This month’s A Leaf From My Book is from prolific author, Keith Dissinger and his series, The Seven Seas. His first book, The Pact, was published in 2017 and tells the story of three friends, a centuries old treasure map and a sinister dark sailing vessel.
Your writing journey
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 57 years old. My wife and I have four grown children and seven grandchildren. I’ve worked in various fields including carpentry, coal mining, and the oil industry. My father taught me how to work hard and get things done. My mother passed on her love of reading. I spend my free time in the outdoors and especially love the ocean.
What made you start writing?
I started reading at an early age. Treasure Island was one of my favourite books as a young boy. One day I finished reading an adventure novel and I thought it was good, but I could have told a better story. Over the next few weeks, the story of The Pact began to form in my mind. I guess I just started writing stories I’d like to read.
Out of all of the books you read in 2017, which would you recommend?
Although it’s an older book, I finally read To Have and Have Not, by Ernest Hemmingway. The book instantly became one of my all-time favourites. I’ve never read a Hemmingway book I didn’t like.
About The Pact
What inspired you to write The Pact?
I had followed Mel Fisher’s quest for a sunken Spanish Galleon for years. Fisher spent years and millions of dollars to find the treasure. When the story started forming in my mind, I thought, what if regular, everyday men and women found a lost treasure?
What is your favourite character and why?
Without a doubt, my favourite character is the hero, Art Kendall. He’s a larger than life character and a no-nonsense, straight forward man. He’s based loosely on my Grandfather who was the same type of man.
Did your characters give you any surprises as you were writing them?
Yes a few, and not only the main characters. Several of the villains surprised me also.
Each book in the series seems to have something that harks back to the Golden Age of pirates. Is this a time period that interests you, and if so, what do you particularly like about it?
I love that time period and have to admire the men and women of the time who set out and sailed the seas. The age of the pirates was an era of true adventure and exploration.
Your publishing journey
What made you decide to self-publish?
I love having control over all the major publishing decisions. I’m not great at the marketing aspect of self-publishing yet, but I believe it’s a skill that can be learned. For now, I’m concentrating more on writing than publishing and marketing.
You published the first four books in the series in 2017. That’s a big accomplishment, well done! What are your main tips for publishing so often?
The ideas for stories just keep coming and I think the series could go on for a long while (as long as readers keep asking for them). When I write, my mind is so involved in the story, I don’t have time to worry about any of the other petty problems life throws at me.
I like the characters in my books, and writing the stories is fun. My main tips would be discipline and writing stories you enjoy.
Do you have any other books planned?
Yes, I have a contemporary fiction novel coming out in June called Homecoming. The fifth book in the Seven Seas Series should be out in the fall of 2018 and at least the first two books of a new trilogy called The Unholy will come out in early winter. The trilogy focuses on a group of mountaineers and an ancient meteorite resting on a remote mountain summit.
Big thanks to Keith for this interview. What a massive inspiration for writing good and fast, and some great tips. I’m in complete awe!
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