Today nonfiction author Keith Guernsey discusses his books that delve into his personal struggles and subsequent triumphs with his health, the importance of family, and…sports!
Linda Covella: Welcome, Keith. I’m really happy to have you here today to share your stories.
When and why did you decide to become a writer?
Keith Guernsey: I never actually planned on being a writer. 25 years ago I just started jotting down memories of games (primarily football, hockey and baseball) played, coached and attended.
LC: What is your writing process: where do you write, how often do you write, are you a full-time or part-time writer, do you outline or do you plot as you go, etc.?
KG: I write early in the morning (around seven a.m. after my five o’clock workout). I try to be consistent and write a minimum of three sentences /day. I write non-fiction so I plot as I go.
LC: What made you decide to write nonfiction, and about your own experiences?
KG: To leave a legacy for my grandson so that he would know that you can overcome adversity.
LC: Please tell us a little about your published books.
KG: “Fathers & Sons…” is a story of an uncommon love and devotion between fathers and sons.
It is a story of my recovery from two rounds of life-threatening brain surgeries to play on three championship softball teams in two states.
It is also an ode to my late, great father Gordon who was always the best sports parent ever!
It includes a chapter on the most controversial sports topic of our time; Deflategate. “Fathers…” is also a sequel to “Confessions of a Beantown Sports Junkie.”
LC: You truly have overcome adversity. And it sounds like you had a wonderful relationship with your father. What did your son think of Fathers and Sons?
KG: He enjoyed it and is re-reading it as I write this!
LC: Did you read much as a child?
KG: No, just what was assigned in school!
LC: How important do you think reading is for writers?
KG: I now think it is very important. I read Patterson/Baldacci/Grisham and get a lot of good ideas from them.
LC: Anything new in the works?
KG: Yes, I’m writing my third book about my recovery from two rounds of life-threatening brain surgeries and my recent cancer diagnosis.
LC: You have amazing strength of character and perseverance; such an inspiration.
Do you have anything you’d like to add?
KG: I would just like to thank you for this wonderful opportunity!
LC: You’re very welcome, Keith. Thank you so much for joining us today. I wish you all the best for your health and your writing!
Readers, you can connect with Keith at the following:
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B00PR51Q7Y/
Mr. Keith D. Guernsey is retired after a forty year career in sales and sales management with several fortune 500 companies. He currently lives on Lake Lanier with his wife Susan and four-footed son Harley.
Mr. Guernsey spent a good portion of his youth playing sports, active in both football and hockey. In 1995 Keith was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor (called an Acoustic Neuroma) and he underwent a ten hour operation at the world-renowned Brigham and Women’s hospital where it was successfully removed. While recovering, he met and married Susan. Together they faced his next challenge. In 1997 his neuroma returned. He was to undergo yet another, more complex, operation which resulted in a complete cure; however side effects of this second more invasive procedure caused prolonged inactivity and led to severe weight gain of over 100 lbs. Today Mr. Guernsey is very proud of the fact that he has been able to overcome his physical challenges, losing over one hundred and thirty five pounds, and has found the time to write two successful books: Confessions of a Beantown Sports Junkie and Fathers and Sons-Sports and Life.”