Kwen knew he wanted to be a writer when he was fourteen years old. He felt the urge when he finished Earnest Hemingway’s masterpiece For Whom The Bell Tolls. The story touched him in a way no other book ever had. Hemingway’s writing transported a kid born and raised on a farm and ranch in Idaho to the mountains of Spain. The book took him back in time forty years to witness the Spanish Civil War. Kwen knew he wanted to share that wonder with other people.
John Lennon said, “Life is what happens while you make other plans.” While Kwen lived a full and varied life, his dream of writing remained in the back of his mind.
Finally, in 2012, he wrote a novella named Dear Emma. Emma tells the story of a little girl whose mother dies and who continues to contact Emma through notes. He self-published through Amazon and asked people to read it. “The best way to see if I can write is to let people check it out,” he said. Like it, they did. Currently, Dear Emma enjoys a 4.8 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon.
Often asked what genre he writes, Kwen replies he writes stories about people and uses the genre that best fits the story. “I think of the genre, or setting as another character that interacts to help tell the story,” he says.
His most often received and constant comment is how real his characters seem. Upon the completion of his historical fiction trilogy Sam and Laura books, a reader telephoned Kwen and directed him to write more stories about the couple. When asked why the reader was so adamant about more stories, he replied he “wasn’t ready to tell Sam and Laura good bye yet.”
Kwen considers that comment one of his highest compliments.
Currently Kwen has nine novels written but that will soon change. The first draft of Shadow on the Moon, his first fantasy book will be out later this year. Also he is working on The Ghost in the Senate Chamber, book two for Jack and Terri. He is also drafting Dance with the Devils 666, book three of the Nate and Clare series.
Kwen’s books are getting some attention from the literary community. The Law of Moses and The Tenth Nail both received the Gold Award from Literary Titan Book Review. The Gold Award is given to books “found to be perfect in their delivery of original content, meticulous development of unique characters in an organic and striking setting, innovative plot that supports a fresh theme, and elegant prose that transforms words into beautifully written novels.”
In addition, The Law of Moses was selected to be displayed at the 2017 New Title Book Expo in New York as well as the American Library Association showcase in Chicago.
Kwen’s books are available in several formats; e-Book, paperback, and audio. He invites you to check his writings out. Who knows? He might become your next favorite author.
Take a chance and read one of his books. Better yet, why not start by reading The Consequences of Maggie-Kwen D Griffeth, a short-story available to you free of charge