Meet Kent Hinckley
Kent loves fiction and non-fiction usually focusing on history and is captivated by a good story usually thrillers, mysteries, and especially when the subject deals with espionage. Some of his writings are based on experiences in the Army Military Intelligence in Vietnam and living in Taipei and Tokyo working for Bank of America in international finance.
He has written short stories, travel pieces, and a play entitled “The Interrogators.” He currently works in the real estate industry.
Born and raised in Palo Alto, California, Kent received a degree in Political Science from Stanford. He currently resides with his wife, Sharon, in San Diego. Their two German shepherds make sure he exercises daily.
He has written two novels and one play which have three primary themes:
- First, the hero is an ordinary person who gets thrust into perilous situations
- Second, the hero speaks at least two languages
- Third, enemies work together
The stories show how an everyday person — not a superagent or trained assassin — can rise to the challenge no matter how daunting. He enjoys history and likes to include it in his stories.
Writers are readers, and Kent continues to read at least one book per week, usually 1.5 books.
“Reading helps my writing as I enjoy each author’s style, word choices, and plots.”
His favorite authors are: David McCullough, David Baldacci, Steven Berry, Nelson DeMille, Margaret MacMillan, Winston Churchill and he says, “I am just getting acquainted with mystery writer, Josephine Tey.”