Author Interview with Ken Floro

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I’m hosting author Ken Floro on my blog today with an interview. He is the author of fantasy novel “The Rising Wind”. I’ll host an excerpt from the book on my blog on August 27th.

1) Your book is titled “The Rising Wind”. How did you come up with that title?
The title was inspired by a recurring lyric in the Credence Clearwater Revival song, ‘Up Around the Bend’
2) What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
I gave the characters complete control of what happened in this story.
3) Please tell us about your book.
After graduating into the Imperial knighthood, Marcavius and his cousin book passage aboard a merchant ship, the Rising Wind, to visit their family estate before reporting to the legions. They know no ship dares tread the heart of the Mennaidran Sea, yet along their voyage a strange fog suddenly sets the Rising Wind adrift in those haunted waters. Fortunately another passenger offers his skill as a navigator to save the day, yet he insists that the ship first detour to a nearby island to replenish its supplies. There the ship’s unlucky passengers soon learn that the monsters and magic of legend are no mere myths! Friends, strangers, and even bitter enemies must work together in order to survive and escape. Yet some of the greatest dangers they’ll face are destined to come from one another.
4) Have you ever struggled with writer’s block? If so, what did you do to get past writer’s block?
I’ve never treated writing like a chore. For me, it’s a fun passion to express when I’m inspired. If my tank ever runs dry, I try to refill it by seeking out things that can provide me with fresh inspiration.
5) Where do you find inspiration to write?
It can honestly come from anywhere, and I enjoy being surprised by it.
6) Do you have a writing schedule?
I do my best to avoid turning it into a chore. I write when the mood strikes me, but I do have enough discipline to push myself to finish the projects I start.
7) What’s next?
I’m working on the third book of my Southside Rangers series right now, and after that, I’m looking forward to tackling the Third Chronicle of the Company of the Rising Wind.

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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