Attorney, Author, & Restaurant Owner: Ken Harris
Dynamic, intriguing and authentic, these are just a few words to describe, Ken Harris' new book, "Dark Trades".
Ken Harris wears many successful hats from attorney to co-owner of, "Roc's Jazz Bar", in Charlotte, NC. Now he can wear, "author", on his hat resume.
Right now he's in the 10/10 Question Challenge. Read his ten responses to the ten questions we asked him so you can get a taste of this upcoming new author!
- What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? None. However, this book and my upcoming titles deal with geographic regions and cities with whom I am intimately familiar - Houston, Baltimore/DC, Fayetteville and the like. I think it is critical for a writer to understand the environment surrounding his or her characters. In Dark Trades, the geographic and political surroundings play a huge role in the progression of the story.
- What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry? I am unsure about the most pervasive unethical practice. However, I can certainly say that the industry allows writers to bring their dreams and vision to life with the possibility of inspiring and educating others.
- Does writing energize or exhaust you? No question, writing energizes me. You live each character and each story. Once you begin a story it becomes a personal journey. You, as the writer start to wonder what happens next. And, you cannot wait to get to the end.
- What is your writing Kryptonite? Being too busy to write because I'm practicing law.
- Have you ever gotten reader’s block? Never.
- Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? No. I love my name.
- Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? Neither. My focus is on writing a sensible story that will have impact. Character and plot development are my focus. Hopefully, if I deliver an exciting, interesting and compelling story, the readers will have interest.
- Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? My next book is about a southern pastor and the third is about a lawyer involved in a land dispute in Texas. Each book has an independent theme and plot. However, all concern being ultimately prepared when opportunity presents itself. And, I continually emphasize that, despite any circumstance, one person can make a difference.
- What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? My parents had an old album of Martin Luther King live speeches. I would listen to that album over and over again focusing on how the audience reacted to his eloquent words.
- What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters? I didn't really base my characters on real people. However, real people did have influence on my thoughts as I developed the characters. Perhaps the biggest influence on the book was the haunting thoughts of the degradation, oppression, hatred and racism that many of our ancestors faced during slavery.