Kenneth Rosenberg is a California writer whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Surfer Magazine and other publications. Kenneth attended UCLA where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. When he is not writing, he spends his time surfing, snowboarding and traveling the world on a shoestring. Visit Kenneth at his website, www.kennethrosenberg.com
It's good to be back in my home away from home. I first came to Budapest in 2009, looking for an atmospheric, inexpensive place to live and write. That year I spent the summer here. Since then I've lost track of how many times I've been back, but it must be around nine or so. Each time I get an apartment, settle in and spend the days writing in my favorite cafes and my evenings hanging out with the friends I've made around here. It's not a bad life.
Ah, life is good when the summer is endless! One of the great things about life as an itinerant writer is the option of flying south for the winter. Not that winters in Southern California are so bad, but for the next few months I've decamped for the milder climes of Australia.
I'm here visiting good friends at Lilli Pilli Beach in New South Wales, four hours south of Sydney, to relax and and pound out my latest novel revisions.
Four years have passed since I published my first suspense novel, Natalia: A Vigilante Thriller. I'd always planned on making this into a series following our heroine, Natalia Nicolaeva, as she goes up against organized crime figures and corrupt government officials all around the world. That first book was an origin story, showing how Natalia goes from being a quiet farm girl from Moldova into an international crime fighter. I even started on the sequel, but then got sidetrack
Six months ago I dropped my smartphone onto a hard tile floor and shattered the screen. It marked the beginning of an extended period of digital detox. Not that I didn't still have my laptop, but for six months now I've been using an old 1990s Nokia dumb phone. It was a bit of an experiment to see what life looked like without that constant distraction everywhere I went. In a lot of ways I found this preferable to the dopamine addiction of smartphone living. We are
It's been about two years since I started working on my latest novel, tentatively titled Enemies: A War Story. This is a big one, epic in scope, and with all of the research involved as well as the writing, it has more or less consumed me during this time period. So, when my good friend Gabor announced that he was coming for a visit from Hungary, I decided that this was a great time to take a break and put the manuscript aside for a while in order to take a good, old-fashioned Americ
It has been five weeks now since I destroyed my smart phone and switched back to an old "dumb" phone that I had lying around in a drawer. So far, I have to say, I haven't missed having a smart phone much. I've always disliked that feeling of carrying around such a distraction wherever I go. I don't like that nagging desire to constantly check my emails, and texts, and Facebook, news, etc., etc. It is a relief to just be able to forget about all of that stuff.&nb
Anybody who knows me might have noticed that my online presence has diminished considerably over that past year or so. Part of this has to do with the fact that as I've focused on my latest writing project, I've let my career as a self-published author dwindle. My newest book is not the typical genre novel that can thrive on its own. This one is the type of story that will need a home with a traditional publisher to succeed. And so I've spent less time marketing myself and my b
I suppose I'm a little late for a New Years post, being as this is already the 5th of January, but Happy New Year anyway! I hope things are starting well for everybody, despite which side of the political spectrum you might find yourself on. Either way, it should be an interesting year... As for me, I'm starting things off with cover re-designs for all of my books in the Bachelor Series:
I've put these books back on the Kindle Unlimited subscription service, which
After a year of research and writing, I just today completed the first full draft of my latest project! It feels pretty good to have it done. This novel is tentatively titled Enemies: A War Story and it follows the tale of two young men from Chicago who embark on an epic journey in 1941 and end up caught between warring nations. It is a long and convoluted story but I plan to start posting some chapters here soon. In the meantime, revisions await! This is still goin
For anyone who has popped in to this blog in the last six months, things have been awfully quiet! After five years of writing romance novels, a memoir and a thriller, I've finally immersed myself in a project I've wanted to get to for the past ten years. Yes, it is a novel. No, it isn't a romance, or a thriller. This one is based on a true story from WW II. It's not your typical war story, in any sense. I'm not quite ready to reveal it yet, other than to say t
Well, they said it was an El Nino year here in Southern California. It was supposed to be non-stop rain over the course of this winter, yet lately it has been more like summer! Here in Laguna Beach, where I'm currently working on my next book, the temps have been in the 80s for weeks (mid-20s Celsius). For the last few days we've had a bit of a cool down, but the heat is forecast to return this weekend!
Not that I'm complaining. I always love a warm day in wi
Wow, another year is upon us! I've been a bit slack about updating this blog, but thought I'd stop in exactly one month since my last post for a brief update. New for this year, I've taken the leap into audio books with the first of the Bachelor Series, Bachelor Number Five, now live as an audible version. You can check out a sample on the book's Amazon page. Just click on the link below the cover image.
It was a fun process, choosing a narrator and then goin
Wow, I've been M.I.A. from this blog for a while! I am still hard at work writing, currently spending a bit of time in the winter wonderland known as Mammoth Lakes, CA. I've decided to put my suspense/thriller up on Amazon for free for the next few days. This is the story of Natalia Nicolaeva, an innocent girl from Eastern Europe who is forced to go up against a brutal crime gang in Istanbul. If you'd like to check it out, you can find it free for Kindle here: Natalia: A
G'Day from the land down under! After finishing the first four books in my Bachelor Series, I've spent the last few days formatting a boxed set which includes them all:
Anyone who is interested in reading the series so far can now download them all in one file, and save $6 in the process. All told, this file came out to just under 1,000 pages. Whew, that's a lot of pages! I'm not sure I ever expected to write anything nearly this long, and I'm not done yet.&n
It's good to be back down under! I've been here in Australia for about a week and a half now, visiting friends and now trying to settle in a little bit to write, surf and enjoy the ambiance of the place. Today the surf was pretty small, so I didn't have to feel so bad when I saw this sign on the beach:
Well, it was going to be more of a writing day anyway. You can't just mess around all the time, right? These books won't write themselves! So now I'm set
Well, the itinerant writer's tour is heading down under! I'm off to Sydney in two more days. When I was in high school I was an exchange student in Australia, in a smallish town in Queensland named Toowoomba. Since that time, I visited Australia as often as I could to see old friends and travel. Generally that meant once every five years or so.
Over the past ten years, however, as commodity prices soared, Australia got very expensive. The economy is hig
Phew, after what seemed like a lot longer than I expected, I finally got my latest version of the Bachelor Series up on Amazon. Bachelor of Arts is now available for pre-sale!
This episode follows Samantha, who seems to have it all: a respected career as a celebrity lawyer, a handsome deputy D.A. boyfriend, a promising future... So why does one meeting with rebellious street artist Brent Cassady make her want to throw it all away?
As we move through these lazy days of summer, it's good to be spending some time back home in Laguna Beach, California! Being here takes me back to my childhood, when I spent days on end lounging on these sands and swimming in the great blue Pacific with friends.
It's hard to beat this place in the summer, and I remind myself how lucky I am to call it home. Now I've got to cut this short, as one of those childhood friends is on his way over to pick me up for a surf sessi
Well, it's nice to be a #1 bestseller, even if the book is free. I'm running a free promo this week on Bachelor Number Five and it's climbed all the way up to the #1 spot on Amazon's humorous romance list.
The free giveaway runs through July 2nd, so if it's not too late you can pick up a copy here!
I'm still hanging out up here at Mammoth Lakes in California's Eastern Sierra. What a beautiful start to summer! Today was 85 degrees, light wind, and sunny blue skies. Great for a bike ride up around the lakes and then down to Mammoth Creek, where I found this nice little spot in the shade to get some writing done while listening to the gurgling stream.
I'm very nearly done with my revisions for my latest Bachelor novel, Bachelor of Arts. Then it will be off
It's official! We can call it a season for skiing and snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain here in California. The ski resort closed down for the year this afternoon, but I managed to get out to enjoy it and make some turns these last few days.
It was actually the worst ski season in nearly 40 years here in California due to the drought, and Mammoth was due to close weeks ago, but a few late season storms dropped enough snow to extend it through Memorial Day.
Today was stunningly beautiful in San Francisco, with a light breeze and temps near 80 degrees. I rode my bike over to the Marina District to work in a sidewalk cafe until lunch and then went on out to Fort Point to check the surf. It was pretty good, though crowded.
I didn't have my board with me, but still it was nice just to hang out and watch the waves, and the ships sailing in and out of the bay. Sometimes the writer's life is not so bad!
It always feels great to get a first draft done on a novel. You chip away and chip away over time, adding pages every day, until finally you are finished! Whew, what a relief! Then comes all of the revisions, but for a while it is nice to just forget about that and let the accomplishment wash over you. That's where I'm at now with my latest novel, Bachelor of Arts. It still needs some work, but I'm very happy to have a draft completed. To help celebrate, I'll
I was fortunate enough to catch the Ai Weiwei exhibit on Alcatraz last night before it closes for good on April 26th. The installations are located in several parts on the former prison, including some sections that aren't typically open to the public.
The whole installation is meant to provoke thoughts on the concept of incarceration in general, and more specifically political repression. This is all about the idea that states can and often do oppress and lock up their