Ken Preston

Ken Preston

Author of young adult books, adult horror fiction and romantic suspense, workshops both teen and adult, and inspirational public speaking.

https://kenpreston.co.uk
kenpreston@kenpreston.co.uk
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Audiences

Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Further Education, Age 16 to 18+, University, Adult

Genres

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

Book types

Fiction for adults, Fiction for young-adults

Details

Services

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 am an author of four vampire/crime mashups in the Joe Coffin series of books, with more to come.

I also 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.

When I am not writing horror or YA, I write pocket novel romances for the My Weekly range.

Because I like to keep busy and meet people, especially young writers, I also run two creative writing after school clubs (one for years 5 and 6, one for years 7, 8 and 9) every week, and two monthly adult workshops, plus I lead a Spark Young Writers’ group once a month on Saturdays in Kidderminster for school years 7-12.

If that wasn’t enough, and because I hate doing nothing, 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 website upkeep and communications.

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.

Testimonials

'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

'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

Reviews

Joe Coffin Season One

'OMG, I love this book!!!! I love the Joe Coffin character, the real thrill ride of this story!! This book is a real page turner and a lot of fun to read, I just can't put it down!!! I am so glad I stumbled onto this author and his books.' Tobyann Aparisi, Amazon

Books by Ken Preston

I write romantic suspense for the 'My Weekly' pocket novel range, the horror series of books 'Joe Coffin' and young adult books about time travelling dinosaurs, Victorian horror, and supernatural pirate adventures.

Joe Coffin Season One

Joe Coffin Season One

Vampires on a murder spree. A hitman out for revenge. How hard can it be to kill the undead? While Joe Coffin served his time in prison, someone spilled his family’s blood. But when the massive hatchet man takes out the killer, something about his vengeance feels completely off. He never expected his suspicion would reveal corpses sporting the marks of a ruthless vampire. As local children start to disappear, Coffin teams up with an ambitious reporter to get to the bottom of the deadly mystery. Out of his depth against a supernatural powerhouse, he’s unsure any amount of killing could’ve prepared him for the fight. But he’s willing to put it all on the line when he discovers his wife and son might not be as dead as he first thought… Can Coffin stop the carnage before more bloodsuckers rise from the grave? Joe Coffin, Season One is the first book in a brutal vampire thriller series set in the British underworld. If you like hardcore characters, page-turning suspense, and gory crime mysteries, then you’ll love Ken Preston’s supernatural horror story. Buy Joe Coffin to sink your teeth into a ruthless adventure today! 
Joe Coffin Season Two

Joe Coffin Season Two

Check out what readers are saying about Joe Coffin on Amazon- "If ever a book deserved to be binge-watched, Joe Coffin is it." "This book had my heart racing and had me holding my breath." "Joe Coffin Season One drew me in from the very first page, and didn't let up until the end. Except that even now, I'm craving more." "Definitely not your average vampire novel." "ABSOLUTE KICKASS THRILLER!!" Joe Coffin is back, and he’s madder than ever. The vampires are increasing in numbers, but Slaughterhouse Mob boss Mortimer Craggs wants them all dead. And Joe Coffin’s the man for the job. Unfortunately for Coffin, vampires might be the least of his problems. There’s a professional killer out there, and he’s closing in on Coffin with murder on his mind. Violent, brutal and blood soaked, the Joe Coffin books aren’t for the faint of heart. But if you like your books fast paced, action packed, coupled with humour and smart dialogue, you’ll love Joe Coffin Season Two.  
Joe Coffin Season Three

Joe Coffin Season Three

There’s a new vampire in town who wants Joe Coffin, but he doesn’t want to kill him. Emma Wylde has a secret, and she’s not the only one. The Slaughterhouse Mob is no longer the gangland force it once was, and Coffin’s not the only one who wants to take it back its glory days. Lies. Secrets. Betrayals. Joe Coffin’s world will never be the same again by the time this is all finished. Check out what readers are saying about Joe Coffin on Amazon- "If ever a book deserved to be binge-watched, Joe Coffin is it." "This book had my heart racing and had me holding my breath." "Joe Coffin Season One drew me in from the very first page, and didn't let up until the end. Except that even now, I'm craving more. "A fast paced, gripping, storyline makes this book a real page turner." "This was genuinely the best read I've had in a long time and I cannot wait for more from Joe Coffin!" "Definitely not your average vampire novel." "ABSOLUTE KICKASS THRILLER!!" 
Joe Coffin Season Four

Joe Coffin Season Four

When you’ve got nowhere to turn, what do you do? Fight back. Joe Coffin is out for revenge, but he needs money too. And he needs it fast. The problem is there seem to be a lot of people after him, including ever more vampires. And Joe’s not in the mood for vampires. Look what readers are saying about Joe Coffin I just love these books! - Tobyann Apirisi Another Wild Ride of Mayhem! - Joan MaCleod What a finish!!Can't wait for more Joe Coffin stories!!! - Joseph R McNeil 
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. 
Twenty Seconds to Free Fall

Twenty Seconds to Free Fall

"Exciting beginning to end." -Diane, Amazon review “This book was one I couldn't put down...” -Karol, Amazon review. Are You Ready For Romance and Adventure? Katrina Maslow is being pursued by two men: one is in love with her, the other one wants to murder her. Paralyzed by grief, after losing her fiancé in a skydiving accident, Katrina Maslow cannot allow herself to love another man. But handsome Australian, Jay Stone, is determined to break down her reserves. As they are pursued by a ruthless killer, Katrina finally realises she is in love with Jay, just at the moment she might lose him forever. Twenty Seconds To Free Fall is a fast paced, romantic thriller, set in the vibrant and beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. With a cast of colorful characters, and an exciting, non-stop plot, the emphasis is on a fun, rollercoaster read.  
Hollywood Adventure

Hollywood Adventure

Praise for Twenty Seconds to Free Fall, the 1st book in the Romance and Adventure series - "Exciting beginning to end." -Diane, Amazon review “This book was one I couldn't put down...” -Karol, Amazon review. Are You Ready For Romance and Adventure? Alexis has always loved the movies. Now the movies love Alexis. On the day she splits up with her fiance, English actress Alexis Martin is picked to star in Hollywood’s latest blockbuster Critical Chemistry. Unfortunately what she didn’t realise is that the script is known as a bonkbuster, and she will have to do steamy scenes with leading man Ryan Moore. And just who is sending her all that hate mail, and why? Before the film is finished Alexis will have found a new love, but if her mysterious nemesis has anything to do with it, it might just be too late. 
The Ocean's Slave

The Ocean's Slave

Katrina and Jay are back in a brand new adventure! But this one might be their last. Under pressure to sell the dive business to a millionaire property developer, Katrina is also threatened by the presence of a beautiful woman who has her sights set on Jay. And then there is Kyle Hooper, who is so intent on exploring the wreck of the pirate ship The Ocean's Slave he has no regard for his own safety or anybody else's. Including Katrina's. 
Christmas in Paris

Christmas in Paris

All Beth wanted was a romantic Christmas in Paris. So where did it all go wrong? Fearing her marriage is dying, Beth follows vague, inattentive Dan on his business trip to Paris, hoping to surprise him. Only once in Paris she finds herself plunged into a terrifying world of guns and cat-and-mouse pursuits alongside a husband who, following a car crash, can no longer remember anything about her, their children, what he does for a living, or even who they can trust...  
Lethal Injection

Lethal Injection

Teresa’s brother has been on Death Row for years, waiting for his execution date. Found at the murder scene, with a gun in his hand, Joe Flynn still protests his innocence. Arriving in Texas to visit her brother before he is executed, Teresa unwittingly uncovers a clue wich may exonerate Joe after all. With handsome press photographer Ethan Parker by her side, Teresa begins following a trail which may lead to the real murderer. But with only seven days until his lethal injection, can Teresa and Ethan clear Joe’s name before it is too late?  

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