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!

  1. 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.                                                                                                                                       
  2. 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.                                                                                                                                 
  3. 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.                                                                                                                                          
  4. What is your writing Kryptonite? Being too busy to write because I'm practicing law.                                                                                                                                               
  5. Have you ever gotten reader’s block? Never.                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  6. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? No. I love my name.                                                                                                                                                                           
  7. 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  8. 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.                                                                                                                                        
  9. 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.                                                                                                                                                                         
  10. 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.