Kenneth W Harmon

About Me

My background

Born in Fairfield, California, Kenneth has lived throughout the Western part of the United States, with stops in Arizona, Texas, Washington State, Nevada, and Colorado. He attended the University of Texas at Arlington and went on to join the Fort Worth Police Department. At the time he started with the police department, he was the youngest officer on the force, too young in fact, to legally buy bullets for the gun he carried on duty. After retiring from the police department, he moved to Washington State where he became an expert at staying dry in the rain and surfing earthquakes as they rolled across the floor of his apartment. Kenneth now calls Fort Collins, Colorado home, where he lives with his wife and daughters. When he's not writing, Kenneth enjoys working in the garden, reading, watching movies, sports, and Mysteries at the Museum, taking walks along the Poudre River, and trying to stay ahead of three teenage girls.

My writing roots

When Kenneth was eleven he read S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. After that, he knew that he wanted to be a writer. When he turned eighteen, Kenneth started to write short stories. He finished his first novel at the age of twenty. After joining the Fort Worth police department, he took a long break from writing. He returned to writing and joined a critique group in Fort Collins. Although he loves the classics, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Good Earth, etc. Kenneth tried his hand at horror writing because the other members of his critique group primarily wrote horror. At the start of 2010, he decided to write short stories on the weekend with the goal of placing five stories within three years. In the first nine months of 2010, he placed thirteen stories in thirteen publications. He has gone on to have a nonfiction book and four novels traditionally published, with a fifth novel under contract. Kenneth has returned to his roots and is now focusing on Literary fiction and Historical fiction. His latest novel is historical fiction blended with magical realism. 

My style

Kenneth believes that a successful novel is populated with memorable characters whose lives are somehow changed through extraordinary events. With this in mind, he carefully plots all of his novels and creates detailed character sketches. He wants readers to experience the story through his characters. "Characters must be drawn in such a way that they become real to the reader. Only then will the reader care what happens to them." Kenneth also believes in doing extensive research for his novels regardless of genre, but especially for his historical fiction. "I compiled over nine thousand pages of research for my latest project. Details and facts are paramount when writing Historical Fiction.