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Amidon becomes first-time author with Stray Threads

By Tine Roycroft

f4ff8a58fdfd639e6c195c83b61d064bNo need to wait for the warm days of beach reading to fall in love with a great new mystery novel. Local, first-time author, Kenneth Amidon, has supplied us with a page-turning gem that’s guaranteed to satisfy your need for literary suspense.

Set in 1970s New England, Stray Threads introduces us to two compelling characters in their 20s, Tim and Maggie. Tim finds Maggie passed out in an alley after she’s drunk herself into a stupor in an attempt to silence a deep sense of guilt she’s carried since high school. Determined to help free Maggie from her demons, Tim sticks with Maggie, and the two embark on an investigative journey into the past to discover what really happened nine years earlier.

“I’ve always done marketing writing and some short story writing,” said Amidon, 62, who graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in English. “But last year, I decided I was going to finally set some time aside each day and write a book.”

For the next three months, Amidon dedicated up to six hours a day to his creative writing. With the initial intention of writing an e-book, the Northbridge resident approached the process with an open mind, first developing strong characters and allowing them to lead the way in terms of plot.

ken0013When the first draft was completed, Amidon asked friends and his wife to review it for believability. He also enlisted the talent of family friend, Lindsey Ruane, to design a cover that would pique readers’ interest. Then, he set the project aside for about two months, in the hopes of returning to it with fresh eyes for some final edits.

Amidon had originally avoided attempting publication through a standard publishing house. The process can be very costly and time-consuming, especially for first-time novelists. But after meeting with members of the Worcester Writers Collaborative and learning about’s on-demand publishing service, he realized he could easily produce paperback versions of Stray Threads in a cost-effective manner and have an electronic version of the story available.

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“Last week, Market Luminary lost a great friend. One of our very first Luminaries ~ Ken Amidon ~ died suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep at home on the night of Wednesday, February 13th. Ken was just 62 years old ~ far too young to be leaving us so soon. He was a good friend and a good person. I had the privilege of working with Ken at three previous companies, and in each case, Ken became the center point of the culture of the company. He had an uncanny ability to make everyone around him aspire to be better, to do more, to do good things. He brought a sense of integrity and genuineness to everything he did. I can say without any shadow of a doubt that I was lucky to have known him, that I am better for having known him, and that I will never forget him. We will miss you, Ken…”

~ Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown is the founder and CEO of Market Luminary. He previously served as the founder/CEO/president of Blue Cod Technologies. He currently serves on advisory boards for Yodil Inc., Northeast Outdoors Foundation and William J. O’Brien Lecture Series.

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