Born on June 20, in Fairfield, California to an Air Force Master Sergeant from Texas and a strong-willed, loving Mother from Kansas, I was the kid sent to the school principal’s office six times one day. I probably haunted poor Mr. Hackett’s dreams for the rest of his life. When I was in the sixth grade, we toured the junior high across the street. The principal grabbed my ear and said, “I’ve heard about you.” Fortunately for me, we moved that summer to Texas.
I wasn’t a mean-spirited, juvenile delinquent, but curious, and full of mischief. I started working at sixteen, and worked all through school. Two weeks after celebrating my 20th birthday, I began classes at the Fort Worth Police Academy. Upon graduating in October, I was the youngest officer on the force. Too young in fact to legally buy bullets for the gun I carried.
When I was 11, I read S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, and knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to write. I started to write short stories after high school and finished my first novel at age 19. I took several years off from writing while working at the police department.
After taking an early retirement, I moved with my daughter Sarah to Washington state, where we lived for almost 8 years. I became serious about my writing at that time and finished two historical novels, and one mainstream novel. In the fall of 2000, I remarried, and my wife Monika and I were blessed with the birth of a daughter, Michelle. We moved to Henderson, Nevada in the summer of 2001. In Henderson, we welcomed another daughter, Amanda. In the summer of 2004, we moved once more to Fort Collins, Colorado. Soon after, Monika gave birth to our daughter, Rebecca.
About the time we learned that we had a ghost living with us, I started working on a new novel, which I entered in the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association contest. To my surprise, the book made the finals. In 2010, I decided to try and get some short stories published. That year, I had short stories accepted by 14 publications. I have included links to a few of these stories on this page. I completed three novels in the past two years and am in the process of editing them. I also served as a judge for the PNWA writing contest and the Pikes Peak Writer’s contest. In 2011 Llewellyn Worldwide accepted my non-fiction book Ghost under Foot: the Spirit of Mary Bell for publication.
Besides writing, my interests include spending time with my family and friends, reading, editing, movies, good music (especially rock and roll), sports, and taking long walks in the woods along the Poudre River.
Mr. Howard Retires
Published in Bewildering Stories Issue 435
Published in Amarillo Bay Volume 12 Number 4
© 2012 Ken Harmon - All Rights Reserved
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