To hold a pen is to be at war, Voltaire
October 2, 2019
Yes, I'm still working on the second cycle of my Late Roman espionage series. Books 1, 2, and 3, (the seventh, eighth and ninth overall) are now moving through their second drafts. So for the rest of 2019, I'll revise until all three adventures are ready for dedicated fans of the first six novels to enjoy while I tackle the final three books. And that's it. Twelve will be enough!
(What am I talking about? ask newcomers to this vague author site who still think of me as the fantasist who imagined talking to Voltaire.)
Well, merge "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" with "Quo Vadis," and all the unexpected elements of a Late Roman time period few authors tackle, and you have the idea.
There was so much positive reaction to the way the threads of my narrative came to a satisfying close at the end of the first cycle of six books, (although each book is a distinct novel that can be read independent of the others) I'm taking the same care that nothing is published in the next cycle before the longer threads are mapped out.
All these novels are published under a man's name, but they've been finding male and female readers alike around the world, especially in the US, UK, and Germany, thanks to e-book as well as paperback distribution and new expansion via library subscriptions to Scribd or Overdrive.
For the sake of protecting 'the boy brand,' you won't see these dark rough-and-tumble genre babies promoted here.
I laughed when I saw that John Banville wrote his Benjamin Black thrillers in a fraction of the time he wrote his literary prizewinners, leaned back from his keyboard, looked in the mirror and said to himself, "You slut."
So, sluttishly, I say 'hi' to anyone who might have stumbled here and continue to be contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours, slutty and productive,
(Secret Pen Name)
To all those superior city types who incessantly ask me, "After London and Hong Kong and New York, how can you stand it? Do you STILL live in that village up in the mountains? I'm making no apologies. Show me the view from your kitchen window and I'll show you mine, here.
February 2010 started the Year of the Tiger with news that The American Library (Geneva) awarded First Prize in their 2009 creative writing contest to Küng's radio monologue, "Lady Macbethad's Epilogue," in which we hear a sympathetic and triumphant backstory to the Macbeth legend.
Küng's sixty-minute radio play, "Dear Mr Rogge," based on the couragous defiance of Chinese writer in detention, He Depu, received a commendation August 21, 2009, from the BBC World Service/British Council 2009 International Playwriting Competition in which there were 1,200 entries. Congratulations to the two first prizewinners and thanks to the BBC for sponsoring radio playwrights from all over the world.