Author Spotlight

 Ken Stark

1.  What inspired you to write a book?

I’ve been writing since as far back as I can remember, so it’s hard to know exactly what inspired me. Probably a mixture of Twilight Zone reruns, monster movies, and the classic sci-fi stories I fell in love with as a kid by guys like Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke. I guess some part of me was always trying to escape the mundane, so I was forever trying to create new worlds and new realities. I’m sure the rest of it will all come out in therapy one day. Or maybe in a competency hearing.

2.  What does your typical writing day look like?

Actually, I have nothing like a typical writing day. I simply write when I can and for as long as I’m able. But I’ve found that I’m much more creative and productive at night, so I usually dedicate the day to marketing and catching up on emails and social media. As evening arrives, I’ll get back into my make-believe world by going over what I wrote the day before, and from then on, I’m in it until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer.

3.  Do you have a favorite book you have written?

Arcadia Falls, definitely. I love writing the Stage 3 series because anything goes in the apocalypse, but Arcadia Falls will always hold a special place in my heart. It was a true labor of love, and I’m extremely proud of how it turned out.

4.  What advice would you give to a new writer just starting out?

I always tell aspiring authors the same thing. Write the story you have in your head. Write it your way, at your own pace, and in whatever style you want, no matter what anyone tells you. The vision you are committing to paper might be exactly what the world has been waiting for, so do it your way. Even if the worst happens and your story winds up gathering dust for all of eternity, the experience you gain from actually seeing the project through from beginning to end will teach you more than any writing course ever could.

5.  Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?

Yes, absolutely! I love hearing from readers and other writers, and I try to respond to everyone. You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PennilessScribe and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PennilessScribe.  Fair warning: I spend far more time on Twitter. Sorry, Zucks.

6.  How do you handle literary criticism?

I’m perfectly fine with criticism, as long as it’s honest. Like any other form of art, books are a very personal thing. Everyone has different tastes, different likes and different dislikes. What one person hates about a piece might be just what someone else is looking for, so I don’t take any of it personally.

7.  Please describe your writing space?

I work on my computer atop a desk piled high with notebooks, scraps of paper, and more pens than I will ever be able to use in several lifetimes. It might look like a colossal mess to the uninitiated, but there is a bizarre kind of method to the cluttered madness.

8.  Who is your own favorite author?  Dead or alive.

If I’m only allowed one, I’ll have to go with H.G. Wells. I love his stories, and I love his writing style. I must have read War of the Worlds a dozen times, and I keep finding new things to love about it.

9.  What is the most helpful thing to you in this industry?

Of course, the most helpful thing for any writer is every single person who helps to spread the word. I’ve been blessed by getting to meet some of the most remarkable people in the world on social media. The friends I’ve made are the most talented and generous people I will ever get to know, and I truly appreciate every one of them.

10.  If you had to describe yourself in 3 words…what would they be?

Strangely confident introvert. Also, very bad at following instructions.

 

New and Upcoming Work:

It just so happens that the third book in the Stage 3 series, titled ‘Stage 3: Bravo’, was released in November.   In it, we get to meet a bunch of amazing new characters, who encounter a swarm unlike any which we’re seen before, and I can honestly say that Mason finally meets his match in Stage 3: Bravo.

As well, I have a story in a Halloween anthology called ‘What Lies Beyond the Shadows’, available on Amazon as we speak. And aside from the next Stage 3 book, I’m also working on a couple of short stories to add to those already on my website. No spoilers, but those short stories might be some of the creepiest stuff I’ve done yet.

About the Author:

Ken Stark doesn’t only write horror, but he mostly does. Why? Because when it comes to shining a light on the best and worst of mankind’s nature, nothing works better than a dark backdrop. And if it happens to give a few people nightmares along the way, he’ll take that as a bonus.  Ken lives in Vancouver, Canada, and when he isn’t writing, he can most often be found reading, painting, or dreaming of a beach house in Hawaii.