Keith Luethke resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with his beloved wife and eight children. He is the author of over seventy novellas and enjoys speaking with fans on his Facebook page. His landmark novella, A Zombie Apocalypse, has reached the top Kindle 100 in 2012.
We had the good fortune to be able to speak with Keith and find out a little more about him and his writing.
TDBW: When did you start writing?
I started writing at a young age. Somewhere around ten or twelve I remember writing a short story about a group of kids that hunted down monsters to slay them for fun. I was heavily influenced by the movie “Monster Squad” at the time and my parents told me never to write anything like that again.
I didn’t really start understanding writing until my senior year in high school and even then all I wrote were dark poems. Gradually I made my way into short stories, and novels.
TDBW: What was the first story you remember writing?
The first story I ever wrote didn’t have a title and was about an alien trying to find his mother after his spaceship crashed to Earth. It was bad, real bad, and had pictures, terrible pictures. I still have it somewhere. I think I was five or six.
TDBW: What genre is your most preferred?
The genre I prefer the most to write and read is horror. I feel like the horror genre can really get under a reader’s skin more than any other because at its center is reality, a false reality, but one that can be believable and elicit a sense of dread. I do enjoy reading fantasy and science fiction, but haven’t written any.
TDBW: What challenges you the most in your writing?
The biggest challenge that I face is time. Time is my enemy. I don’t have enough of it to write all the books I want and everyday I can almost hear the clock ticking away. I have a list of novellas, novels projects, and short stories I plan to write every year and I never finish my list. I only add more to it. Some ideas are stored away in a big cardboard box for the future and others are tacked to the wall. Despite releasing two novellas a month I can never seem to finish all my projects. I guess you could say that I’m plagued and cursed by too many story ideas.
TDBW: What is your favorite thing about being an author?
My favorite thing about being an author is writing and creating. I enjoy writing more than being an author. It’s also nice when fans email me and tell me how much they like my work. That’s always cool.
TDBW: What do you like least about being an author?
I don’t think that being an author can have any negative side effects if it’s something that you truly love to do. I’m sure that painters, dancers, musicians, and all the other artists have a driving passion for their craft and find nothing but pleasure in it. And if they don’t, well, I guess they should fall in love with something else or realize that they were never doing it for the right reasons after all.
TDBW: How many books do you currently have available?
I have somewhere around seventy novellas and a few novels currently available right now. I release nearly all of my own work as an independent writer, but have worked with publishers in the past like Library of Living Dead Press.
TDBW: What projects are you currently working on?
Currently I’m working on a Bigfoot novel which will be out at the end of this month.
TDBW: Do you have any books coming out soon?
Bigfoot Island will be released sometime at the end of September. The novella centers around a fisherman who gets lost in the fog and stumbles on an island where Bigfoot is hunted for sport. It’ll be .99c on Amazon Kindle.
TDBW: Which book, or series, is your favorite?
The Shannara series by Terry Brooks is fantastic. His mythos just keeps growing with age. I also enjoy reading The Walking Dead comic books series, Attack on Titian magna, and Vampire Hunter D. I don’t really have a favorite series, but those are some of the best.
TDBW: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Brian Keene, Whitley Strieber, Clive Baker, Ray Garton, Terry Brooks, C.S Lewis, Jack Ketchum, Jack Finny, Simon Clark, H.P. Lovecraft, and Lyle Blackburn to name a few.
TDBW: Which book(s) inspire you the most?
Whitley Strieber’s COMMUNION was truly terrifying as a child and an adult to read; it set the stage for what a fear of the unknown is all about. Also, Jack Ketchum’s OFF SEASON was a very powerful influence when I first started writing. Ketchum can get your heart pumping and then just rip it out of your chest. Both of them are brilliant writers.
TDBW: Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what band(s) do you play?
I don’t listen to anything when I write and prefer it completely quiet, which is unfortunate because I have eight children. I do all of my writing at night. Currently, it is three in the morning.
TDBW: Any hobbies?
I hunt in the fall, garden in the spring, and build and test R.O.V robots in the summer but writing is my primary hobby.
TDBW: Tell us some more about yourself including your website and where we can find you on social media sites:
I tend to shy away from media websites but I do have a Facebook page where I converse with fans. Feel free to friend me or send me a message.
TDBW: Care to share a bit of one of your books with us?
The Beast of Bone Mountain is a novella about revenge. Russo struggles to deal with the fact that his wife and son were killed by a Bigfoot and vows to avenge them, no matter what the cost. I enjoyed writing it immensely and hope that you enjoy reading it if you get the chance.