Ken Pratt and his wife, Cathy, have been married for 22 years and are blessed with five children and six grandchildren. They live on the Oregon Coast where they are raising the youngest of their children. Though the Pratts have had many trials over the years, in 2012 Cathy, a prospering realtor at the time, was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 45. Kenneth, otherwise known as “Ken” says, “We just take it one day at a time and enjoy the time we have with her. I believe that’s why people can connect with the characters I write about. We all go through hard times and wonder if life will ever get any better when everything appears to be so dark. I have seen the providence of God work in my life many times. It is my greatest desire to write stories that bring hope to the reader, no matter what they are going through. Life can get tough, but hope is always available if we learn to trust Jesus, and wait on Him.”
Ken Pratt grew up in the small farming community of Dayton, Oregon. He worked through his school years on a farm and ventured to Petersburg, Alaska at the age of sixteen to work in a salmon cannery. It was a summer job he would keep for the next four years. He has worked as a gas station attendant, at a fertilizer plant, cheese factory, a warehouseman, a high school wrestling coach, manufacturing equipment, underground construction, steel mill, funeral director/embalmer, retirement community, and building maintenance.
Ken worked to make a living, but his passion has always been writing. Having a busy family, the only “free” time he had to write was late at night getting no more than five hours of sleep a night. He has penned several novels that are being published along with several children stories as well. Ken Pratt says, “If you want something bad enough, you’ll sacrifice something else to get it. I sacrifice sleep. I do not write to be a best seller or for wealth, I write to bring hope into the lives of the hopeless and encourage the disheartened through the lives of the characters and God’s providence in my stories. There is always ‘Hope’ and that is the purpose of my books.”
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