I wrote on and off for most of my life—starting books and never finishing them. I think that was mostly because I couldn’t connect with the characters. When I got the idea for The Star Child, I thought, hey, let’s make this story from a guy’s point of view. It took off. I wrote The Star Child in nine months, but it would be another four years to a publishing contract. That’s when Inkspell Publishing came and brought it to life. I’ve since published The Fallen Stars (2013), After Faerie (2013), The Star Catcher (2013), and I’ll be releasing a new novella The Last Protector on December 15th!
What do you love about being an author?
I love the sheer act of writing, of getting to create these worlds that no one knows about but me where I can just…disappear into them.
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
Hermione Granger and grilled chicken. I don’t know, she seems like a grilled chicken kind of girl.
If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?
I don’t know…probably Logan Lerman as Kellen and Hunter Parrish as Gabe. I’ve still never really found the right Calienta.
Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters? Sexy leads.
If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why? The eighties—because that era really knew how to apply fluorescent colors to everything. It’s a lesson we can all stand to be reminded occasionally. Ha! No, if I could go anywhere, I’d be interested to see the future more so than the past.
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
People’s reactions and responses have nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.
If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?
A shape shifter. It would be so cool to just take on another form. Especially if you were avoiding, say, door-to-door salespeople.
Where do you write best?
In my basement office at the crack of dawn each day. Sounds depressing, but it’s really a nice sunny yellow. I pretend I’m in a London flat.
What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I don’t have a ton of time to read, so when I do, I prefer to read in my genre. The blurb for Anna just reeled me in, though. I loved it from start to finish.
If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?
I’m writing outside of my genre now. I have one Middle Grade Sci-Fi project and then a NA Romance going on. I think I’ll be wherever the story takes me. Whether that is in the paranormal genre or not depends on the characters.
Where can fans find you online?
Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/keyesbn
All Romance Books http://bit.ly/keyesallrom
Indie Bound http://bit.ly/keyesib