Author Interview with Ken Floro III

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I’m hosting an interview today with author Ken Floro III, the author of epic fantasy novel “The Rising Wind”. Thanks for answering my questions, Ken!

Author Interview

1) Please tell us about yourself.

I grew up in the Southside of Saint Louis, nursing a lifelong creative ambition, which gained direction when a funny true story I wrote for a high school English class became so popular with my classmates they traded copies of it in the hall and passed them up and down the bus. Ever since, I’ve been writing as a passion and a hobby.

2) Tell us about your book in five sentences or less.

Have you ever dreamed of being swept into adventure alongside a dashing knight or two? Would you be outraged if you were suddenly thrust into terrifying dangers against your will? What if you found yourself trapped on a cursed island, in the middle of a haunted sea, surrounded by your worst enemies? When a conniving treasure-hunter hijacks the Rising Wind, its passengers will find themselves facing all this and more!

3) What inspired you to write The Rising Wind?

I strive to write the kinds of stories I’ve always wanted to read. After selecting a cast of characters, I set them loose to find their own way forward. Occasionally I’ll get premonitions about obstacles they might face, but from scene to scene, I most often have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen next. Instead, once I start writing, I get to enjoy a front-row seat as the characters figure things out for themselves and live the adventure. I’m just along for the ride to transcribe the action for posterity.

4) How many hours per week do you spend writing?

That depends entirely on the week. Usually, I write in those scarce free hours between work and trying to have a life. That committment has yielded eight published books so far. However, since I became a parent last year, my free time has rapidly diminised. I’ve managed to squeak out a few things here and there, but I fear my creative output may be indefinitely demoted to a trickle.

5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?

First, I’d like to meet Edward Gibbon, the author of the massive “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” I’m sure this probably sounds weird, but the abridged version of his epic six volume work was the first book I ever read that made me cry at the end. In my never-humble opinion, the poetry of his language puts even Shakespeare to shame.

Second, I’d like to meet Jack London. His autobiographical books “The Road” and “John Barleycorn” were a huge influence on my own autobiographical stories.

Finally, I’d like to meet Matt Hughes, my favorite living author. The obvious craft and detailed attention he brings to his fiction sets an example I strive to match.

The Rising Wind

The Rising Wind Cover final - CopyTitle: The Rising Wind

Author: Ken Floro III

Genre: Fantasy / Adventure

Have you ever dreamed of being swept into adventure alongside a dashing knight or two? Would you be outraged if you were suddenly thrust into terrifying dangers against your will? What if you found yourself trapped on a cursed island, in the middle of a haunted sea, surrounded by your worst enemies? When a conniving treasure-hunter hijacks the Rising Wind, its passengers will find themselves facing all this and more!

The same trick didn’t work a third time. When Marc stepped into the ring of firelight and shouted a challenge, his adversaries shrank into the shadows across from him – more cautious now than they had been earlier. Their broad limbs and hulking silhouettes prowled the darkness at the edge of the forest, disguising their numbers. Standing exposed, in the open clearing, Marc felt vulnerable, but he knew he couldn’t run. For an anxious moment, he just stood there, uncertain what to do next. The curse of inexperience was lack of foresight, and Marc hadn’t stopped to calculate an alternative in case his original plan failed. Now he had to think on the spot. Unfortunately the present circumstance was no place for contemplation. So, in that dangerous moment, he acted on instinct.

 Author Bio

Ken was born and raised in the Southside of Saint Louis. By the way, did you know Saint Louis was named after King Louis IX? He was the only French monarch ever to be sainted, in part because he led two Crusades (which didn’t go so well), but mostly because his grandson, Phillip the Fair, sort of abducted the papacy to France after finagling one of his henchmen into becoming Pope. Since adding a saint to the family tree would put a little extra burnish on his royal reputation, Phillip had his pet Pope, Clement V, do him a solid. You’re welcome for the trivia.

Now, where was I? Oh, yeah, we were talking about Ken Floro III. After earning a degree in World Literature, followed by a degree in Culinary Arts, Ken soon made the obvious career move and went to work in medicine. If you’re having any trouble guessing why, then you’ve obviously never served time in the literary or culinary fields. A little taste of reality can suddenly turn a healthy paycheck, normal working hours, and long-term job security into sumptuous delicacies.

Despite the sudden change in his employment trajectory, Ken never turned away from his dream of writing. He’d nurtured a lifelong creative ambition, which had gained direction when a funny true story he wrote for a high school English class became so popular with his classmates they traded copies of it in the hall and passed them up and down the bus. After that, as they say, ‘the die was cast’.

By the way, the ancient historian Suetonius originally coined that phrase, claiming Julius Caesar said it when he crossed the River Rubicon – but in Latin, of course, iacta alea est. Ever since, those words have been used to indicate a portentous moment that affects the course of all subsequent history. In Caesar’s case, crossing the Rubicon sparked the first of the civil wars that ultimately destroyed the Roman Republic and replaced it with that institution most abhorrent to traditional Romans (who had all been conveniently killed or exiled by then): monarchy. In Ken’s case, in just means that English paper led him to focus on writing as a means to channel what the voices in his head kept telling him.

Wait! Did I say ‘the voices in his head’? Whoops, sorry. Just a little joke there – ha-ha! What I meant to say was that Ken turned to writing to express the, uh, inspiration he received from . . . the muses. That’s sounds less crazy, doesn’t it? Yeah, let’s go with that. The editor can fix all this later, right? Anyway, ever since that catalytic moment in high school, Ken has been writing as a hobby and a passion. Thus far, he’s published eight books, along with several other tidbits, all of which are available on his website, southsidecavaliers.com.

Links

Website: southsidecavaliers.com

Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/The-Rising-Wind-Chronicle-Company/dp/0984711767/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371812065&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rising+wind+ken

Amazon (Kindle) http://www.amazon.com/The-Rising-Wind-Chronicle-Paperback/dp/B00CP6Q7W2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1371812065&sr=8-3&keywords=the+rising+wind+ken

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-rising-wind-ken-floro-iii/1115635218?ean=9780984711765

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