Ken La Salle

The best is yet to come...

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... Look for The Wrong Magic coming

from WiDo Publishing on December 16th!...


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You can also find me on these fine, Internet locales...

Recovering the Self

The Aron Joice Site


Welcome to the Internet home of Ken La Salle.

Here you can find his plays.

You can purchase his books.

You can even catch a glimpse of his twisted, twisted mind...

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indian paintbrush (now available)

Maybe there are times when “family” comes down to a group of people you just can’t stand, who you actively hate. And these are the people with whom you will share some of your fondest memories.

Find out more about indian paintbrush by clicking the book cover to the left!

Now available in ebook and audiobook format!

To a Dreamer (now available)

This compilation of three books - The Worth of Dreams The Value of Dreamers, In Our Selves, and Dreaming With Open Eyes – is sent out into the world, addressed to a dreamer, to help you understand the power dreams have to enrich our lives.

So Dream Something!

Every month, I visit with someone who is actively pursuing their dreams and talk about how that pursuit has benefitted their lives. Through victory and struggle, find out why I give this advice to all of my listeners: So Dream Something!

(click the icon to the left to find out more!)



Readings and signings!

I always love meeting with and talking with my readers. If you would like to arrange a reading or signing, or if you have a blog or podcast you would like me to appear on, please get in touch!

After more than a decade in the tech writing biz, I decided it was about time for me to release a comprehensive primer describing just what it takes to have that technical writing career you've always dread - er - dreamed of! Just click the link to the left. (July 2014)

After more than a decade in the copywriting biz, I decided it was about time for me to release a comprehensive primer describing just what it takes to have that copywriting career you've always dread - er - dreamed of! Just click the link to the left. (July 2014)

After more than a decade in the play writing biz, I decided it was about time for me to release a comprehensive primer describing just what it takes to have that play writing career you've always dread - er - dreamed of! Just click the link to the left. (July 2014)

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Ken La Salle

Mobsters, Monsters, & Nazis!...

I don't ordinarily plug other people's work on this site but when you see something that looks like this much fun you just have to plug away...

Well, the time has come to announce Dan O’Brien’s latest project: Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis: a collaboration between Dan O’Brien and Steve Ferchaud, who illustrated Conspirators of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collection Agency.
 It will be released as six issues (eBooks) starting on Halloween. It is influenced by film noir, pulp comics, and an abiding love of Lovecraft. It is now available for pre-order and Dan will be promoting it heavily starting in the month of October. He would love to hear what you think of it so far! Visit him at: or on Twitter, @AuthorDanOBrien.
I encourage you to check out Dan's work. Head on down to Amazon for this one-of-a-kind project, just $2.99! Posted: Mon 20th of October, 2014

The Wrong Magic is coming...

Coming on 12/16/14!

Posted: Mon 13th of October, 2014

To a Dreamer - the Trailer...

Posted: Thu 9th of October, 2014

Where one chapter ends, another begins…

Today, I finally made a decision I’ve been putting off for quite some time.In 2002, after my first play “Everything Changes” found a staged reading at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, someone dropped the name of Eric Eberwein to my in conversation. Eric is one of Southern California’s finest playwrights and a great guy who ran the Orange County Playwrights Alliance in Orange County, California. He still runs it, and that group consistently puts new theatre on stages all over Southern California.I was thrilled to be accepted and joined OCPA with the intent of honing my craft in playwriting and putting my work up on stage. This happened on several occasions – but it didn’t take too long to find that my expectations didn’t exactly live up to reality.For whatever reason, my plays just didn’t make it on stage enough to honestly justify the amount of time I was committing to writing new plays. I found more acceptance in my books, especially my audiobooks. I had to admit that the door to live theater wasn’t going to open as easily as I hoped and it certainly wasn’t happening through writing plays.So, this morning when I was asked what I was going to do, stay in OCPA or leave – and this was after two years of silence on my part – I decided the time had come for a decision… This is actually a decision I’ve been considering for some time but I suppose it’s only right that I stop putting it off.For more than ten years, I put the focus of my writing career on writing for theater. In that time, I amassed 27 full-length plays and around 17 short plays under my belt and I wouldn’t have done any of it without the encouragement and support of so many writers and actors associated with OCPA. That includes yourself and Eric Eberwein, Stephanie Schulz and so many more. Unfortunately, my style of writing never really seemed to catch on with OCPA or its audiences. OCPA certainly isn’t to blame for this; the aging audience of live theater is no secret to anyone and my writing with its absurd twists and detours isn’t really suited to an audience looking for something else.In my time with OCPA, I have been privileged to see several of my shows put on stage. From OC-Centric, which I was fortunate to be a part of twice, through OCPA Studios, so much of my work found its way in front of audiences when it might otherwise not have. I was also privileged to see my work in front of audiences from New York to San Francisco, Santa Barbara to Laguna Beach. But the truth of it was I just never seemed to gain traction in a market that, perhaps, I wasn’t suited to and, instead, followed the path of least resistance, which in my case turned out to be writing books. In the last few years, I have self-published or worked with publishers to release more than 22 ebooks, 9 audiobooks, and a few paperbacks. In the coming year, I’m working with WiDo Publishing and Vagabondage Press in releasing two more titles and I will be self-publishing more.I love writing performance pieces and will continue trying to find homes for my plays in the future. In the coming year, I will be moving my work into new media in an effort to self-produce something new and different under the name of Third Wall. My hope is that will work out better than playwriting.So, with that said, my short answer is that I am leaving OCPA. Whatever disagreements I’ve had with the way OCPA works, none of that overshadows what a positive experience being a part of OCPA has been for me. It has been a great experience and I would recommend it to any playwright interested in working with a group. Though I am moving on, I want you to know it’s not because of any bad feelings. If anything, you guys have my respect for continuing to fight the good fight.I’m just done for now.Mind you, I’m not saying “never again” to writing plays. For the next few years, however, my focus will be somewhere else. (Besides, with 27 full-length plays, I have plenty of work just trying to find them homes!) Posted: Sun 5th of October, 2014

And there's much more still on the way in 2014...

Some of you may have noticed that I only listed six titles (in my previous post), but I'm actually releasing seven. That’s where WiDo Publishing comes in. They’ll be releasing my romantic fantasy novel, The Wrong Magic, in just a few months. We’ve been working hard these past few months, getting The Wrong Magic ready for release and I hope you pick up a copy when it comes out sometime around December. You can read more about that here.
If this year was only about new releases, it would be a busy year, indeed. But there’s more. Because my other goal was to shake things up a bit. As I near my 50th birthday in 2015 – yes, it’s coming that soon – I wanted that to be the cap on a year of amazing new projects. This all started nearly a year ago, when Vicky and I first discussed the idea of a series of children’s books for adults, which would become the Fun To Grow On series. So far, two books in the series are out. I’ve listed them above. They are Cookies: Sluts of the Snack World and Puppies: Best in Stew. It’s not just about breaking rules and shaking things up in my writing but also about doing the same in my life, giving myself permission to work on those kinds of projects that are more on the edge. Fun To Grow On still has three more books in the series. That’s only the beginning.
This week, I’ll begin work on my book about growing up in the 1970’s, called False Starts. All the bad TV and great music. All the kitsch and what it was like to grow up in a time when bell-bottoms were sold in stores... in public! False Starts will have all that and more and I can’t wait to write it. Of course, a book like this has required a mountain of research and, before I can write it, I’ve got to wade through all that research. I’ve got my snorkeling gear and I am ready to go!
Posted: Tue 30th of September, 2014

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