover of his latest book. Ken Humphrey’s is not only witty but a fan of Crichton (like myself) so he can’t be all that bad. Ken started his writing journey at a parent/teacher interview when his son’s teacher sadly advised that there weren’t enough books around that really engaged fourth year students. I’m assuming “The Killing Man” Ken’s latest book, wasn’t the result of this first impedes to write. No – in fact it was Raimy Rylan the demon hunter in “The World Serpent”.
I’ll let Ken tell you more about himself in the following interview in which you will really see his wit and humour shine through. Take it away Ken!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I undertook a writing career because the Magic eight ball told me so. I asked: “What should I do?” It said: “Too tall to play sports, too smart to be a genius, might as well write something.”
Who are the literary heroes that inspire your writing?
Love Crichton as well. DeMille in his early years, Jen Roberson, Ben Winters, Helen Giltrow
Why did you decide to become an indie author?
Nothing good on TV. No seriously, it came about as a result of a parent-teacher conference. Too long for here, but my site KENHUMPHREY.COM has the full story.
What were you before you were a writer?
I was a male husband, father, short and skinny, wisecracking. Writing doesn’t seem to have changed any of that.
If you could give one piece of advice to new indie authors what would it be?
Buy my books. They serve as a great resource for how NOT to write.
What’s your number one cure for writer’s block?
Liquor and home projects. Often at the same time.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
Nobel prize. I once spelled it right on the first try.
Look out the closest window. What’s the first thing you see?
The screen on the other side. What a weird question.
Name one thing in your refrigerator that probably shouldn’t be there?
Pet penguin. He likes the cold, I guess.
What do you least like about writing?
Drama over the Oxford comma.
Finish this paragraph: “Helena shook the flashlight, hard. She ..”
…wondered why she ever bothered to name her flashlight. Hard seemed like an unusual name for an object, more like a descriptor.
100 words? Really? How can I capture the subtle sophistication of Rick Killing in a blurb that cannot exceed 100 words? It would be like trying to reduce the works of Tolstoy down to a marketing snippet. Maybe: He’s funny? Does that help? Is there a word counter on this thing?
“It starts with the violent murders of three white upstanding professionals; three crimes stark in their symbolism. The first victim is hung from a tree, iron shackles around his neck and wrists. The second is burned alive in a white hood and robe. The third, staked through with a wooden cross. Someone is sending a message, one that calls back to a dirty time in our nation’s history, but what does it all mean? Rick Killing has no idea. He’s a man of failed promise who let his life slip off track and now only wants to get his own house in order. But as the murders continue, he finds that the focus is on him. Why? Is he the next target, or the next reason? To answer those high-stakes questions, to reclaim the life he wants, Rick will have to go straight through men with plans for a new, mad world order; men who kill for cold purpose. It ends with a challenge to everything Rick has ever held close and a threat to the lives of those nearest to him. Fans of DeMille characters or TV’s Castle will enjoy Rick Killing and his nature. REVIEWS: “Killing the Man … is a thrilling story woven with wit and humor that makes it a fun and exciting read. Kenneth B. Humphrey’s writing style is lucid and relaxed, which makes the book extremely believable and the characters easy to relate to. I also enjoyed the character of the central protagonist, Rick Killing, tremendously as he handles situations with a unique mix of charm, wit, and strength. Overall, this is a good book that makes for great armchair reading. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an action-filled book packed with some fun and humor along the way.” – ReadersFavorite.com, March 2015