ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Keith Thomas Walker is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. He enjoys reading, poetry, and music of all genres. Keith currently works in administration at one of the city’s largest hospitals. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and two children.
The following is an interview with examiner.com
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Q: How did you get started writing?
I started writing short stories and poetry when I was young, around the fourth grade. I was never pushed to do so, I just enjoyed being creative. My fifth grade teacher was the first to notice and encourage my - well I don't want to say it was "talent," but she did. It was nice to have the recognition and attention for something positive.
Q: What/who influenced your writing?
I was influenced to write by some of the authors I was reading at the time. I really enjoyed Walter Dean Myers, and Shel Silverstein influenced my poetry. But the fiction writer I was in most awe of was Stephen King. I probably shouldn't have been reading his books before the age of 15, but I did, and he opened my eyes to the fine art of story-telling. Building suspense is the most important thing I learned from Stephen King.
Q: How many books have you written?
I have written fifteen books so far. The bulk of them have not been published yet, but I'm working on that. Most publishers don't believe an author should release more than two books a year.
Q: Which one of your works are you most proud of?
I think I'm most proud of a book called "Blood for Isaiah." It's a story about the aftermath of a ten year olds murder. I mostly write romance novels, but this is definitely not one of them. I can't divulge too much about the story, but I plan to publish it in 2013. Blood for Isaiah is my longest book. The problem will be getting it down to a marketable size without losing too much about the story.
Q: What advice would you give other authors/writers?
Be wary. Once you sign on the dotted line, most of your "intellectual property" doesn't belong to you anymore. Also do not self-publish your first book. Yes self-publishers get rich and famous all the time, but when you consider how many people self-publish every year, the odds of success are slim. The easiest way to get famous (but probably not rich) is to allow a reputable publisher to distribute your book across the nation, if not the world.
Q: What is your ultimate goal as a writer?
My first goal is to publish all of my books and make a living writing. I would like to quit my day job. That's my American dream. My ultimate goal is to get more people reading. Especially black men. Even if you can jump from one half of the basketball court to the other, education is the only guaranteed way to ensure you will live a better lifestyle than your parents - and hopefully your children will enjoy more prosperity than you, and so on.
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