Ken McAlpine speaks with Our Ventura host, Ed Wehan, about writing and the writing life and gives some insight into what it takes to be a professional writer. He also sheds light on one of his characters in his novel FOG, who is “a philosophical killer, a mooncusser who walks a stoic horse along the ridgeline of the Cape’s towering beach cliffs, bending fate to his aims.”

Ken is a nationally recognized writer who has authored several books (fiction and non-fiction) and written countless articles for national, regional and local magazines and newspapers.

His magazine articles have earned three Lowell Thomas awards, which represent the top industry award for travel writing.

His book, OFF SEASON: DISCOVERING AMERICA ON WINTER’S SHORE (Random House/Three Rivers Press, June 2004), represents a five-month meander from Key West, Florida to the tip of Maine. The book could be likened as an ode to some of our country’s tucked away places and heartwarming characters. The book was awarded a Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers selection.

His next book, ISLANDS APART: A YEAR ON THE EDGE OF CIVILIZATION, (Shambhala Publications, July 2009), is a thoughtful and funny look at our fast-paced contemporary life, and how time spent alone in nature can give us a fresh perspective about what matters most.

His new novel, FOG (iUniverse, 2012), has been praised as “a 21st century Moby Dick”.

Ken also won an award from the Columbia School of Journalism.


Director: Petrina Sharp



Award-Winning Author, Ken McAlpine: The Adventure of Writing
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