Let me start with asking you to tell us a little about yourself. Also, enlighten the readers on a few things you enjoy when you're not writing.
My day job is in music--I’m a bass guitarist. I’ve been very blessed to get to live out both of my passions: music and writing. I ride the line between introvert and extrovert, so I love being alone and writing, but as soon as I’m done I want to interact with people. I enjoy game nights, antiquing, and just hanging out with friends.
Tell the readers about The Land Uncharted.
The story is about Lydia Colburn, a young physician who is dedicated to serving her village in the Land. Day and night, she rushes by horseback to treat the ill and injured, establishing a heroic reputation as the village’s new doctor. Naval Aviator Connor Bradshaw is flying over the South Atlantic Ocean on a mission to secure any remaining sources of fresh water in a 2025 world torn apart by war. A malfunction activates his aircraft’s ejection system, parachuting his unconscious body to the shore of a hidden land. Lydia risks her safety to help the injured outsider despite the shock of his mysterious arrival and the disastrous implications his presence could have for her peaceful society, which has gone undetected for seven generations. Connor searches for a way to return to his squadron, but his fascination with life in the Land makes him protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland. And while Lydia’s attraction to Connor stirs desires she never anticipated, it also pushes an unwanted admirer to stage a dangerous attempt to win her affection. As Connor tries to keep the Land off the radar, he learns the biggest threat to Lydia lurks in her village. But when Lydia’s greatest passion and darkest fear collide, will she look to the past or the future to find the strength to survive?
I wondered what if an uncharted land existed but it was undetectable to modern technology? I was inspired by my family history research. I have deep American roots and my ancestors moved west during the mid-1800's. I thought: what if during that era a few families wanted to settle a whole new land instead if going west? What if they packed a ship, ran aground on some uncharted land, and founded a new society there? Instead of writing the story of the settling of that land (which I may do some day) I decided to start the story in our era. The Land Uncharted begins seven generations after the settlement of the Land. Also, I believe romance is truly one of the most magnificent parts of life. One of. I also like to give these women cool jobs and big adventures, and some character development so they are ready to love when the time comes.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in this book?
No. It’s been through so many revisions and edits, I can honestly say, I’m content with the story.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Hurting characters. But I had to get over that. Not that I now enjoy it--just that I saw how it changes them and that is the goal.
Do you have a blog?
Yes. It’s the front page of my website. I sometimes write about my writing journey, but I mostly feature other authors and their books. If there is one thing I love about writing, it’s the writing community. This is never about just me and my books.
Where can readers find you and your novels?
Website: Keely Brooke Keith