Lake Arrowhead Mountain

Sunrise Rotary Club

Novelist Ken Decroo

Old friend, old member and novelist Ken Decroo was today’s speaker. 
 
FIRST, Ken caught us up on what he has been up to – other than writing. Pretty much spends his time traveling, or at his place in Mexico.
 
His novel “Almost Human” did well, it is based on a chimp named Oliver that Ken owned for a number of years. Oliver had been mistreated and killed a man years ago; Ken was able to rescue Oliver and use him for Ken’s work in movie making. Oliver passed away 4 or 5 months ago at the age of 64.
 
Ken is working on his next book – a continuation of “Almost Human” titled “More Than Human.” The proceeds of the book are dedicated to “Hearts and Lives.”
 
A few thoughts on writing:
 
  • “First, live a life worth writing about!” (Hemingway)
  • Don’t write for money, write because you have a story to tell.
 
Ken is actually in the negotiation process to have his first book produced as a movie! Book number two should be out this summer.
 
As always, Ken has quite a number of stories to tell – and today he had an opportunity to do so.
 
Pretty exciting to have a novelist as a friend!