Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.
Ken: I am Ken Ward and am 52 years old I live in Norfolk and am married as well as my wife I share the house with a Poodle called Dougie. Norfolk is a good place to live and the area lends itself to my writing. I have the choice of writing at home or within 20 minutes I can be at the coast or in the countryside.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
Ken:Sharp pencils, usually 5 or 6 lined up on the table beside my pads of paper. Music on in the background and an endless supply of coffee.
Beverly: When did you start to write?
Ken:I first attempted writing 15 years ago, but took it seriously 4 years ago when I joined a local writing group and self published my first book One Good Shot
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
Ken: Someone who knows what they want to do, but at the same time is understanding of the people around them.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
Ken: My favorite character is Detective Inspector Ray Keane who is the policeman that my books are centered around. He is in the first 2 books and the 3rd one currently being written follows him on another case. Throughout the stories you get to follow his private life as well.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
Ken: Dialogue was the hardest thing I had to learn to write, to be able to make sure the conversations flowed as they do in real life. Other scenes are ok to write as long as I take my time and have someone read them through to make sure they are realistic.
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
Ken: Colin Dexter as these were the first books I read that I wanted to know what happened to a character in the next book. The character was Inspector Morse
Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book girlfiend”? From what book? Author?
Ken: It would be Jane Rizzolo from the Tess Gerritsen books.
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
Ken: I am boring in that I would try things but do not consider them kinky.
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
Ken: I like a heroine who stands up for herself as I think women can be emotionally as strong as a man.
Tamara: Oh, I like that!
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
Ken: 3 years ago via the internet someone who sounded ideal and within an hour of meeting them she wanted to change what clothes I wore and to get me to drink less coffee it was never going to happen.
Tamara: Drink less coffee! That is a punishable offense. Good thing you got rid of HER. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)
Ken: Pencils and Paper. My wife and a gun
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
Ken:Cakes as I have to watch my waistline.
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
Ken: Never set goals just always enjoy everything that happens as I feel life is too short.
Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment? It can’t be worse than mine… getting caught in the back of an orange Gremlin by the police!
Ken: Compared to yours Beverly it is boring when I first started work I got caught taking the mickey out of my boss, so learned quickly to always check who was about before I spoke.
Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?
Ken: Blue has just always been a favorite colour of mine, may be due to all the differing shades you get.
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
Ken: My wife Jan who I married in 2012 after several years on my own she showed me how to laugh again and enjoy life. Also she is very supportive of all my writing.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?
Ken: My wife and in a way I hope most people who meet me.
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Briefs
Coffee or Tea? Coffee and lots of it
Hairy chest or smooth? Jan says she enjoys running her fingers through my chest hair
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Kinky or Sweet? Sweet
Fast or slow? Slow
Public or private? Private
Top or bottom? Side by side
Ken Ward has been writing for the past 4 years, and his first book One Good Shot introducing D.I. Ray Keane was self published in October 2010. By talking to other authors via social media sites he was fortunate to meet Nicola Ormerod who founded Vamptasy Publishing. When Nicola set up another part of the group under Karabeth Publishing she re- issued One Good Shot and after two short stories being available on Amazon, Karabeth were happy to publish his second book Tower of Silence which sees the story follow Ray Keane as he works another case and also introduces more about his personal life. Currently I am writing the third book in this series it is titled Knife of Honour.
I am 52 years old and am originally from Essex and now live in Norfolk in the East of England, the house is shared with my wife Jan and a 2 year old poodle called Dougie. After several years on my own which is when the writing started to take form, I met Jan and we got married in August 2012. This new phase of my life has seen my writing being a major part of my life, with the support of Jan I feel very lucky and just want to write. It is also making my writing flow easier and enjoyable. The area I live in is very good to inspire my writing as there is countryside or coastal areas all within easy reach. I am able to write anywhere and can shut out distractions, I always write first in longhand which means wherever I go I have a notebook and pencil handy, then I type up the words while editing and changing things, after printing and reading through with a red pen by my side I make final changes.
My main aims through my writing is to follow the character D.I. Keane to see where his life goes. The other thing I like about it is to be able to encourage people to read, I was very pleased that a friend who admitted she didn’t read a lot bought my first book then was waiting for the next one, but also carried on to read other books. Having been an avid reader for as long as I can remember I do feel it is important to get people reading.
I am happy for people to contact me with questions and can be reached at email@example.com or via my facebook page. To see all my stories and more from other authors check out www.karabeth.co.uk
Finally thanks to everyone who has read my books and I hope they have enjoyed them.
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D.I. Ray Keane returns; his task, to discover why young boys are being abducted. With no obvious connection, why are these youngsters being targeted. When the first body is discovered at a local landmark Keane is reminded of his first case as a D.I. fifteen years earlier. This case comes at a critical time. Just as he is about to make an important personal announcement, that he hopes will keep everyone happy. When a storm hits the Norfolk coastline on par with the hurricane of 1987 the team may just get the lucky break they need.