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Michael Kent

Michael Kent
  • Writing:

    Crime Fiction Mysteries
  • Country: Canada
  • Books: 4
  • Profession: Novelist
  • Born: September 9
  • Member Since: Dec 2018
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  • Followers: 23
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BIOGRAPHY

Michael Kent is a retired international management consultant. Contrary to his technical writing, his fiction always has a tinge of humor and a special twist to the tale.
A native of Montreal, he is fully bilingual, normally in the same sentence.
“My speaking voice is a mystery. I speak English with a French accent, French with an English accent and my Italian sounds Spanish. All of the above, spoken with an Irish lilt.”
Years as a private pilot, avid reading and extensive traveling, have built up a storehouse of plots and stories to be shared with the world.
Michael has penned short punchy stories on Writers on the Net, Writer’s Village University and Flash Me Magazine. He is an active writer and reviewer on The Next Big Writer and a member of the board of Crime Writers Of Canada.

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Blood Tail
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Blood Tailby Michael KentPublish: Nov 06, 2017Series: A Lieutenant Beaudry NovelCrime Fiction Mysteries
Bank Shot: A Lieutenant Beaudry Novel
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Bank Shot: A Lieutenant Beaudry Novelby Michael KentPublish: Jan 21, 2019Series: A Lieutenant Beaudry NovelCrime Fiction Thrillers Mysteries Action & Adventure
Folded Dreams (Lieutenant Beaudry Novels)
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Folded Dreams (Lieutenant Beaudry Novels)by Michael KentPublish: Feb 15, 2018Crime Fiction Mysteries
Tainted Evidence: A Lieutenant Beaudry Novel
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Tainted Evidence: A Lieutenant Beaudry Novelby Michael KentPublish: Dec 20, 2018Series: A Lieutenant Beaudry NovelSuspense

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  • A Lieutenant Beaudry Novel

    Bank Shot: A Lieutenant Beaudry Novel - Published on Jan, 2019 Tainted Evidence: A Lieutenant Beaudry Novel - Published on Dec, 2018 Blood Tail - Published on Nov, 2017

Michael Kent interview On 20, Dec 2019

"Born in Montreal, a retired international management consultant, Michael Kent has worked with companies that were in trouble or experiencing growing pains. He finds developing a fiction novel a fun creative process. He is a member and a reviewer on The Next Big Writer since 2006. He is working on the sixth in the Beaudry series "DEAD RUN"."
Being a native of Montreal, for how long have you lived here?

I was born in Montreal. I've worked or vacationed in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. I've enjoyed all of my trips, but will always call Montreal my home.

How has been your experience of being an international management consultant?

I worked with companies that were in trouble or experiencing growing pains, so it was always a challenge. I'm retired, and it's now a pleasure to write full time.

What do you enjoy more - technical writing or writing fiction with a tinge of humor?

Technical writing is work, developing a fiction novel is a fun creative process.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of being fully bilingual?

My formal schooling was all in French with different rules of punctuation. I write in English. My editor once told me that I was very creative-- She was talking about my punctuation.

How have years as a private pilot, avid reading and extensive traveling contributed to your storehouse of stories?

I can write knowledgeable scenes about many adventures in foreign lands, as well as on-the -edge landings on lakes or small off-the-beat airports. Situations that can be used in adventure or thriller novels.

Since how long have you been a reviewer on The Next Big Writer? What things do you keep in mind while reviewing a piece of writing?

The TNBW site was launched in 2005. I've been a member since 2006. A review is not a criticism of an author's work. It should be constructive comments about what you liked in the story and where you feel the author could do better, this, without putting in your own suggestions. These peer to peer reviews are to help authors improve, and should never be a put-down of someone's work.

What is Crime Writers of Canada about?

Crime Writers of Canada was founded in 1982 as a non-profit entity. It is the national professional association for mystery and crime writers in Canada. Its mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers with readers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, and media.

Who was your inspiration for Beaudry in the Lieutenant Beaudry Novels?

An honest, tough, beat cop from the 1970's called René Duperron. He patrolled in Montreal's red light district. He once caught 5 burglars red-handed inside of a store. Revolver in hand, he marched them out in single file to the police station, with the admonition that if anyone stepped out of formation he would shoot them dead.

How was the idea for "Blood Tail" born?

The first novel in the Lieutenant Beaudry mystery series was loosely based on the 1985 murder of Frank Shoofey a high profile Montreal criminal lawyer.

Of all the suspense stories that you have written, which one is closest to your heart and why?

I've enjoyed creating all of my novels. I guess the last one written by an author, is always the closest in mind, if not in heart.

What are some of your goals with Lieutenant Beaudry series? What do you hope your readers will take away?

That fans in this genre enjoy the read is my prime goal. On that, my second best compliment was from a reader who had received one of my novels as a gift. She came up to me and said "Please tell me that there are more." On a different subject, the best compliment in my life was when my flight instructor leaned his head on the passenger window, and said."Wake me when we land."

There are so many mystery writers out there. How do you ensure that your stories are exclusive and not like any other mainstream mystery novel?

Over the years, I've developed my own writer's voice. There's probably a tinge of my favorite writers, John D. MacDonald, Robert Parker, Mickey Spillane, Robert Crais, and some Janet Evanovich in my telling, but my writing and my characters are wholly of my creative construct.

What are you currently working on? Do you plan to write any single titles anytime soon?

I'm working on the sixth in the Beaudry series "DEAD RUN" It should be in print January 2020. I have an esoteric novel in the works on the human soul and life after death experiences. I also have an outline for a story starring Patricia O'Neil. Beaudry's paramour. I plan to co-write this one with a female mystery writer.

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There are so many sites on the web that promise to help writer promote and advertise their novels. Your team meets and beats what you promise us. I have nothing but praise for AllAuthor and will recommend your invaluable help to any serious writer.

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      • Michael Kent Michael Kent 1 year ago
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      • Writing is one part of the job, publishing and promoting your novel is another part of the business. One that you have to learn you may need help for this.
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    • Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
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      • Grow a thick skin. Perfection is on another planet light-years away. Your novel will never be perfect, you WILL have a few bad reviews. If you go back to a paragraph or chapter you wrote a few months ago, and it still makes you smile. That's good writing you can't please everyone -- but your writing must at least please yourself.
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      • Writer's block is your subconscious telling you that something may be going astray. I take a break, a few days off, read a biography, science fiction or some novel not in the genre that I am writing. When I get back to the writing I see things differently and it always helps me to 'unblock' .
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      • As a human being, I've evolved over the years (hopefully for the better) I can see that the characters in my novels have also evolved with me. More open to expressing inner feelings, more open to other cultures, to other life choices. Montreal is a very multicultural city and an LBGT-friendly city and that's reflected in some of my writing.
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      • Reviews are like fresh air to the writer. It takes months, sometimes years to write and polish a novel. I always look forward to readers reviews, even bad ones may give you a different take on how your written word was interpreted. It's a continual learning process that I know I will never fully master.
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      • At the base, the plot has to make sense, be intriguing enough that the reader will follow, and the characters have to be interesting, --- but above all, good writing is good editing. A professional editor is a must if you are going to turn out a quality novel.
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      • I don't read--I devour books. One day, I realized that I was critiquing the author of the novel that I was reading. I said to myself, "Self, maybe you could write your own mystery novel." I wrote a few short stories and quickly found out - - it wasn't as easy as I first thought. I enrolled in online writing courses and a few years later I started turning out prose that won a few small contests, some short stories were accepted by online magazines. That pushed me to write my first novel.
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