Ken Preston

Ken Preston

Novelist, speaker, creative writing workshop leader, available for school visits, one to one coaching and ghostwriting assignments.
Booking enquiry
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Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Further Education, University, Adult


Adventure, Crime, Drama, Fiction, Fiction narrative, Horror, Romance, Short story, Suspense-thriller

Book types

Fiction for young-adults


'An inspiring visit to our academy from author @KenPreston100 today. Thank you so much for coming to see us and for the fantastic creative writing workshops with our students.'

Olive AP Academy, Thurrock


I offer full and half day school visits, including an assembly and creative writing workshops.

The sessions can be flexible and I am happy to talk with you about any particular outcomes you have for the day.

I write young adult books, with strong female and male leads, and plotlines involving demons in Victorian London, time travelling dinosaurs and a supernatural pirate tale.

I also write horror and thriller novels for adults, and pocket novel romances for the My Weekly range.

I also run a monthly adult workshop, plus I lead a Spark Young Writers’ group once a month on Saturdays for school years 7-12.

I’m also a member of the Association of Speakers Clubs, and meet twice a month to hone my public speaking skills. I am also on the committee, and responsible for education.

I have spoken at after dinner events, universities and colleges, and at the National Writers Conference in Birmingham for the launch of the Read On EU anthology of which I am proud to be a part.

I love visiting schools and running workshops, and I believe it is more important than ever that we equip our young people to write and read well, extensively, imaginatively and with clarity, and able to be inclusive of all cultures and groups whilst celebrating our differences.

I am DBS checked and have Public Liability Insurance.

I am also comfortable speaking at colleges, universities and events, and I can offer one to one advice for authors in the early stages of their careers including story assessment and independent publishing advice.


'An inspiring visit to our academy from author @KenPreston100 today. Thank you so much for coming to see us and for the fantastic creative writing workshops with our students.' Olive AP Academy, Thurrock

'Hannah has loved writing club from night one and has probably never been as enthusiastic about any other club. She has continued to write stories in her spare time and I can only imagine it would have helped her work in school. The main thing is she has had fun!' James Cole

'It was very informative and met my expectations. Great advice and practical tips. Thank you.' Jane Webb, How to Write a Pocket Novel Workshop

'I’ve repeated the words “thank you” so often that somehow, they don’t seem adequate enough to express my feelings of gratitude. You’ve provided me with not just an online formatting service but generosity of spirit, speed and efficiency,  dependability and trust. I regard these as rare qualities, rare qualities indeed. Caroline agrees with me and has also expressed her gratitude. A big thank you from both of us.' Ian Smith

'Ken’s workshops manage to be extremely practical but not limiting. You feel able to explore the topic, to try out ideas and just to enjoy the atmosphere he creates. Yet throughout it all, you are getting specific, informed, useful information from a writer who has done exactly what you want to do. I came away having had a good time and feeling fired up, ready to write.' William Gallagher, Scriptwriter

'Both Milo and Matilda have thoroughly enjoyed creative writing this term. Matilda has said that she feels it has helped her with her SATs this year, and helped improve her vocabulary and spelling. Milo loves anything that allows his imagination to run riot!' Gemma Willetts-Court

'This course was ideal for me, as someone who has been away from the writing world for a long time and talking about formats and structures was great. I would have enjoyed a longer course as I was enjoying it so much.' Jennie Walker

Books by Ken Preston

I have written eighteen novels plus many more short stories, in the genres of young adult, romance and horror.
Caxton Tempest at the End of the World

Caxton Tempest at the End of the World

Who is Caxton Tempest? There are certain people intent on finding the answer to that question. Perhaps they could ask his friend Johnny Chen, loyal companion and master of the martial arts. Or maybe Denver McCade, gun toting cowgirl on the run in London's opium dens as she tries to escape her own personal demons. They could try asking Murmur, once a king in Hell but now the owner of a shabby shop of the occult in London's East End. Then there's Inspector Arthur C Behrends, of London’s police force who has his hands full with a string of grisly murders. Or Zedekiah Kralik, but what's his connection to Denver and why is he so intent on gathering together the fragments of the Sigil of Semjaza? They could ask Billy Rackitt, escaped convict who has discovered another London beneath the London he knows so well. Or maybe they could just ask Jim Kerrigan. Orphan, street urchin, thrust into the dark and dangerous world of Caxton Tempest, Jim may come to find out more about his rescuer than he would like. 
Planet of the Dinosaurs Book One: Project Wormhole

Planet of the Dinosaurs Book One: Project Wormhole

What would you do if you woke up tomorrow to find that the dinosaurs had returned? Three teenagers, caught up in a freak electrical storm, are thrown into the near future where dinosaurs rule the earth once more. Now on the run, in a familiar yet hostile environment, the three teens must work out how to find their way back to their own time. And keep from getting eaten 
The Devil and Edward Teach

The Devil and Edward Teach

London, 1714, and tragedy has struck for Abigail Rose. With her sister, and the mysterious young adventurer, Cornelius Wilde, she is sent to Nassau by her uncle. En route she is plunged into a dark, terrible adventure, where the price for her heart’s desire may be her soul itself. Exciting, colourful and full of larger than life characters, The Devil and Edward Teach takes you on a seafaring voyage to the doors of Hell, as the notorious pirate Blackbeard meets his ultimate adversary. 


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