"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
—Muriel Rukeyser

My Obit: Daddy Holding Me by Kenneth Atchity


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My Obit: Daddy Holding Me a page-turner filled with poignant family experiences, explosive sibling rivalry, literary adventures, ethnic cooking, wide-ranging storytelling, the workings of the brain itself--and what can be learned about life from playing tennis for decades. 

"I’ve lived a lifetime of literary adventures by refusing to be relegated to a niche. In My Obit: Daddy Holding Me, my storytelling passion and family and professional anecdotes provide humor and insight into my hugely self-determined life."

~ Ken Atchity

Advanced Praise for My Obit: Daddy Holding Me:

“Powerful. Honest. Heartwarming. A courageous examination of the secret nooks in the soul that expose to the self who we truly are… and why. Atchity’s memoir is riveting, reflective, and revealing. A MUST read!” – Tracy Price-Thompson, bestselling novelist

 “My Obit: Daddy Holding Me by Kenneth Atchity is a compelling autobiography worthy of the analogy of Sisyphus discovering the burdens and pleasures of each push of the rock up the hill of his extraordinary life.” – Norman Stephens, producer, former head of Warner Brothers television.

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"Has more twists and turns than a mountain stream."

"This powerful story is artfully crafted and beautifully written."

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Read all about Born to Talk Radio Show's with Marsha Wietecha's interview with Story Merchant Ken Atchity


Ken Atchity

My guest on the Born To Talk Radio Show Podcast, is Ken Atchity.


Ken is the CEO of Story Merchant.   He is the author of over 20 books.   His latest is My Obit: Daddy Holding Me. It was named the Hollywood Book Festival Award Winner for 2021.

Let’s Meet Ken.

To start with, Ken spent his first career as a professor focusing his efforts on understanding stories and helping writers get their stories told. “I believe we can change the world through stories. I believe in making a difference in the lives of others through the power of storytelling.” Ken has served storytellers since 1996 as a literary manager and producer, developing and selling hundreds of stories for film and television.  Ken is a self-defined “Story Merchant.” Not only is he an author, but he has also been a professor, producer, career coach, teacher, and literary manager. Ken is responsible for launching dozens of books, films, and brands.

Over his career, Ken has produced over 30 films.  Now Ken’s Story Merchant companies provide full-service development, management, production, and brand launch for commercial and literary writers. Atchity Productions brings stories of all kinds to the big and little screens, developing film and tv productions.

Story Merchant.

The Story Merchant Companies were formed to serve the needs of storytellers, publishers, and production companies. Each company provides a different service that is supported and supports the other three. If they believe your story has commercial potential but needs work they can use their coaching or editing services.  Through The Writers Lifeline or Story Merchant, they can bring it to market standard before pitching to publishers or film companies.


My Obit:  Daddy Holding Me.


When asked why he wrote his book, his answer was crystal clear, “Because I didn’t want anyone else to write my obit.”  Filled with humorous anecdotes, pictures, and a unique perspective from an immigrant’s child growing up in the south.  This memoir offers the reader a dive into childhood trauma and learning to rethink those experiences.

I love his explanation of patience.  “I learned that patience is the root of accomplishment. It can be a bitter root unless you turn it sweet. What turns patience sweet is finding something else to do while you’re waiting.”





In Closing.

Accordingly, Ken’s life passion has been finding great storytellers and turning them into bestselling authors and screenwriters. You might find inspiration in writing your own story, we all have them. Some are the same and some are entirely different, but that’s what makes life interesting.

Trust me when I say this, Ken is a very interesting man with a great story!



The Book Commentary Five Star Review of Ian Bull's The Danger Game

Ian Bull’s Third Installment in the Quintana Adventure Series, The Danger Game, Receives 5 Stars from The Book Commentary.

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The Danger Game Out Now on Amazon.

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Being Bazan Spotlight Series: 'The Ally'

Dr. Nicolas Bazan during the planning of the film "Of Mind and Music" with Dr. Ken Atchity who guided the publication of Dr. Bazan's first two novels.


From Being Bazan Spotlight Series: 'The Ally'

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Spotlight featuring "Women on Excellence in Science" a group of selected woman scientists  trained by Dr. Bazan.

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“How lovely is the strain

Of mingled joy and pain;

It cuts deep in the breast

And cleaves the heart in twain.”

— Lesia Ukrainka (1871-1913), Forest Song

Story Merchant Books is proud to announce the third installment in the acclaimed Elle Anderson Series, Shadow War, written by distinguished author A.M. Adair



2The highly anticipated and gripping follow-up to The Deeper Shadow reunites readers with CIA Operative Elle Anderson on the run after being set up by her former handler turned criminal mastermind. Elle must be smarter, faster, and more lethal to stay alive long enough to turn the tables on her enemy, all the while evading teams on both sides of the law. This means using any means necessary to destroy the man pulling the strings. There are no rules in the shadows. This game is driven by will. Nothing is going to stop Elle from finishing her war. The end justifies the means… and the end is here.

 Author A. M. Adair is an active-duty Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Navy with over 20 years in the Intelligence Community. Her experiences have been unique and provided her imagination with a wealth of material to draw from to give her stories life. A lifelong fan of the genre, her debut novel, Shadow Game, is the first book in The Elle Anderson Series, and was turned into a graphic novel in January 2022. Book two, The Deeper Shadow, was released in November 2020, and the explosive third installment, Shadow War, is coming March 2022. Autographed copies of her books, and news available on amadair.com.

“Adair keeps you breathless in anticipation in this exciting thrill ride, with new surprises galore. Action, drama, and political intrigue that can only be written by someone who has been there, done that.”


— Andrews and Wilson, international bestselling authors of the Tier One, Sons of Valor, and The Shepherds thriller series, as well as, Rogue Asset, their first installment in the WEB Griffin Presidential Agent Series.



Shadow War by A.M. Adair is available on Amazon



Story Merchant Books: The Book Commentary Five Star Review of Ian Bull's The Danger Game

The Danger Game by Ian Bull is the third and final entry in the Quintana Adventures, a thrilling tale that functions well as a standalone novel as it does as an explosive conclusion to an engaging series. The Danger Game has become one of the most popular storytelling apps, adored and played by millions. The app features Julia Travers and her fiancé, Stephen Quintana, who play roles in a series on the app where their fictional selves are trapped in a dangerous situation. With over 100 million downloads, the app allows readers to submit entries with the hope that their ideas become part of the exciting “perform or die” series. Unbeknownst to many viewers, the couple has actually been kidnapped and the kidnappers have an insidious plan to kill them in the last episode and get away with a huge fortune. The only hope of saving Steven and Julia are two friends, Carl Webb and Trishelle Hobbes, but they have no clue where the couple is held captive. With the help of one of the best cyber operatives in the US, they create a plan to unravel the mystery surrounding the kidnapping. The stakes grow higher with every passing minute.

Fans of teeth-gnashing action will enjoy The Danger Game, a perfectly plotted and twisty tale that has strong and resonant themes and one that contemporary readers will adore. The intersection between the virtual world and reality is written with an unusual flourish. Ian Bull’s novel is imaginative and it brims with surprising twists, a real tour de force for readers who enjoy stories that depict the world they are in contact with. Each emotional burst, each nerve-jerking twist, and every action is delivered with breathtaking poignancy. This thrilling reality-meets-fantasy adventure moves briskly, with tense and evocative scenes. It is a nuanced tale with sophisticated characters and sub-worlds that are as fascinating and as real as the one that excites the imagination of readers. Throughout, Bull mesmerizes with his beautiful prose, keeping readers captivated by the vivid descriptions and the exciting dialogues, and creating characters that are lovable.