Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Part 1 Memoirs From the Asylum

Welcome to author Kenneth Weene.


Life itches and torments Kenneth Weene like pesky flies. Annoyed, he pick up a paper to slap at the buzzing and often whacks himself on the head. Each whack is another story. At least having half-blinded himself, he has learned to not wave the pencil about. Ken will, however, write on until the last gray cell has retreated and there are no longer these strange ideas demanding his feeble efforts. So many poems, stories, novels; and more to come.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I love history, but I want to see the future. I’m especially curious to listen to the music yet to be written and read the books that have yet to be written. Life is a banquet, and I want to savour it.

What is one book everyone should read?
Managing to withstand the temptation to name one of my books, I will name a book that has influenced me and which keeps coming back to haunt my thinking and writing. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. If I can bend the rules and suggest the best recent book I’ve read, I would suggest Paul Harding’s wondrously written Tinkers.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
No, not an author, not even Shakespeare or Milton. Gandhi. Hands down. Why? Because he had such a nobility of spirit that he could lead by example and change the world. Because he had such love for mankind that it could be felt by his enemies. Not surprisingly Martin Luther King, Jr. would be a close second. Nelson Mandela is still with us, but I have to include him on the list.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
I start the day with coffee. I don’t usually eat until I’ve been up a while. Then I eat just about anything. Yes, pizza and cold Chinese, but also oatmeal or a bagel. I’m not fussy about breakfast just as long as the coffee was good.

Night owl, or early bird?
I usually get up early and hit the computer.
By the way, my computer is a Mac and is named Frank Sinatra. If I don’t plug him, he stops listening to me.
Much as I think of myself as an early bird, I do get up in the middle of the night when either a great idea or heartburn strike.

One food you would never eat?
This is a strange one. I always loved lobster. I mean I would eat it as often as I could. Spent some time in Prince Edward Island, Canada, where they catch great lobster, and I must have had lobster in some form every day for three weeks. Suddenly, in my late forties I developed a terrible allergy to that one crustacean. In itself that is unusual. Typically people who are allergic to one shellfish are allergic to all or most.
Another strange thing. My brother was as fond of crab as I was of lobster. He is now allergic to them.
Anyway, given the potential penalty of great suffering and even possible death, I don’t eat those wonderful lobsters. Oh, I do miss them.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Memoirs From the Asylum will make you ask yourself what it means to be free.

Book Trailer:
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Memoirs From the Asylum

Memoirs From the Asylum takes you not only inside the world of the state hospital but also inside the minds of patients and doctors. A tragi-comedic novel of madness, love, sexuality, violence, death, celebration, circuses, and surprising twists.

Giveaway Details
2 winners will each receive a copy.
Open to US & Canada only
Ends 10/23

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