“I like reading history, and actually most authors enjoy the research part because it is, after all, easier than writing.” – Ken Follett
Born in Wales in June 1949, Follett has carved out arguably the number one spot in the world for the writing both thrillers and historical fiction. Since the publication of his first book Eye of the Needle in 1978 he has sold a remarkable 350 million copies (and counting), recently achieving a rare three Number Ones in a row on the New York Times Bestseller List with his “Century Trilogy.”
While words seem to flow effortlessly from Follett’s pen, he has been a champion for those who struggle with the reading and writing process, supporting a wide range of both local and international organizations that promote literacy, writing and support for those with maladies like dyslexia so that everyone can enjoy reading as much as he has.
“Without books I would not have become a vivacious reader,” he said, “and if you are not a reader you are not a writer. “
Follett said he very much likes the research process involved in creating his historical fiction. “I start with the history, and I ask myself, 'What are the great turning points? What are the big dramatic scenes that are essential to telling the story?' I like to create imaginary characters and events around a real historical situation. Iwant readers to feel: ‘Okay, this probably didn’t happen … but (wink, wink) it might have.”
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