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biography

K.D. Kragen is a philosopher, writer, teacher, editor, husband, father and grandfather. Somehow he actually manages to be all those things while still pursuing interests that include practicing Aikido and Iaido, riding his motorcycle (Veronica), and running.

A third generation San Franciscan, K.D. grew up in the Italian District of the city. As a child he developed a passion for classical music, especially the works of Katchatorian and Mendelsson, his love of music later included jazz, folk and rock n' roll. At 13 he began playing guitar, learning the songs of Joan Baez and Woody Guthrie. Eventually with his friend Lenny, they played at Italian parties and weddings with plans to later travel through Europe. But their plans were short-lived as the Vietnam War was on and K.D.'s number came up. He was drafted but snuck in under the wire into the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served 4 years in SAR (search and rescue) and ATON (aids to navigation).

After the service he married the love of his life, Janet, who helped him gain an appreciation of classical literature and he helped her gain an appreciation of classical music. Despite all his education, many are surprised to learn that K.D. hadn't learned to read until the fourth grade, and hadn't read a full novel until he was in high school. His first favorite writers were Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, and Jules Verne, which is where his love of science fiction and horror began. With his Veterans benefits he went to college and got a B.A. in Philosophy from Azusa Pacific University, an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from Denver Seminary, and finished his graduate studies in Philosophy at Syracuse University. It was during his college years that he began writing. He completed his first short story "The Chairs" in 1984.

In 1989 K.D. and family moved to Bainbridge Island, WA where he got a job washing dishes at the Streamliner Diner, joined a local writers group, and started his first novel titled Creatures of the Heart. (Note: he worked at the diner until his wife told him he's no longer allowed to work outside the home; after that his writing output increased dramatically.) Since then he's finished 8 novels with two more in progress.

K.D. recently finished his seventh novel, the third in the series of The KillWare Chronicles, called The Accidental Prisoner, and eighth novel, third in the series of The Creature Chronicles, called Space Leviathan. His fourth novel, Plagueman, was released in December 2005 through ArcheBooks and is available for sale online as well as from your local bookstore. The Accidental Prisoner should be out in bookstores early 2011.

For the past twelve years K.D. has been the managing editor of Scandia Patch Press, and for four years he was a faculty member of an experimental college Trumeau College Of The Arts, heading the philosophy department. When he's not writing novels, working on cars, editing the strange works of other local writers, speaking at writers conferences, cooking dinner or pumping out book reviews, K.D. is usually trying to get a little sleep.

 
pictures

K.D. in 1974 while serving in the Coast Gaurd     K.D. and his cat Buckey (R.I.P.) in the 90's     K.D.'s beast, Veronica     K.D., his wife Jan, and grandson Dante


favorite

author: Isaac B. Singer.

philosopher/poet: Sören Kierkegaard.

teacher: Janet Kragen.

novels: Moby-Dick, Herman Melville; Crime And Punishment, Dostoevsky; The Living, Annie Dillard.

films: King Kong (1933); Forbidden Planet (1956); Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973); Blade Runner (1982); Lady in the Water (2006).

place: Flores Island.

joke: This life.

quote: "'I would have perished, had I not perished' still is and will be my life motto. This is why I have been able to endure what long since would have killed someone else who was not dead." (Soren Kierkegaard Journals and Papers. Hong & Hong, eds. I.U. Press, 1978, v.6, pt.2, p.9.)


inspiration

What I listen to when I'm writing:

magnatune - open music record label

radio rivendell - fantasy music radio station broadcasting straight from Imladris, Middle-Earth

radio yasoo - the most Israeli Greek radio

Sky FM - best multi-channel internet radio

soma fm - drone zone groove salad atmospheric ambient space music house indie pop cliphop downtempo chill from san francisco

streaming soundtracks - film scores/soundtracks


in memory

R.I.P. Geoffrey Carroll Kragen (1912-2003)

Geoffrey Carroll Kragen, a second generation San Franciscan, died peacefully at 91 years old on Wednesday, 12 November 2003, in Silverdale, Washington. He went happily to be with his Lord and Savior, Yeshua Mashiach. He leaves behind his lovely bride of fifty-eight years, Treva Viola, three sons, Geoffrey C., Lance Paul, and K. David, a granddaughter, Colleen Beth, and a great grandson, Dante Shalom von Foerster.

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