THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE of CRIME FICTION AUTHOR KENNETH R. LEWIS
Hello, and welcome to my website! This was me, many years ago, a kid fresh out of college and looking for a life of excitement and adventure, and yearning to be a writer someday. Two years before entering the police academy I had written and sold a short story to a national magazine for the princely sum of $50.00. I was both bitten, and smitten by the writing bug, and as much as I wanted to become a rich and nationally renowned novelist, I still had to make a living somehow. So I stayed with the cops, but I also stuck with my writing, selling free lance pieces to Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Harper’s Magazine, The Seattle Times, and The Oregonian. I was a patrol officer in a large metropolitan city, a bush cop in the Last Frontier of Alaska in the same town where “The Deadliest Catch” is filmed today, a deputy sheriff in my hometown, a detective, a detective sergeant, and eventually, a police chief…the rank I held for the last two and a half decades. Oh, and along the way I did eventually write my first novel. And it only took me twenty years! The truth is, I dearly love both professions (I retired from law enforcement on September 1, 2016) and I have been very lucky to have been fairly successful at both. Still, I like to think of myself as a writer who became a cop, and not necessarily the other way around. I write about what I know…complex, penetrating, visceral crime fiction that portrays the way real cops, real criminals, and real crime is in the real world. Love, hate, terror, insanity, loyalty, bravery, cowardice, violence, greed…it’s all there, in the pages of my novels. I hope you enjoy reading them.