About the Author: Kent Wayne

Hello everybody, my name is Kent Wayne.  I’ve started getting requests for personal info so I thought I’d put up this author page.  I know it’s commonly practiced social media etiquette to post lots of pictures and stuff about personal life, but I tend to veer the other way—I like my privacy.  Sorry if that offends you; I’m not trying to be rude.

I spent ten years in the military.  I was never a sex-nuts strong, roided-out Bin-laden-wasting-stud, nor was I a fat, whiny, high-and-tight (it’s the stereotypical military haircut) wearing pencil-pusher that lived to yell at people about uniform and haircut regulations because he was bullied in high school and couldn’t get a date.  Within those two extremes, I fall somewhere in between.  I’m not going to specify what units or branches I was in.  That was a different person, and it doesn’t matter now—I’m out and done with that stuff.  While it definitely informs my writing, the chapter has closed on that part of my life.

I prefer not to be thanked for my service.  There’s plenty of great articles out there that can express why better than I ever could.

My view on the military, just to give you some insight on my perspective:  the military is a reflection of society.  Of humanity.  Within it, you can find behavior that is villainous, heroic, idiotic, and genius.  The full spectrum.  And just like life, one person can exhibit some of each.  Nobody is a badass 100% of the time.  Nobody is a piece of shit 100% of the time.  I find most portrayals of the military reductive in that it doesn’t recognize this basic fact:  the military is made up of humans, and they are subject to human nature.  When it becomes clear that “shitbags” can be amazing and “heroes” can be child molesters, then the folly of using a label to reduce somebody to hero, baby-killer, badass, or brainwashed is revealed to be shortsighted and childish.

This is everywhere, not just the military.  I’m resigned to the idea that humans love to reduce the complexity of life into an easy-to-get-riled about, simplistic viewpoint.  But I have seen it get better as I’ve gotten older, so I still have hope.  I think the internet—and the increased ease of sharing information—has a lot to do with that.

The great lesson I learned from the military:  Ideals are nice and soul-stirring, but people tend to get blinded by them.  It is the ability to perceive the minutely relevant changes from instance to instance, from circumstance to circumstance, that will carry you.  It is not comfortably reductive idealism, but all-inclusory awareness that will let you navigate not just life, but all of existence.

(Hops off the soapbox)  I know that’s a poor bio, but I hope that my obnoxiously grandiose statement reveals more about me than if I were to list a boring series of life events.  And I hope it wasn’t too pretentiously poetic.  As a character from one of my favorite authors says (about a bunch of mentally masturbatory goth vampire wannabes):  “Too much time on their hands.  Leads to poetry.”

(Just kidding.  I love poetry.  Some of it.  Maybe.)

Thanks for checking out my work!  To all you writers, I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!

Kent Wayne

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898 thoughts on “About the Author: Kent Wayne

  1. you don’t “list a chronological series of life events”, Kent, but your writing is utterly beautiful, wise, from solid and profoundly absorbed, it would appear, experience, and from an evidently compassionate heart, don’t ”]hop[] off [your] soapbox”, you belong there – R ! chard

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  2. Hey Kent!

    I was wondering if by any chance you could answer these three questions for me? If you’re busy, short answers are totally cool, John Scalzi gave me one-liners 🙂

    1. How do you deal with the trolls?

    2. Can you really make money from blogging?

    3. Did your blog make you famous?

    Thanks!

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    • 1. I try to address each point logically, and I wish them the best. If there is any grain of truth to there statement, I will agree with them and actually amplify my agreement by providing an anecdote. Then I will logically point out if the statement is leading to a false conclusion.

      2. I’m not sure about making money from blogging. I make a couple hundred bucks a year from books and blogging, so it’s really just a labor of love at this point.

      3. My blog did NOT make me famous, haha! I’m still very much a small-time indie author.

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  3. I can relate to your sentiment—reflection on society … the full spectrum—being prior military myself. I’m pleased to see someone with a similar background on the same path, albeit much further ahead and in a different genre. Good luck and happy writing!

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  4. Really liked this post on complexity rather than reductionism…good luck with your creativity…something I have come across recently is the idea, as well as science , of an ‘Electric Universe’…check it out on the internet

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  5. Glad to meet you. Love the racey and thoughtful author page! Very creative and totally real. It is always refreshing to get past the bullshit. So thank you.

    I was a 911 medic many years ago in a gang and drug infested city in Northern California, and can relate to your characterization of the military in the fourth paragraph. Brutal honesty, got to love it! Many of the medics I worked with fit those descriptions, myself included.

    I just started blogging in July, and appreciate that you’ve visited my site. I look forward to exploring yours. Great to meet you, even though it is behind a curtian as you suggest; truth is reflected in your words not your material identity. 🙃

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    • Man, you and your coworkers have probably seen more gnarly shit than I have! Much respect! It’s great to connect with someone who sees past all the “hero” BS and sees that we humans are a lot more prone to being vicious chimps than many think we are, and that the sociopathic mindset can be a beautiful and useful thing, if someone learns how to channel it properly. Happy blogging! 🙂

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  6. I bet we both have many gorie stories but meh that past is in the past but as you said informs part of us. And yes unfortunately many cannot get past the brainstem. But I like the intrigue of the sociopath, the brain evolving and mingling the layers. I definitely think that is where creativity lives. A toast to blog expression!

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  7. Thank you for looking at my blog, even if it is only a few hours old! While I’m not doing this for the views or likes, it’s nice to be noticed. I love your style of writing; it’s very thought-provoking! 🙂

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  8. Hi Kent! First, thanks so much for reading/liking my review post of Dead Sea Rising, Jerry B. Jenkins new novel. By your blogname, I wasn’t sure how much we’d have in common, but I came here to return the favor. I very much appreciated your honesty in your “about” page and find that I can appreciate and/or agree with you on much of what you said. I have many military family members through the generations, including siblings and son-in-law now, and get what you are saying. I look forward to reading more of your writings here. Thanks again!

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    • The events throughout Echo (particularly in book 4) are my best explanation for all of reality given the idea that the universe possesses an underlying order. So the idea of divinity from a mystical perspective is explored throughout. 😊

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    • Indeed they do, and although they may possess the darkest, most cynical humor, Marines at company level are always dependable and ALWAYS hilarious! I haven’t laughed as hard at a standup comedian as I have at Marine infantry just sitting around and BSing. Good luck with your blog and thanks for the compliment!

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  9. Thank you from continually making your way to my blog. I might not be a professional writer but I read lots and lots of fantasy novels and Role-playing stories. I have enjoyed reading your work and look forward to continue following their story as it unfolds.

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  10. Hello. After reading the first chapters of “Approaching Shatter”, I still wonder who I have more in common with, you or Atriya. Congratulations on your books. I hope to trail that path one day, eventually. Perhaps, when the time comes, I can learn something from you. Like we say it on my unit: PRESS AHEAD! I’ll do the same here.

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    • Well, I have a helluva lot in common with Atriya, and so do a lot of folks, I think, haha! Maybe not everyone’s an elite doorkicker, but we’ve all gotten to that point where we WTF because we’re working our ass off and everyone else is kind of cruising.

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  11. Many thanks, Kent, for making yourself known to me. I see now you are a guy who roots for us indie authors. Maybe I’ll read one of your novels, and you’ll read on of mine. In fact, this is my opportunity to flat-out ask. Which of your books do you recommend for us newbies?

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    • I really only have one series, so I guess Echo 1. It bears a lot of blemishes as my first attempt at fiction, so if you give it a go, I apologize in advance. I promise it gets smoother and more intense as the story progresses.😅

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  12. Thanks, Bud, I’ll read Echo 1 and get back to you. 😉
    My two are… DOG$ is a thriller about an unlikely anti-jihad hero who saves D.C., one summer weekend, and becomes the world’s most hated American. Drops you right into the action from line one.
    A Crime Not to Try — A Sixties Romance is about four anti-Vietnam War activists who, in the Summer of Love, enter into a Tantric Marriage. Not porn, not about orgies and bad faith. The novel celebrates a gaudy decade’s legend of the rise and fall and return of a quartet of laughing Sixties street heroes who, as the cynical Seventies arrive, make History by refusing to stop caring.

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  13. Bud, I’m reading Echo. A few quick impressions… Virile, legitimately tough-minded and intriguing from the very first sentence. And, as fifty years a martial artist, I share your hero’s gusto for extreme training. 😉 Also, when I admit your’s is the first 21st century sci-fi I’ve read, this comes from a long-time friend of Robert A. Madle. I don’t know how up you are on the origins of fandom, but Bob is one of only three remaining survivors of First Fandom. Bob is in his nineties now, but still — in the vernacular of his era — the swellest guy you could ever want to know. So, sir, thanks for bringing me so explosively home to my all-time favorite genre. Now I’m eager to get back to see how things are going for Atriya…

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    • Hey thank you much, Herbork! Yep, in Echo 1, Atriya definitely hasn’t gotten past the “chest-thumping self-validation for insecure man-children” part of martial arts, but as the story progresses I start expanding all up into existential philosophical weirdness, so I hope that doesn’t turn you off. 😅

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  14. “It is not comfortably reductive idealism, but all-inclusory awareness that will let you navigate not just life, but all of existence.“

    So true! For a bio of one who wishes to keep his private life private, this is a beautifully telling portrayal of your thinking. Well done.

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  15. Hi Kent, trying to be a bit more social and dropped by. Glad I did.

    Your bio is unconventional, but intriguing. Coincidentally I had just been thinking about cultivated identities and branding and death of the author when I clicked on your page. For all the advice about bios and projecting an artistic persona, there is perhaps something to be said about remaining a little more mysterious.

    Anyhow, thanks for all your support. I hope I can return the favour and check out your book soon.

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  16. Like you I enjoy and appreciate my privacy. But let me say this is one of the best bios I’ve read in some time. The strength of your writing parallels the strengths it takes to get through this life, whether in or out of the military but more so in the military. Thanks for sharing this part of yourself, and I appreciate your “liking” my post on the word “contemplate.”

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    • Hey no problem, Sherrey! And thanks for the kind words. I agree with you in that there is definitely a certain strength that transcends the physical which transfers from activity to activity. Before, I used to think it was macho-ness, but later, after much pain, I learned it was much more than that.😅

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  17. I appreciate your transparency in this bio. I think it tells people more about you than any selfie or picture of your food could. I am married to a veteran, and I think he would agree with your depiction of the military and humanity in general. Also, thanks for liking my post about my author journey. It’s a weird thing, this thing we call life!

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    • Thank you for the endorsement and indeed it is! This life is so crazy and nonsensical when you start considering humanity’s tiny place in the universe, yet ironically, we’re faced with these illusory constructs of mundanity and ultra-seriousness every single day. I feel like writing helps me keep my perspective. 🙂

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  18. Thank you for swinging by my blog. Reading your bio, I wonder: does this guy know my son? Ha! You are quite similar to him (he’s career Army). I hope to read more from you & will probably read Echo – not my genre for writing, but definitely the genre I like to read.

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    • Hey thanks, TCFWA! Good for your son, and I hope he stays safe.

      Echo’s pretty dark and focuses on the idea of disillusionment with the warrior path. In the third book, it starts turning towards the magic/existentialist philosophy side of things, and then the fourth book takes a deep dive into that stuff. I hope none of that turns you off!😊

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  19. I was a lifetime Army FO/Fire Support and air-ground dude.

    Keys to success: 1. Live in horrible environments, 2. Carry excessively heavy mostly useless shit. 3. Ensure that nothing mechanical or electric ever works. 4. Make sure that communications only break down when you need them. 5. Buy your own crap in Junction City, Killeen or Lawton because the Army is too cheap to provide it. 6. Everyone else claims to be bigger/better/more heroic than you, so say nothing ever. 7. Worship all forms of Coffee.

    Thanks for serving, my DSFB

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    • Thank YOU, brother! I’m not in the military anymore, and I’m trying to avoid rubbing my office colleagues the wrong way with my caveman nature, so I try to reinterpret that wisdom you outlined for the world of Mister and Ms., as opposed to our beloved/hated one of Sir and Ma’am:

      1. Do the job, preferably before someone asks me to.

      2. Crack polite jokes and smile a lot.

      3. Push myself like I’m still in the military, but don’t tell no one. The glimpses people get—even just through my conduct and appearance—are more than enough.

      Honestly, I kinda wish it was more like you laid it out. It fulfills the inner caveman a helluva lot more. I also wish that civilians, instead of giving me a free lunch at Applebee’s once a year, would follow Key to Success #2. I feel like that would eliminate 80% of the divide between military and civilians. 😅

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  20. I’ve been meaning to ask you a question, if you don’t mind. You friended my herbork.com page within a half hour of me posting the advertisement for my new novel, A Crime Not to Try. How is it possible you were all over my fiction so fast? Who tipped you off?

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  21. ‘Nobody is a piece of shit 100% of the time.’ We become whole as a person when we reconnect somehow with all aspects of our selves. Eastern Philosophy portrays this wholeness with the yin/yang symbol. Thanks for sharing your biography.

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  22. Well, after reading your brilliantly written author page, I’m feeling the feels that you “liked” my poem “How The Men Want To Fly.” Since you do love poetry. Sometimes. Or never. Or rarely. Or perhaps only in secret. Your prolific output is inspiring!

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