Ken didn't write his first full novel until he was sixty-nine years of age. He often wonders what the hell took him so long. At age seventy-nine…he's currently working on novel number forty.
He has written in several genres...Military Action, Police Procedural, SyFy, Western, and now, Southern Noir Mystery.
Ken spent thirty years raising cattle and quarter horses in Texas and forty-five years as a professional actor (after a stint in the Marine Corps). Those years gave him a background for storytelling…or as he has been known to say, "I've always been a bit of a bull---t artist, so writing novels kind of came naturally once it occurred to me I could put my stories down on paper."
His writing style has been likened to a combination of Louis L'Amour and Terry C. Johnston with an occasional Hitchcockian twist…now that's a combination. Ken just likes to say, "I'm a storyteller."
"I don't write about outlaws and peace officers...I write about people."
At age seventy-nine, he released novel #37 on Sept. 19th...THREE CREEKS. it just may be his opus. He has released #38, book #2 in the THREE CREEKS series...RED HILL ROAD, followed by #39, book #3 in the series...THE POND, Feb. 19, 20021. The THREE CREEKS series is late 1940s Southern Noir Mysteries in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Rock Hole by Reavis Wortham. The first in the series, THREE CREEKS just won the Firebird Award for Best Mystery of 2020.
Novel #36 was SKINWALKER JUSTICE, a Western Supernatural thriller, book #5 in the Silke Justice series. STEELDUST, started the BONE & LORAINE spin-off with modern day detectives, Bone and Loraine being accidentally transported back in time to 1898. Current WIPS are #39, DALIA MARRH, book # 6 in the Silke Justice series and FRIENDS, book #4 in the THREE CREEKS MYSTERY SERIES.
Writing has become Ken's second life: he has been a Marine, played collegiate football, been a Texas wildcatter, cattle and horse rancher, professional film and TV actor and now...a novelist. Who knew?
In addition to his love for writing fiction, he taught acting for 17 years, still teaches voice-over and creative writing workshops. His favorite expression is: "Just tell the damn story."
"Ken is a magnificent writer. I enjoy everything he writes whether it is about the old west, southern noir mysteries, or about the modern Black Eagle Force. - Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWER & VINE VOICE.
Ken Farmer's dialogue flows like a beautiful western river…it's the gold standard…Carole Beers
About RED HILL ROAD
Red Hill Road is only a few yards from the Jamison home. Foot's grandfather tells Foot and his best friend, a colored boy named Hutch, the story of a battle between Confederate and Yankee soldiers in a meadow near the bottom of the hill and missing Confederate gold. Add that to a crooked oil company trying to lease up land in the area and the mystery deepens.
What's at the bottom of Red Hill Road?
White and Black best friends, Foot Lee and Hutch Grant are faced with evil oil men in the oil boom in southern Arkansas in 1950. Murder, land theft, treachery, and mystery abounds.
Are there still spirits from the Civil War trying to complete an unfinished mission?
What does missing gold have to do with it?
Are Foot and Hutch in danger?
Find out in RED HILL ROAD.