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 Ken's sixth novel, Swamped!, a fast-paced young-adult survival story set in Louisiana's Great Atchafalaya Swamp, from Virginia-based Koehler Books. Ken has taken on a writing partner, his bright, talented and telegenic niece, Hillary Wells, to help with the dialogue and other writing chores. Click here for a summary of the novel and watch this space for updates. Ken Wells website. . .



About Swamped!

Read the first chapter

See Hilllary's reading of the first chapter...

See a video trailer for the plot...

Hear Ken on the Talk Louisiana radio with Jim Engster...

Hear us on The Reading Life with Susan Larson...

Hear Ken's interview on the Price of Business with Kevin Price...

 See our HTV interview with Martin Folse on BayouTime...

See our MUST READ 5-Star review on Reedsy...

The musings of a novelist...


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Ken Wells receives James J Buquet Jr.  Award of Distinction by Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence



More praise for Swamped!


“No surprise for a Wells novel, Swamped! is propelled by crisp, evocative writing, a delicious sense of place, and a tale that will keep you reading and break your hearts, in a good way. Read it now.” —Bryan Gruley, award-winning author of the Starvation Lake Trilogy


“An immersive, atmospheric ballad of the Great Atchafalaya, Swamped! is a mesmerizing tale of love and survival set in the most hazardous of stews—a story that deftly whispers the mysterious beauty in which nature gives and takes away. I happily drowned in this novel.”—J. C. Sasser, author of Gradle Bird


"A great and hugely entertaining novel about relentless challenges facing a couple of very different teenagers thrown together in one of the most dangerous and isolated areas of North America...A good tale told by really good storytellers."--Gary Lavergne , author of A Sniper in the Tower



Praise for Ken Wells' previous literary efforts...


"Wells is the Cajun Carl Hiaasen"--Tom Wolfe


"No writer brings Louisiana's wondrous bayou country to life more vividly, or with more affection, than Ken Wells..." --Carl Hiaasen


"One of the most compelling voices in fiction of the last decade..."--The Los Angeles Times


"An adventure storyteller "of the first order..."--The Atlanta Constituion


"In the tradition of Tom Wolfe, Wells writes energetic satire....” —William J. Cobb

 The Dallas Morning News




Journalist/novelist, photographer, musician, song writer, gumbo chef; proud native of the Louisiana bayous and citizen of the world; fisherman, adventurer and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize...

New! Now available nationwide...

"A mesmerizing tale of love and survival..."

--J.C. Sasser


"Ken Wells and his niece Hillary Wells have created a vivid world of love and danger in SWAMPED! His Meely LaBauve trilogy confirms Mr. Wells to be a master of page-turning excitement, but what sets this book apart is Ken and Hillary's extensive knowledge and obvious love of the unique bayou setting. Every scene makes you feel the heat from all directions. Swamped! is a true original!"

--Terrell Tannen, screen writer and author of "When Blood Is Gone: A Memoir of Time, Place and Family."


New! Hear Ken's interview with Tim Link on Pet Life Radio...a podcast listened to by millions!

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New from Crawdiddy!

Chanky-Chank Music!

The new groundbreaking album from Ken and his talented musical brother, Pershing Wells, and featuring two of Cajun music's greatest fiddlers, Michael Doucet & Waylon Thibodeaux recording together for the first time ever!

Available for streaming and downloading at Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and other digital-music sites.

      Sing along: lyrics here!




Available on Amazon...Ken's dad's memoir...with a forward by Ken

Rex Wells

The Right Place at the Right Time

A Memoir of Childhood, Family and War

written by a member of the "Greatest Generation"

Click here!




Contacts and miscellaneous...

The rap on Wells...Hear "Mama's Cookin' Gumbo," the song Ken wrote about his momma's famous gumbo...Produced  and recorded by Pershing Wells at Digital Sac-a-Lait Studios, Houma, La.


Glossary--'envie', a craving

loup garou--the Cajun werewolf.






In memory of my fallen friend and colleague

Danny Pearl




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