Story of the Writer
Kenneth G. Eade
Hello everyone, I’m excited to welcome bestselling author Kenneth G. Eade of several political and legal thrillers. Mr. Eade is likened by some to John Grisham in writing style; and also as an experienced lawyer with 30 years of experience, he’s well positioned for the field.
His newest installment is The Decree of Finality starring lawyer Brent Mark in his popular legal thriller series. He takes on a shady divorce case and gets caught up in a perplexing dilemma.
Here are a few more books in the series.
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LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
Where are you originally from? (I saw online you’re currently in France. Never been there)
I’m originally from Los Angeles. As a kid I lived for a while in Athens, Greece, and I guess I got the travel bug. So, eventually, I ended up living in France.
I used to live in orange county, interesting place. Athens sounds like a great city to see. Looking forward to visiting France one day. Oui monsieur!
What areas of law have you practiced?
Criminal law, family law, bankruptcy, business law, and civil litigation. I guess you can say I’ve done it all.
Wowsers, that’s pretty broad experience. I have to say the complexity of law is mind boggling, especially across different cultures. In my current WIP, I’m attempting to create differing legal systems that’ll conflict with one another.
Do you have any major hobbies you enjoy?
I enjoy traveling and also like to play golf.
Ah golf, never played a lick in my life. Unless you include the golfing range. It’s not bad if you can actually hit the ball though.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, but I never knew I had it in me until just a few years ago.
That’s awesome and I can totally relate. I didn’t start writing until last year myself. Looks like your off to a great start though!
Tell us about your new book, the Decree of Finality.
In “Decree of Finality” lawyer Brent Marks takes on a divorce case against his better judgment, and ends up with quite more than he bargained for, including murder.
It’s amazing how the simplest things can turn sour on a dime. The case is very intriguing by the way. You had me hooked!
You’ve already written a few series, which is your favorite? Why?
There are two series, the “Involuntary Spy Espionage Series” and the “Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series”. I can’t say I like one any more than the other. Both are an adventure in political fiction which highlight contemporary social and political issues in each novel.
Both series have received good reviews. I can’t wait to finish the rest of the Brent Marks legal thrillers. Then I’ll make my way over to the Spy Espionage series.
Who’s your favorite character you’ve crafted?
There are so many. I probably like “Richard Hannaford” who is a lawyer in the Brent Marks Legal Series because he was the most fun to create.
Hmm. I’ll definitely keep my eye out for him as I’m reading.
Can you briefly describe how you write a thriller?
First, I decide what type of issue I would like to focus on. Then, I figure out how to wrap a story around that issue and make it exciting and entertaining to read.
Short and sweet, I like it. Somewhere I read you call it “faction”. Real situations and life problems wrapped around fictional characters.
What are your favorite travel destinations?
I like to go where I am invited. It is much better to visit a foreign country as a visitor rather than a tourist.
Love the mindset. It leaves the possibilities open worldwide.
What is it about traveling you enjoy?
I used to look at the planes taking off and wish I could be on one, but after being on so many it’s getting a little difficult. I like to wake up in a different world, where people are speaking a different language and the culture, architecture, art and history are old, but new to me. There are thousands of stories to be discovered on unknown shores.
Yes! Totally. There’s something to being enveloped in another culture that gives you an awesome sense of adventure. I hope you discover more stories there.
Do you have a favorite spot to write?
Not really. I have an office I use in each of the two places I live. The most unusual location was the one where I wrote the epilogue to my last novel: In a cafe overlooking the Coliseum in Rome.
Oh, I’m so jealous! I’d totally dig drinking coffee overlooking the Roman coliseum, that’d be EPIC.
Highlight the best thing in your experience as a lawyer.
I have seen a lot of human misery in my former profession, but the most rewarding part of it was helping someone to right a wrong that had been done to them.
That does sound pretty rewarding, helping someone right a wrong. It also sounds pretty complicated. I can only imagine how perplexing it must be.
In all your experience as a lawyer, the good and the bad, what is your view of justice?
Justice is subjective and the scales of justice are held in the hands of fallible humans, each with their own opinions, biases and prejudices. You are not going to find justice in front of a judge, jury, or with a zealous prosecutor. Whatever God you believe in may be able to dispense justice, but the legal system will never do so. You either win or lose. I have won cases should have been lost and lost cases that should have been won. I am sorry to say this, but it is the reality. Last year, in Paris, I saw an exhibition of Taryn Simon called “The Innocents”, which included a video presentation of people who had been locked up in prison most of their lives until they were freed by DNA testing. It was a heartbreaking essay on the reality of justice.
Wow. This statement carries a lot of weight, but I love how you explain it. Justice is subjectively biased in the hands fallible humans. That’s makes perfect sense to me. That’s why there’s so many grey areas. I suppose it makes for great fiction.
1. You’re a writer; so what’s your story? What inspired you to take this journey?
I started writing articles for a local law journal. After writing a few articles on the importance (and disappearance) of bees, I culled a few of them together, did more research, and came up with my first book, “Bless the Bees”. During my research on “Bless the Bees” I discovered a lot of things about genetically engineered foods and that became the focus of my first novel, “An Involuntary Spy”.
That’s a fascinating story indeed. You also have great reviews for this book, can’t wait the read it!
2. As a successfully published author what is your current GOAL (S)?
My current goal is to expand readership to the point where my messages get to as many people as the entertainment of James Patterson, Harlan Coben and John Grisham.
That’s a great goal indeed! Well, you’re off to a good start. Patterson and Grisham I know, but haven’t heard of Coben. Will have to check him out.
3. What three things have hindered you from completing your projects? (CONFLICT)
To write, you need to have absolute concentration. Living in a city (and family) environment, sometimes that is hard to find. Secondly, you have to discipline yourself, which goes hand in hand with motivation. Finally, you have to constantly market your books or nobody will ever know about them.
Well said. I’m finding this to be true in writing my current project. Absolute concentration is golden, precious, yet hard to come by. Discipline and motivation must be cultivated at all costs. Marketing our work is another beast altogether. I’ll be interviewing the great Jane Friedman, and will be sure to include a question or two about this subject.
4. What keeps you motivated? (DESIRE)
Comments from readers who say that they enjoy my books, or have learned something useful from them.
That’s great motivation. I enjoyed the research you included in The Decree of Finality. Knowing real life facts brings about an awareness to the subject.
5. What’s your main ANTAGONIST? What’s in the way of you accomplishing your goals?
Nothing gets in the way of accomplishment of a goal if you really want to achieve it.
Nothing to disagree with here. Find what you want to accomplish and go after it headfirst.
6. Why do writers give up, quit or abandon their dream?
I don’t know because it has never happened to me.
7. What would you say to a struggling writer who’s given up?
Why are you giving up? If you have a talent to express yourself in writing, a passion to do it and a need to express yourself, you should never give up. Then you will succeed.
I LOVE IT. We all need to hear that from time to time. I say don’t quit, keep writing and let er’ rip.
BONUS: What are your favorite quotes?
“if they give you lined paper, write the other way.”
~ Juan Ramon Jimemez
You can also list a few of your favorite books, novels, or writing books.
“A Covenant with Death” by Stephen Becker
“A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens
Thanks Mr. Eade! Really appreciate your time. Come back and see us again!
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Every word makes a a difference
~ Benjamin Thomas (yes, I do quote myself occasionally)