Today I’d like to introduce Keith Guernsey, my fellow CIR author.
Keith 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”).
Wow, Keith, how wonderful is it that you’ve been able to reinvent yourself! So, before you tell us about your books, I’ve got three quick questions for you. What inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?
My late father was the inspiration … I was 44 at the time.
Parents are often our inspiration, aren’t they? Next question, what three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they being their writing journey?
Be persistent, consistent and don’t get discouraged!
Do you read the reviews that others leave for your books?
Yes but just the good ones! Just kidding –I feel very fortunate that both my books have all 4’s and 5’s!
That’s a bonus! Four and five star reviews are worth their weight in … well, stars I suppose! Now, how about we learn a bit about your books.
“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.”
And where can we find your books, Keith?
Both of my books are available as eBooks or in paperback format, and can be found on Amazon.