By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
Like Lucy and Ethel, Crosby and Hope or Rocky and Bullwinkle, the chemistry between actor, author and director Ken Farmer and writer, producer actor Buck Steinke is undeniable as they have once again teamed up to release their newest book “Haunted Falls.” The novel is the second in a series first introduced to readers in “The Nations” as it continues the legend of U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves who is in steady pursuit of the Dalton gang.
Farmer, a graduate of Gainesville High School class of 1959 found fame in Hollywood for 40 years known for memorable roles in “Silverado,”“Friday Night Lights,”“Uncommon Valor” and as the spokesman for Wolf Brand Chili for several years. He moved back to Gainesville in 1990.
Steinke graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and eventually retired as a captain and fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He has an extensive background in military aviation and weaponry.
Steinke also did a tour of duty as a pilot for Delta Airlines for over 25 years. Now living in Gainesville, he is the owner of Lone Star Shooting Supply in between stints as an actor and author.
Farmer and Steinke got into writing indirectly through acting classes Farmer coached a few years back. In one of their workshops, a student asked why he didn’t write a book on the style of acting he was teaching because it was so logical and easy to understand.
Farmer said, “I put it all together and titled it ‘Acting is Story Telling’ and it is now used in writing workshops around the nation.”
Two years ago, Farmer was asked by actor and friend Ernest Borgnine to write a screen play for John Eastman’s 350,000 word novel entitled ‘Verdict! In Search of a Crime.’
“Borgnine loved the book and said it needed to be a screenplay so Buck and I went at it for about six weeks,” Farmer continued. “When it was finished we received positive feedback from a Disney script analyst with 30 years experience in the business. Buck and I just looked at each other and said if we can write this screen play, we can write a novel so we did.”
To date Steinke and Farmer are planning to release novel number seven, “Blood Brothers” next month and in this star fighter series, they rely heavily on their military experience.
Farmer said, “We both input the story line in our books, but Buck’s experience in military and commercial jets and mine with army choppers dictates which one of us handles the specific details. Buck also has lots of knowledge about weapons and ballistics . I do a lot of the drama and dialogue but nothing is exclusive. We cross lines all the time.”
“One of the nicest complements we get from our readers is that they feel that they identify with our characters,” he continued. “Buck and I work our dialogues out together and make sure that dialects and accents are indicative of the characters. Maybe it works because we have both been actors and know when it is not working.”
The pair do not use outlines when writing their books, sometimes surprising even themselves with the plot twists and turns. Many times they write out of sequence describing an event that may wind up in chapter two or seven depending on how the plot progresses.
Farmer said, “We believe in striking while the iron is hot and never negate the muse. If we have a starting point we just take off and research and we build the characters as the story develops. It is the characters that really tell the story not us.”
Book signings, benefits and western festivals loom in the near future for the literary partners as well as teaching a writing workshop in the fall.
Farmer said, “We didn’t know that we didn’t know how to write a novel so we just did it. I guess that goes for anything you think you don’t know how to do. Just try it and you might be surprised.”
Just like their novels, their lives truly are character driven.
By CATHY MOUNCE
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