About Kent

Kent Sorensen had no choice in the fact that his ancestry dates back to the days of the Vikings and Celtics, but he takes full advantage of his wanderlust for world travel and eagerness to meet people with cultures different from his own. Born in San Francisco from a Danish father and Irish mother, he was predestined to become a modern-day explorer who would seek out the never ending answer to, “Okay, what’s next?”

Sorensen was raised in the sleepy island of Alameda on the east side of the San Francisco Bay. From Kindergarten through high school, he attended only two schools. Many of his teenage classmates who graduated with him from Encinal High School were the same little kids who walked into the Kindergarten classroom for the first time thirteen years before. From them, he learned the importance of loyal friendship over time. Home of the Alameda Naval Air Station, the community was made up of Navy families who had traveled around the world with different ethnicities, including African-American, Asian, and Hispanic. As such, the students in town were racially mixed and regarded by Kent as the norm. During his growing up years, he wasn’t exposed to the idea of bigotry or racial hatred, a foundation that has served him well throughout his global travels.

But hidden from others, all was not well. Long before anyone heard the word, “dyslexia,” Kent suffered from its humiliating affect. While in grammar school, he dreaded when it was his turn to read out of a book in class because he couldn’t figure out what many words were or how to even pronounce them. With words caught in his throat and tears in his eyes, he was devastated every time his classmates would break up in laughter as he attempted to get it right. Regardless of his struggles in school, his mother would try to make up for it with abounding love when he’d get home. But even that lifeline was cut short when she died of cancer when he was only ten.

Kent’s nightmare with comprehending English and feeling stupid mysteriously went away after he graduated from high school. He enlisted into the U.S. Air Force and qualified for their medical training program. To his utter amazement, he graduated top in his class and was offered advanced training as a surgical technician in the Air Force’s first surgical training school. He aced that class also and spent the next three and a half years in operating rooms, experiencing the jubilation of birth and the grief of death while appreciating the skillful artistry of the surgeons he assisted.

Armed with the assumption that he could now do anything, he started his first company by the time he was thirty. With a handful of investors, he founded a cancer screening laboratory in San Jose and grew it to become the largest cytology lab in northern California within three years from start-up. Comprised with a group of brilliant pathologists, cytologists, microbiologists and a fiercely dedicated staff, Micronetic Laboratories provided cutting edge laboratory procedures to the medical community. In addition to serving physicians and hospitals, the company was awarded a contract to provide microbiologic testing for the NASA Ames Space Program. Once the serious work of the day was completed, the staff also knew how to play. Their occasional parties with invited guests and physicians became legendary for the times.

His next venture was funded by venture capitalists in Silicon Valley to develop an advanced method to screen high-risk people for early detection of lung cancer. The outcome of their work exceeded all expectations and was published in major medical journals. Sorensen accepted invitations to speak at medical meetings on pulmonary cytology in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

Eager to move on to new vistas, he started an international housing company in 1990 and grew it to become the largest exporter of American-style homes in the United States. From then until 2006, he spent most of his time traveling through Japan, Korea, China and Russia and learning the remarkably different cultures within each of those countries.


His journal entries from those experiences have become an invaluable source of plot ideas since he decided to write novels. His first novel, The Dark Horse of Shanghai, is set in modern China. It launches a series of novels that chronicles the life of the protagonist, Kip Duchene, and his harrowing experiences in stepping through the minefield of an American surviving in China.

As Sorensen sits in front of his computer and is swept up in the exciting world of a writer, he occasionally takes a private moment to remember hearing his third-grade teacher calling out, “Kent, it’s your turn to read.” Times have changed.

In his personal life, Sorensen has abundant gratitude for his family, friends and business colleagues who gave so much of themselves to help him evolve into a complete, joyful person.

The mentors who guided him along the way were Seymour M. Farber, M.D., Geno Saccomanno, M.D., F. Thomas Little, Shiro Suzuki, and Bruce A. Shepard. His best friend, Sal Terrazas, provided Kent with a new meaning to loyalty, integrity, and compassion.

 

If you were to ask Kent what his greatest accomplishment in life has been, he’d smile and quickly name his three children, Christopher, Sabrina, and Shon. He resides in Sonoma, California and is surrounded by some of the most picturesque vineyards in the country.