Although Prior Philip's values are somewhat similar to both the author's own life and those he's encountered, Ken Follett assures Oprah that he never writes characters based on specific people. Instead, he allows the plot to play a role in character development and uses historical authenticity to give the storyline its context, as he demonstrated in The Pillars of the Earth. As Ken begins his next literary undertaking, a trilogy, he continues to hold literacy and reading of the utmost importance by active involvement in Reading is Fundamental and other charitable organizations. Gain more insight into the life of this best-selling author through Part 3 of Oprah's After the Show interview with Ken Follett.
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