Sunday, September 26, 2010

The All-American King character guide

All of the major characters and many of the minor characters in The All-American King represent individuals included in the Biblical account of King David's life. These representations are listed below. Characters in the novel are listed in red; the Biblical figures they represent are listed in blue.

Dave King - King David
Ozzie King - Ozem, brother of David
Obadiah King - Obed, grandfather of David
Sal Kishman - King Saul
Jesse King - Jesse, father of David
Anthony Krieger - Abishai, nephew of David
Joe Krieger - Joab, nephew of David
Asa Krieger - Asahel, nephew of David
Zoe Krieger - Zeruiah, sister of David
Abby King - Abigail, sister of David
Eli King - Eliab, brother of David
Adam King - Abinadab, brother of David
Shane King - Shimea, brother of David
Reverend Samuels - Samuel the prophet
John Kishman - Jonathan, son of Saul
Phil Galbraith - Goliath
Coach Acheson - King Achish
Doug Edmonds - Doeg the Edomite
Neil Heimlich - Ahimelech the priest
Michelle Kishman - Michal, daughter of Saul
Boz Kishman - Ish-Bosheth, son of Saul
Abner Kishman - Abner, cousin of Saul
Thor Heimlich - Abiathar the priest, son of Ahimelech
Coach Keeler - citizens of Keilah
Calvin Ziph - the Ziphites
Perry Arbuckle - Paarai the Arbite
Amy Martin - Ahinoam, wife of David
Caleb Nagel - Nabal the Calebite
Gail Taylor - Abigail, wife of David
Tank Garber - Gareb the Ithrite
Paul Lasch - Paltiel, husband of Michal
Kyle King - Kileab, son of David
Nathan Rodriguez - Nathan the prophet
Jason Hackman - Jashobeam the Hacmonite
Archie King - Absalom, son of David
Michael Lewis - Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan
Tammy King - Tamar, daughter of David
Jerry Irving - Jether, brother-in-law of David
Donnie King - Adonijah, son of David
Beth Schaeffer - Bathsheba
Ryan Schaeffer - Uriah, husband of Bathsheba
Jon King - Jonadab, nephew of David
Tom Nelson - Amnon, son of David
Levi Zadok - Zadok the priest
Andy Irving - Amasa, nephew of David
Sol Schaeffer - Solomon, son of David
Ben Shea - Sheba the Benjamite
Tony Huscher - Hushai the Arkite
Ben Jeffries - Benaiah, son of Jehoiada

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Book Promotional Tour - 5th Interview

"Our guest is sure excited to be here. And everybody in our studio audience will be excited too when they look under their seats and find an autographed copy of The All-American King. Yes, you're getting a free book. And you're getting a free book. And you're getting a free book. And you're getting a free book . . ."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Book Promotional Tour - 4th Interview

A fowl encounter with Martha Stewart.

"The All-American King: It's a good thing."

Friday, July 2, 2010

Book Promotional Tour - 3rd Interview

"The rumor going around town is that a big name director has signed on for the movie version of The All-American King. So, what I want to know is who's going to play Dave King? Is it Affleck? Damon? Bradley Cooper? Come on Kent, tell us what you know."

Monday, June 28, 2010

Book Promotional Tour - 2nd Interview

Chatting with the ladies of The View. Today's hot topic, The All-American King.

"This book is about a modern-day King David? So what? Who cares?"

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Book Promotional Tour - 1st Interview

"Tonight, exclusive, Kent Krause, his first TV interview about his novel, The All-American King. He'll be here the whole hour to talk about a modern day King David who plays football. Your calls and questions all next on Larry King Live."

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Vaughn and Favreau

My top five Vince Vaughn - Jon Favreau movies:

5) Couples Retreat - Now it's a party.

4) Rudy - The movie that put Vaughn and Favs on the map.

3) The Break-Up - A bit darker and a lot funnier than the typical romantic comedy. Vaughn and Favreau's bar scenes are great.

2) Made - Vaughn is such an obnoxious "tall drink of water" in this one. But that's what we love about him.

1) Swingers - The classic is still money.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bad is Still Good

Last year at this time I shared my favorite television shows. Breaking Bad topped my list of dramas in the spring of 2009 and The Office was my favorite comedy. Now a year later have my picks changed?

No and yes.

Breaking Bad, currently in its third season on AMC, is still my choice for best drama. The characters, the tension, the comedy, the drama, the acting, the writing--everything with that show is crazy good. If you haven't been watching, check out seasons one and two on DVD.

My favorite comedy has changed. The new champion is Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday night). Absolutely hilarious. The show follows the lives of three different families that, despite being related, are very different from each other. The talented ensemble cast produces continual laughs regardless of which storyline is being featured.

Honorable mention: Glee. Sue Sylvester never fails to crack me up. Outstanding.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March Madness

I used to watch college basketball all the time. This year, not so much. I watched only one game all season (ISU-Nebraska). That didn't stop me from entering an NCAA tournament contest to win free food from Old Chicago. Why let something like complete ignorance keep me from joining the millions of other sports fans who fill out brackets each March?

At some point while making my picks, I realized that I can't name a single player on any of the 65 tournament teams. Amazing, considering that for several years I had season tickets to the ISU Cyclone games at Hilton Coliseum.

Who is my pick to win it all? Villanova. Why, you ask? No reason. That's just who I picked.

So now I'm hoping that Villanova's star player [insert appropriate name here] and his talented teammate [insert name] score lots of points and bring home the national title for their great coach, [insert name]. Go Wildcats! They are still the Wildcats, aren't they?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The end of the world as we know it

Just watched 2012, so now I know all about the cataclysms that will befall this planet in a couple years. The movie stars John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, and the kid who plays young Shawn in Psych. Oh yeah, Woody from Cheers is in there too.

My review of the movie: Though cheesy, cliched, and cartoonishly unbelievable at times, 2012 is a great ride. The destruction scenes are spectacular and the story is entertaining. Perhaps my biggest criticism is that by the third act the plot becomes a modern retelling of a familiar Bible story. That's just silly. Who would do that? Nonetheless, the movie is so much fun, I gotta give it a thumbs up.

Still, I wonder if Cusack could have prevented all that solar flare devastation by holding up a boombox to deflect away the sun's rays.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Man of a Certain Age

This morning during a yawn, I arched my back into a stretch. You've probably done this yourself. You know, one of those stretches with arms raised and shoulders back. Anyway, while doing this, I felt a stabbing pain in my back, like someone had thrust a knife into my left lung. Movement was difficult for a few seconds. Though I eventually recovered a nearly full range of motion, a knot of dull pain remains in that area of my back.

So I have now reached the age that I need to do warm up stretches before I stretch.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Spring Will Arrive

And soon, there will be baseball . . .

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Get Lost

Tonight begins the final season of Lost. Last season’s finale ended with a hydrogen bomb explosion and left us with many unanswered questions . . .

Did Jack’s plan to set off the H-bomb actually reverse the course of events that led to the crash of Oceanic 815?

Did anybody die in the explosion? If so, will Hurley be able to see them?

What does the death of Jacob mean? And will his nemesis (now appearing as Locke) bring good or evil to the island’s inhabitants?

Just how old is Richard, and why doesn’t he age?

How many funny nicknames will Sawyer come up with this year?

Will Charlie come back with his three hobbit friends: Frodo, Sam, and Pippin?

How tall is Walt now?

Will the Oceanic 815 survivors meet up with Gilligan and the other folks from the S.S. Minnow?

Tune in to ABC tonight to find out the answers . . .

Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Characters on 24

A new season of 24 is underway. There are plenty of new characters, but which ones will survive the season? Below is my estimation of their chances:

Brian Hastings: He should learn to trust Chloe. He probably survives, but his mistakes will cost lives. 75%

Farhad Hassan: He’s already revealed himself as a bad guy and early villains don’t last long on this show. 10%

President Omar Hassan: You may remember him as the game show host in Slumdog Millionaire. I hope he makes it to the last episode, so he can point to a battered and bloody Jack and exclaim, “What a player!” 80%

Freddie Prinze Jr. (Cole): Bad things usually happen to guys who hang around with Jack. He may survive, but he loses one or more body parts along the way. 60%

Starbuck (Dana): Does this mean that Cylons have infiltrated CTU? Either way, Katee Sackoff is a survivor. 90%

Dom from Entourage (the angry cop): Guys who beat up Jack usually die, but I think he just quietly fades from the story. 85%

Percy from The Green Mile (Davros the assassin): Jack has already killed him, and this guy will stay dead! 0%

Meredith Reed: Yeah, I don’t like her chances. 5%

Jack’s granddaughter, Teri: Not only does she survive, but she saves her mom (Kim) from a mountain lion attack after they land in LA. 100%

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


I was recently interviewed by Cathy Bryant for her Christian fiction blog, WordVessel. This interview (posted January 12, 2010) is available at the link below:

Monday, January 11, 2010

My Teachers

Before and during the writing of my first novel, I studied several books on how to write fiction. The list includes Writing for the Soul (Jerry Jenkins), On Writing (Stephen King), Bird by Bird (Anne Lamott) and The First Five Pages (Noah Lukeman). I also read scores of useful articles in The Writer, a magazine I’ve subscribed to for eight years. All of the above provided invaluable lessons and advice as I wrote The All-American King.

Now halfway through my second novel, I’m finding it beneficial to consult my old “teachers” again to make sure I’m still following their sound instruction. This review not only refreshes my knowledge of the craft, it also renews my enthusiasm for the writing experience.