Ken Kuhlken
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San Diego, CA
About Me:
After borrowing time from his youthful passions, such as baseball, golf, romance, and trying to make music, to earn degrees in literature and writing from San Diego State University and the University of Iowa, Ken got serious (more or less).

Since then, his stories have appeared in Esquire and dozens of other magazines, and anthologies, been honorably mentioned in Best American Short Stories, and earned a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He has been a frequent contributor and a columnist for the San Diego Reader.

With Alan Russell, in Road Kill and No Cats, No Chocolate, he has chronicled the madness of book promotion tours.

His Tom Hickey California Century novels include The Loud Adios, The Venus Deal, The Angel Gang, The Do-Re-Mi, The Vagabond Virgins, and The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles (May 2010)
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Nathaniel West, Ruth Rendell, Ross MacDonald, Feodor Dostoyevski, Charles Dickens, James M. Cain, Flannery O'Connor, Jane Austen are some.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Chinatown, Cabaret, Joan of Arcadia, Witness, Raising Arizona, No Country for Old Men, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, Popeye

Ken Kuhlken's Blog

The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles

I want you all (and everyone else in the world), to know that The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles, book one (chronologically) of the Tom Hickey California Century series, came out on May 1. Set in 1926 (guess where), it features a lynching, dubious law enforcement and other sorts of misbehavior; and bigshots such as W.R. Hearst and Sister Aimee Semple McPherson.

I’ll be visiting in Scottsdale, Tucson, Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks, Pasadena, Portland, Seattle, and San Diego. If you live or… Continue

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 5:22am

Innocence and Art, etc.

The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles, book one of the Tom Hickey California Century novels, is due out in less than two months (May 1, 2010). If you’d like a free copy, shoot email to with an idea for an interesting contest I can run. Any idea I use, the submitter deserves a free book, don’t you think?

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Over the past couple months, I’ve blogged about: making good ideas into realities, on 1/19; birdies (optimism) vs. bogies (pessimism) on 1/26; writing… Continue

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 1:35am


Long ago, Viking Press published my novel Midheaven. But the editor who bought it gave up the business, and even when it became a finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Award for best first novel, no paperback edition came out.

Last year, just for the heck of it, I read it over and, discovering the years had made me a far better writer, I revised and sent it to a couple publishers. The response didn’t surprise me.

The mainstream publisher didn’t approve of the Christian… Continue

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 9:34am — 3 Comments

How and Why to Become a Bestselling Author, or Not

The past month or so, on my blogspot I've been offering thoughts about what it takes to become a bestselling author, giving some informal case studies, drawing a few conclusions, and overall pondering some different attitudes about why we write and what we aim to accomplish. Sometime soon, I'll collect all this into one piece and give it away to my newsletter… Continue

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 8:30am

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At 4:21am on August 24, 2011, David Eugene Knop said…



Just read Midheaven. Loved it. A great read. I recommend it.

At 6:14am on July 13, 2011, I. J. Parker said…

Dear Ken,


I finally made it through SHAKEN, and I had to write to tell you what a terrific story yours is.  Congratulations!  I hope your writing career is doing well.  You deserve a big break!


At 3:15pm on January 11, 2010, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Ken,
Thanks for befriending me here, too. How many ways are we connected now? ;-)
At 8:26am on December 29, 2009, Sunny Frazier said…
I'm putting together a Mystery Cruise. Nov. 14-21, 2010. We're sailing from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera. Cabins start at $400. You can contact me for panels. You can contact for info.

My sister lives in La Mesa. Nice town!
At 11:00am on November 21, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Ken , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" an Award-Winner in the General Fiction category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards. It is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.
Best regards
Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”
Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:
The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.

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