Local author hopes for ebooks’ success

Kenneth Stephen has released two collection of short stories on Amazon.
Kenneth Stephen has released two collection of short stories on Amazon.

A journalist from Angus is hoping to follow in the footsteps of several Scottish authors whose careers he helped to launch.

Kenneth Stephen, originally from Padanaram, assisted Fife crime writing farmer James Oswald’s journey from ebook writer to Britain’s biggest selling debut crime author, as his PR consultant.

Another of his clients, Angus’s Ed James, has sold over 250,000 ebooks worldwide and read at the recent Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival.

Now ex-Forfar Academy pupil Kennth is taking a leaf out of their book and is hoping for similar publishing success after releasing two collections of short stories as ebooks on Amazon.

And his childhood spent in Angus has provided inspiration for some of the stories’ settings and characters.

Both mini collections, under pen name Kenneth Paul Stephen, were released to coincide with the Independence Referendum and focus on ‘lost voices at the periphery of Scottish life’.

Although not expecting to break the same sales records his clients Kenneth, a winner of the Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award, hopes to take the same road from ‘indie’ author to the mainstream.

Kenneth said: “I took a back seat from my own writing for a couple of years and had several stories sitting gathering cobwebs in my office, some of which had won awards.

“Working with James and Ed, on the other side of the fence, helped me look at my own work again.

“It has been humbling to be part of their journey to success.”

Sales of ‘Sheep and other stories’ and ‘My Life Through Colin and other stories’ have been brisk, with a further collection ‘Eighty Degrees North’, due out before Christmas.

‘Sheep and other Stories’ is available on Amazon priced 79p while ‘My Life Through Colin and other stories’ is available priced 81p.