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Jessica Bell

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

@KellenBurden Shares Life Experiences, Writing & Family #Mystery #Thriller #MustRead


Q. Why do you write?
A. I’ve always had stories to tell. Since I could talk, I’ve had stories to tell and an imagination to get me into trouble. Writing just seemed like a good outlet for it. I’ve wanted to be an author since I knew I had to pick something to be.

Q. What books did you love growing up?
A. The First book I ever remember being in love with was Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton.

Q. What book genre of books do you adore?
A. As an adolescent and into my teens I used to love reading Zombie books and Aliens or Predator novelizations. Anything that was an adaptation of a movie that I loved. They were easy to digest and really kept me engrossed in a time when there was a lot of competition for my attention. Now I’ll read almost anything.

Q. What book should everybody read at least once?
A. The Old Man and the Sea. It’s brutal and cruel and the essence of us.

Q. Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
A. I grew up in a small town in California, near the water. I loved the water and I’d surf in the ocean and stare out at the horizon and watch the sun set and let the waves thump me into the sand. I still love the water. My town became too small though and it became clear that there was nowhere for me to go in it. Not if I wanted to do the things that I wanted to do. I moved to Denver, Colorado with my girlfriend and we rented a room in a beautiful brick building off one of the most infamous streets in the Denver Metro area. I got a job doing Undercover Loss Prevention work for grocery stores in the area and in the process I met the people who would become the characters in my book. I got in fights in the snow in parking lots over kit kat bars, and wrote in my backyard while our chickens pecked for worms and learned and learned and learned. When it was time for me to leave again I did. I went back to California and from there to Portland OR, where I joined the Army National Guard and finished my book. My new job as an investigator promoted me and moved me to Washington, which is where I live now.

Q. How did you develop your writing?
A. It took my whole life. I’m still developing it. In every terrible, ridiculous thing that I write there’s a lesson. If I pay attention, the next thing is less terrible and ridiculous.

Q. Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
A. My family and friends are my everything. They aren’t support of, so much as they carry me. I would be nowhere without them.

Q. Do you plan to publish more books?
A. Yes, many more.

Q. What other jobs have you had in your life?
A. I’ve been everywhere from golf cart attendant to private investigator, shoplifter fighter, I was even a rock climbing instructor for a year.   

Q. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
A. I really love the city that I’m in. Seattle is a beautiful city and I really love the feel of the Northwest area. But there will always be a place in my heart for Denver.

Q. Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
A. I would like to thank my girlfriend for putting up with me talking about nothing but this ridiculous book for a year of our lives. My parents for supporting me in all of my insane endeavors.

Q. Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
A. A successful career in writing, to me, is like anything people can be successful in. Me, happy with what I’ve done.

FlashBang

Sebastian Parks is drowning in a flood of his own creation. Dishonorably discharged from the Army, he's wracked with night terrors and an anger that he can't abate. Unemployable and uninterested in anything resembling a normal job, Parks makes his living in fugitive apprehension, finding wanted felons on Facebook and thumping them into custody with his ex-military buddies John Harkin and Eric "Etch" Echevarria. When the body of a teenage Muslim boy is found in front of a downtown Denver nightclub Parks, Harkin and Etch are called on to do what they do best: Find bad men and make them pay. 

First-time author Kellen Burden serves up edgy humor, brutal action and characters you can't get enough of. Flash Bang will keep you turning pages until the end.

Received "Honorable Mention at Los Angeles Book Festival 2014"

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Genre – Thriller, Mystery
Rating – R
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