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...
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
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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Coming on 12/16/14!
Posted: Thu 9th of October, 2014
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