Kenner is the author of THE FIRST – an action thriller with a bit of magical realism (soft sci-fi) and horror. It’s the first of a planned ongoing series of 3 novels, and by the looks of it, might appeal to fans of the Unbreakable, Split, and Glass movies.
Tell us about yourself and how you got into writing:
I’ve been writing short stories for 30 years, since getting my degree in English – Creative Writing and have dozens of stories published in print and online, including in Japan, where I lived for 3 years.
Tell us about your stories:
I was educated to write contemporary literature, like my favorite authors Cormac McCarthy, John Updike, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Shirley Jackson. But I also love reading no-nonsense thriller writings like Lee Child. So my writing is a mix of all of that, with a bit of magical realism and horror just to keep it fun. A reader recently described my first novel, THE FIRST, as a mix of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Deadpool with the imagination of Kurt Vonnegut and the insight of Camus. I don’t know about all of that, but it sounds impressive.
What kind of success have you had?
I won a few writing contests in college and published in a few print journals that got me some university press recognition but I joined the corporate world and my creative juices ran dry. I’m back now writing full time and readers seem to really enjoy my first novel. My next book will probably be out by May and interest seems high.
What books/authors are your greatest influence?
I read very widely and mostly read non-fiction science and history. As I’ve grown older, I keep going back to some of the same fiction books that I fell in love with the first time I read them: Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree, the short stories of Shirley Jackson, the Rabbit novels by John Updike and many of his short stories, Shogun by James Clavell, the stories of Robert E Howard (Conan the Barbarian), Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan and John Carter novels. And, lastly, the gritty westerns of Elmore Leonard. I first read all of these somewhere between 20 – 40 years ago. I believe it’s important to support new writers but readers and writers both are best served by being exposed to the greats of previous generations.
Give us an insight into a time you wrote a scene with feeling.
The ending of my first novel has, for me, a sense of awe and true romantic love that I didn’t exactly intend and didn’t even see coming. It just happened organically and so I left it as it poured out. The book is in no way a romance but I suppose that love really does find a way..
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