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Kevin Ansbro

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I was born of Irish parents, and have lived in Malaysia and Germany:
My formal education was at Hamond’s Grammar School in Swaffham, and at the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology (Stephen Fry being a much more famous former student).
I write in the magical realism genre, meshing otherworldliness into the harshness of our real world. I also like to handcuff humour and tragedy to the same radiator.
Perhaps incongruously for an author, I have a background in karate and kickboxing and also travel extensively – particularly in the Far East.
I'm married (to Julie), and currently live in Norwich, England.
Stuff about me: I'm a foodie; I value good manners, love and friendship above all else; I am constantly putting my foot in it, am reputed to hav
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"That was far easier than I thought it would be," chirped Millie Brady on the morning of her tenth birthday as she held her step-father's hand and…more
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"That was far easier than I thought it would be," chirped Millie Brady on the morning of her tenth birthday as she held her step-father's hand and waited for Mother to return home from the supermarket.
The scream that escaped Agnes Brady's throat didn't come immediately: the first thing she noticed was the rare smile on her daughter's face; then she saw the axe, a bloodied party dress and, lastly, the wedding ring on her husband's severed hand.

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Kevin Ansbro I'm a frequent visitor to Thailand. I adore the country, and I love its wonderful people.
Whenever I'm ferried into Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport in a…more
I'm a frequent visitor to Thailand. I adore the country, and I love its wonderful people.
Whenever I'm ferried into Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport in a taxi, I always marvel at the bronze statues of mythical creatures that line the route into the terminal. These statues depict the half-bird, half-human Kinnaree, much-loved in Thai folklore.
And it was there that the nucleus of an idea began. By the time I'd paid the cab fare I was already planning a storyline that could involve these celestial beings.
The male of the Kinnaree are known as the Kinnara, hence the title of my groovy novel, which is essentially a teeth-rattling thriller wrapped in a burrito of magical realism.(less)
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In 2015, I was interviewed by English author Annelisa Christensen.

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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) I don't mind at all, Sarah, watch me all you want, but don't expect me to share my plankton - I'm a shellfish bastard! ; )

p.s. I've been reading your 'stuff' and your zero-tolerance style is right up my street!


Oh no, you don't! Get your filthy hands off my dinoflagellates this minute, young man! If you don't want to see what my zero-tolerance style looks like up close, that is.


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Kevin Ansbro ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) wrote: "The crustaceans are watching you."

I don't mind at all, Sarah, watch me all you want, but don't expect me to share my plankton - I'm a shellfish bastard! ; )

p.s. I've been reading your 'stuff' and your zero-tolerance style is right up my street!


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Kimber Silver Kevin wrote: "Kimber wrote: "Thank you for adding me as a friend, Kevin!"

You are most welcome, Kimber. Thank you for reading Kinnara!"


You are welcome, Kevin. It was a pleasure! :)


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Kevin Ansbro Leila wrote: "Thank you for reading my review of 'Paw Tracks at Owl Cottage Kevin. Much appreciated."

Gosh, it's the very least I could do, Leila, after your kind review of Kinnara!


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Leila Thank you for reading my review of 'Paw Tracks at Owl Cottage Kevin. Much appreciated.


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Kevin Ansbro Kimber wrote: "Thank you for adding me as a friend, Kevin!"

You are most welcome, Kimber. Thank you for reading Kinnara!


Kimber Silver Thank you for adding me as a friend, Kevin!


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Kevin Ansbro Larry wrote: "Thanks for adding me as a friend, Kevin! I had wanted to add you but since it didn't appear I could, I settled for "following." I feel so much better now! :)"

Yes, this is something that I never previously realised.
I just assumed that people who followed me, but didn't friend me, didn't want to friend me!
I now feel terribly guilty that they might think me stuck-up!
Thank you, Larry. I feel so much better now too! : )


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Larry H Thanks for adding me as a friend, Kevin! I had wanted to add you but since it didn't appear I could, I settled for "following." I feel so much better now! :)


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Kevin Ansbro Nancy wrote: "Hi Kevin, thanks for the friendship and for your very thoughtful answer to my question. My Family and Other Animals sounds simply delightful and I'm now eager to find a copy. When I ..."

That's great, Nancy!
It really is a delightful book, and I was surprised to discover that it didn't seem at all 'dated.' In fact, I enjoyed reading it more as an adult, than I did as a child. Would love to know your thoughts...
Pleasure to 'meet' you also.


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Kevin Ansbro Stephanie wrote: "Thanks for the book recommendation! I think my daughter will like it. :)"

Good to hear Steph.
For some reason I don't always receive notifications when people message me! : ((


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Nancy Hi Kevin, thanks for the friendship and for your very thoughtful answer to my question. My Family and Other Animals sounds simply delightful and I'm now eager to find a copy. When I was a child, I always enjoyed reading about wild animals and foreign countries.


Stephanie Thanks for the book recommendation! I think my daughter will like it. :)


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