About the Author
Born on a farm in North Carolina, Ken Byerly came of age in Wyoming and Montana. He attended the University of Montana on an athletic scholarship, played football and basketball and graduated in journalism. He returned to North Carolina college summers and measured tobacco acreage for the government on farms high in the hills. As editor of the Tidewater News in Franklin, Virginia, Ken won awards from the Virginia Press Association for editorial, news, feature and sports writing. He worked as a reporter for the Washington Post and left to travel for a year in Europe, where he lived in Paris and on the Island of Ibiza on meager funds. He carried with him an old Royal portable typewriter and began to write. Several of those early efforts survive today in Good Looking Bloke and Running Free, his two volumes of short stories. Ken specialized in politics and civil rights as a reporter for Newsday in the New York City area. He helped author the bestselling sex spoof Naked Came the Stranger and wrote the original book for the musical Cowboy, based on the life of Western painter Charles M. Russell, which played briefly in theaters east and west. Ken became a stockbroker in New York City, retired relatively early and with his wife, Priscilla, returned for several years to Montana, where he researched his novel Ghost Dance. He and Priscilla now live in Vermont. With her help, Ken completed a multi-year hike of the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail.
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