Keely Keith is here today to talk about her new book and her writing. Enjoy!
About the Book
In November 1860, Jonah Ashton boarded the Providence with a plan to escort his family to their new settlement in South America and then return to medical school in Pennsylvania before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. What he didn’t count on was getting lost at sea… and Marian Foster. When they finally reach land, Jonah makes a startling discovery that changes everything, but will it change his heart?
Watch the book trailer here.
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About the Author
Keely Brooke Keith is the author of the Uncharted series (Edenbrooke Press) and Aboard Providence (CrossRiver Media). Her novels are known for blending genres in unconventional ways. Keely also writes resources for writers, including The Writer’s Book Launch Guide and The Writer’s Purpose Journal.
When she isn’t writing, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely resides with her husband and their daughter on a hilltop south of Nashville where she dreams up stories, hoping to encourage, comfort, and inspire readers. She is a member of ACFW.
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Hello and welcome to the Bookish Orchestrations blog! I’m excited to have you here and hope you have some fun with these questions. Since this blog is about and for writers, most of the questions will be about writing with a few optional, fun questions at the end.
Thanks for having me!
1. What is your writing process? Do you outline before you start?
I’m a plotter-pantster blend. I do write the concepts for major plot points and any scene ideas before the first draft. But when I start writing, the story takes on a life of its own. It rarely looks anything like I first imagined.
That sounds a lot like me!
2. How do you develop your characters? Do you use images found online, a Pinterest board, character sketches, or develop them as you write?
I use notebooks and a list of questions I’ve developed over the past 8 novels and flesh out my characters that way before I begin. I also take a personality test as the main characters to discover their personality types. That helps know who to pit them against for greater tension.
3. What is your best advice for getting rid of writer’s block?
I get “blocks” in everything I do--days when I don’t feel like working or my mind is tired or I’m fearful. Proper rest, exercise, socializing, and eating healthy go a long way in helping a person feel energized no matter their profession. I don’t like to call it writer’s block because it’s often the same feeling everyone experiences when they don’t want to work. Doctors can’t say they have “doctor’s block” and walk out of the operating room. If the block isn’t fear or laziness or exhaustion, it is usually boredom. We get bored with our own thoughts and ideas after a while. That’s when we need to observe and absorb. There is a big, crazy, wonderful, terrifying world waiting for writers to look away from their laptops.
4. If you could share one piece of advice that you wish someone else had told you to an aspiring writer, what would it be?
See the above paragraph about “writer’s block”. J
5. What is your favorite genre?
I like a little bit of everything.
Fun (optional) questions:
Pizza or Pasta? pizza
Favorite movie? Authors Anonymous
Favorite Bible verse? “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17
Coffee, tea, or water? coffee
Favorite movie adaptation? A Good Woman adapted from Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde