Ken Klopper has been involved in the law for almost forty years in his capacity as prosecutor, magistrate, advocate, and judge. He is a Criminal Law expert and has dealt with all forms of crime in various courts, including the High Court.
He lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
His books include:
“A Question of Privilege-The Judge Ment Series Volume 1″(mystery legal/crime),
“A Question of Revenge-The Judge Ment Series Volume 2” (mystery/legal/crime)
“Born a Travelling Man” (biography/law/humor),and
“Journal of an Eyewitness” (spiritual/faith/religion)
What inspires you to write?
The desire to create, to see one’s creation in some concrete form and to have the satisfaction of sharing that creation with others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I use a very simple method to write, starting with the basic plot. I generally let the creative juices flow and develop the characters during the writing process.
I try to visualize the scenes and create images of the characters in my mind. I imagine how they will react, what they will say, and how they interact with other characters and their surroundings. The characters are never on my world but I find myself often in theirs.
At times when I’m not writing, a scene will often materialize in which a particular character does or says something that I incorporate into the story. I admit that my characters sometimes feature in my dreams and the plot often develops there.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It’s very true that an author’s characters good or bad are in essence a little part of themselves and often display characteristics that the author has or would like to have. The flip side is that some characters also reflect attributes that the author dislikes or scorns.
Samuel Butler states it in an even more direct manner:
“Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.”
What advice would you give other writers?
I’m still new to this phenomonen. In a short time I’ve tried to learn as much as I could about the art, its mysteries and its secrets. Like most things in life it’s a never ending learning curve. Every corner you turn takes you to a new level. Like most authors I will never have all the answers about why some books are so successful and others not.
It’s hard, lonely work but satisfying and rewarding to the creative spirit. The formula to successful writing is to write, write and write some more.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I looked at the market. I looked at the opposition. I was informed that the world of traditional publishing was an extremely difficult one and that only a select few would be accepted in a specific genre.
I needed to start somewhere, to learn and develop and also find some form of motivation that kept me going when most people would give up. Authors are extremely dedicated people who constantly need to remain driven and focused. You can’t get that from writing letters to yourself. You need to know someone, somewhere got some satisfaction from your work. Anything extra is a bonus.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It will be one of evolution. As technology advances hopefully more people around the world who have not had the opportunity to read will be given that opportunity. Those who up to now have not enriched themselves by reading will hopefully be encouraged to do so.
There will always be a process of creating, editing and publishing in some or other form.
I’d like to think that some of my work will feature in the future and will form part of the legacy I leave behind when the final bell tolls.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Spiritual, Crime/Mystery, Legal Drama.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print