Author / Speaker
Ken McAlpine is the author of ten books: a collection of fiction, non-fiction and essays. Sunset Magazine called Ken’s novel Together We Jump "lyrical, evocative and deeply moving... a luminous American novel." USA Today said, “There’s a beautiful Forrest Gump feel to this book. The main character was a delight and I just loved his sad, wistful, wonderful tale.” The story was praised by the Los Angeles Review as "poetic... a roller coaster ride through the mind and soul... McAlpine's use of language and plot made every page turn." His novel Fog, an eerie maritime mystery that unfolds on the wreck-strewn coast of Cape Cod in 1882, was described by a reviewer as "one of the most intelligent, richly detailed, deeply felt and evocative novels I've read." His first book, the non-fiction work Off Season: Discovering America on Winter's Shore, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. His follow-up non-fiction book Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization was called “a rumination on what it means to be human”, and McAlpine was lauded as “a humorous and humble guide who takes his contemplation of our busy world into unexpected places.” His most recent novel, Nexus, picks up where the page-turning Juncture left off: Cerebral Jaws and riveting thriller, Nexus unspools in a world rapidly moving beyond anything we know. Our oceans are changing. Very soon survival may be more than just a word on this page.
Ken’s magazine articles have earned three Lowell Thomas awards, travel writing's top award. More important to him, assignments from magazines ranging from National Geographic Traveler to Sunset, have provided him unbridled opportunity for play; from diving with white sharks, to running the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, to sparring with the world shoot fighting champion (you cannot learn a martial art in a week).
Most important, Ken lives in Ventura with his beautiful wife Kathy and their two sons. He likes to stand in his yard at night looking at the stars, but he does not like to spend any time during the day doing yard work.