K D Kragen 

Philosopher, writer, teacher, editor, husband, father and grandfather. Interests include Aikido and Iaido, riding his motorcycle (Veronica), and running.

A 3rd generation San Franciscan, KD grew up in the Italian District of the city. He played guitar with his friend Lenny (on accordion) and they performed at Italian parties and weddings, planning later to travel through Europe. Such plans were short-lived, as the  Vietnam War was on and KD's number came up. He was drafted but got into the U.S. Coast Guard; served 4 years in SAR (search and rescue) and ATON (aids to navigation).

After the service he married the love of his life, Janet, who helped him gain an appreciation of classical literature and he helped her gain an appreciation of classical music. Despite all his education, many are surprised to learn that KD hadn't learned to read until the fourth grade, and hadn't read a full novel until he was in high school. Early favorite writers: Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, and Jules Verne. With his Veterans benefits he went to college and got a B.A. in Philosophy and two graduate degrees in Philosophy. It was during his college years that he began writing. He completed his first short story "The Chairs" in 1984.

In 1989 K.D. and family moved to Bainbridge Island, WA where he got a job washing dishes at the Streamliner Diner, joined a local writers group, and started his first novel titled Creatures of the Heart. (Note: he worked at the diner until his wife told him he's no longer allowed to work outside the home; after that his writing output increased dramatically.) Since then he's finished 8 novels with two more in progress.

KD recently finished his seventh novel, the third in the series of The KillWare Chronicles, called The Accidental Prisoner, and eighth novel, third in the series of The Creature Chronicles, called Space Leviathan. His fourth novel, Plagueman, was released in December 2005 through ArcheBooks and is available for sale online as well as from your local bookstore. KillWare III: The Accidental Prisoner came out in early 2014. 

For the past twelve years KD has been the managing editor of Scandia Patch Press, and for four years he was a faculty member of an experimental college Trumeau College Of The Arts, heading the philosophy department. When he's not writing novels, working on cars, editing the strange works of other local writers, speaking at writers conferences, cooking dinner or pumping out book reviews, KD is usually trying to get a little sleep.

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