Author, Editor In Chief of The Book Times
I’m a writer and teacher through and through. I’ve tried my hand at everything else. I’ve been in the financial world. I’ve been a banker. I’ve been a business-Jane-of-all-trades. I’ve tackled insurance, and I’ve done a few other jobs in between. The only thing I love to do (which also keeps me sane) is to write and teach.
I didn’t grow up thinking I was a writer. Right out of high school, I got a job with Scholastic Books, Inc. taking phone orders for book clubs from school teachers. During downtime, all we could do was read. That started my love affair with fiction.
As I grew up and life got tough, I discovered that I read more and more to escape life for a little while. A few years later, I was reading a tremendous fantasy series and the most horrible thing happened! It ended! I was so happy to read the ending and find some relief, but I was equally sad to see the world come to an end. In that moment, I thought, “If I could write books, my worlds would never end.” That was the first thought which led me to writing.
A few other things made up my mind to write. Mostly, I learned that books could be so powerful. Then I knew I wanted to write…to change hearts, open minds, and provide an escape.
I’ve written (and finished) four books to date: And So It Happened, Snow Boy, Majee Legends, Hidden Magics and I will soon finish a new book called Afraid. Summaries and links to buy can be found on my website: authorbkent.com. I also write short fiction blurbs and poetry and am the Editor in Chief for thebooktimes.com, an online fiction reading newspaper.