Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and ninety-eighth, is of fantasy author, guest blogger and interviewee Ken Magee. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Most folk believe that technology rules their lives. They’re wrong. Dark conspiracies and ancient magic actually dominate this planet. This author’s one mission in life is to open people’s eyes to that fact.
His name is Ken Magee and he tells people he writes contemporary fantasies which blend adventure and humour with technology and magic. His books live under the tagline ‘ancient magic meets the Internet’. He pretends that they’re works of fiction, because he’s afraid of the powerful people behind the conspiracies… he’s hoping a ‘fiction’ writer will slip under their radar.
Up until the point when he discovered about the frightening plot which deliberately caused major world catastrophes, such as the two world wars and the recent global financial meltdown, he’d led a fairly normal life. He’d worked for many years in the computer industry in roles ranging from programming through to sales. In the middle of it all, he served in the Naval Reserve… which, he tells me, was hard work, but fun. Then he decided to accept a redundancy package which was on offer and he used his newly-acquired free time to finish Dark Tidings, the book he’d started many years earlier (writing not reading). He says he would have finished it sooner, but life got in the way. It’s finished now (the book, not his life).
Since then, he hasn’t looked back as far as writing is concerned and the trilogy which began with Dark Tidings has been completed by the publication of The Black Conspiracy and A Darker Shade of Black.
And now from the author himself:
First, I’d like to thank Morgen for the opportunity to feature in an Author Spotlight. The preceding piece is my author profile, it’s what I use on most social media sites to tell readers a little bit about me. Author profiles are funny old things. We want them to be interesting and engaging, and it’s a bonus if some of the information is true.
So, with this being an author spotlight rather than a profile, what else should be in here? Well, I should definitely mention my wife (1), kids (2), grandkids (5) and dogs (2)… they’re the most important things in my life, but I’m not sure that readers are typically interested in that. I guess I should also touch on the new projects I have underway namely, a gritty, humorous, adult thriller called Bangkok Rotter and the, as yet nameless, fourth part of my ‘ancient magic meets the Internet’ trilogy (every great trilogy must have at least four parts).
So now, I’ve mentioned my background, the books I’ve written, my family (briefly) and my current writing projects… is there anything left? Well, I’d like to say a little about conspiracy theories. Really? Well, yes.
Conspiracy theories have been around for thousands of years. The murder of Julius Caesar is a good example of a very early one. Was it just Brutus and a few senators or was there more to it than that?
My personal interest is in the more modern ones; the ones which I could label as ‘within living memory’. The first to intrigue me was the assassination of JFK. There are thousands of people who believe there was more to that dreadful event than the simple ‘Lee Harvey Oswald did it’. Was there a second gunman? Was it a plot by the far right, or indeed the CIA? When you read the theories, there are plenty of truths interwoven into the story… that’s what’s makes them believable. If point A is true, maybe it’s all true. Some other theories haven’t stood up to scrutiny, but a lot have survived in one form or another for many years. Did people really walk on the moon or was it all done in a secret Hollywood studio? What’s really going on in the Bermuda Triangle?
Some conspiracies are a lot less serious, for example, Phoebe in the TV show Friends was arguing with Ross about whether the theory of evolution was true or not. Ross produced a case full of fossils. ‘There’s the proof,’ he said, ‘these fossils show stage by stage how creatures have evolved over millions of years. Proof that evolution happened.’ ‘No,’ said Phoebe, ‘those fossils raise the question, who planted them and why?’ And that’s how conspiracy theories can start.
The theories which intrigue me most revolve around secret societies like the Illuminati and a conspiracy called the New World Order (NWO), sometimes known as the One World Government. The NWO postulates that a chosen elite of the super-rich and uber-powerful are secretly colluding to gain total control over ordinary people. Money and debt are their main weapons and they have no compunction about engineering global disasters to keep ordinary folk in their lowly places. Remember the economic global meltdown of 2008? Trillions of dollars were lost. Really? The fact of the matter is that trillions of dollars were sucked out of circulation by the super-rich and the ordinary man was left to pick up the pieces. Do you think we all shared the pain of the subsequent recession equally? I certainly don’t.
And I guess that sets the scene for what inspired the storyline of my first book, Dark Tidings. Many secret societies date back hundreds and hundreds of years to a time when ancient magic, or at least the belief in magic, was predominant. What if there was one secret society which destroyed all the others and eventually dominated the planet, a society which now hides behind the façade of a mighty, international financial organisation? What if that society had access to the most powerful ancient magic spells? Would we know? How could we stop it even if we did know?
It’s an intriguing proposition, I think, and it could well be true. Enough said.
Morgen, I’m sorry that publishing this exposition may put you in the spotlight alongside me. Take care because these people are dangerous. Oh, and please don’t tell them where you found me.
Only if they don’t bribe me with Banoffee pie. 🙂 It’s been great hosting you again, Ken, thank you.
You can find more about Ken and his writing via…
- Website: http://www.kenmageeauthor.com
- Dark Tidings: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O5FF4S4
- Twitter: @KenMageeAuthor
- Email: email@example.com
You can subscribe to this blog on your Kindle / Kindle app via Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything.
You can contact me and find me on the internet, view my books (including my debut novel The Serial Dater’s Shopping List, various short story collections and writer’s block workbooks) and If you like this blog, you can help me keep it running by donating. Thank you.
For anyone looking for an editor, do take a look at Editing and Critique.
If you would like to send me a book review of another author’s books or like your book reviewed (short stories, contemporary crime / women’s novels or writing guides), see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog. And I post writing exercises every weekday on four online writing groups.