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Monthly Chapter Meeting

February 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Zoom Only

Our monthly chapter meeting will be held February 10th at 10:30 am EST available via Zoom.

This meeting will be Zoom only with Ken Farmer attending via Zoom.

To register for Zoom access, please click on this link:

https://sistersincrime-org.zoom

 

Ken Farmer has been named to the Hall of Fame for Western Writers.


“Ken Farmer’s dialogue flows like a beautiful western river…it’s the gold standard.” – Carole Beers

Ken was born in Kilgore, Texas in 1941. Graduated college with a BS degree from Stephen F. Austin State University – 1963. Attending there on a full football scholarship.

Ken didn’t write his first full novel until he was 69. He often wonders what the hell took him so long. At age 82, he released novel #52 in December of 2023…CORNIE BAYOU, book #10 of the THREE CREEKS Mystery series. Twenty-eight of his novels have been Historical Fiction Westerns.

His favorite series, so far is, the THREE CREEKS series. A late ‘40s and early ‘50s Southern Noir Murder Mystery series in the vein of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, and ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and has won 5 Best novel major awards, so far. He wrote his first novel…with a friend, in 2010 after retiring from a professional film/TV acting career of some 45 years. Like most actors, he dabbled in writing screen/teleplays, so, moving into novels was not a great stretch.

Ken is a pantser, meaning he doesn’t outline…It’s like Improv in acting. He takes the four Ws – Who, What – Where – When, and just starts writing. He just listens to what the characters say and writes it down. It’s like watching a movie in his head.

Ken has written in modified Deep POV for the last 12 novels. Deep POV, has to do a great deal with removing most of the narrator from the text, things like tags…said, asked, commented, opined, exclaimed, and so on. Any time the reader sees, ‘said’, ‘asked’ (Charlie said,) that it takes the reader out of the story and to the narrator. Therefore most of his dialogue has ‘action’ lines that tell the reader who the speaker is, besides, that postulate ‘said is invisible’ is just so much horse-hocky—it’s a repeated word.

Ken spent forty-five years as a professional film/TV, and stage actor (after a stint in the Marine Corps). and concurrently, thirty years raising Beefmaster cattle and Quarter horses in Texas. Those years gave him a background for storytelling…or as he has been known to say, “I’ve always been a bit of a bull—t artist, so writing novels kind of came naturally once it occurred to me I could put my stories down on paper. I don’t write about outlaws, peace officers, and murder mysteries…I write about people.

Ken’s writing style has been likened to a combination of Louis
L’Amour and Terry C. Johnston with an occasional Hitchcockian twist.

His favorite expression is: “Just tell the damn story.”

Writing has become Ken’s second life. He’s often asked, ‘What do you do for relaxation? He answers…’Write’. As mentioned, he has been a Marine, played collegiate football on full scholarship, been a Texas wildcatter, cattle and horse rancher, professional film and TV actor and now…a novelist. Who knew?

Details

Date:
February 10
Time:
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Venue

ZOOM