Me: Did you always know that you would write a book someday?
Keith: Growing up I always wanted to write something, but didn’t know what. There were many genres, but I decided to be creative by making a multi-genre book. With fiction, poetry and thriller in it, I hope my work can influence other future writers to do the same.
Me: What inspired you to write this book?
Keith: Mainly hip-hop helped me find my roots in writing. I was inspired by Stan Lee growing up, but I gave that up in due time. However, after college, I was influenced by rapper Jay-Z and Drake to do something with writing. Because of them, I wrote something. I mean, it was Jay-Z who put out his first album at age 26, I said I’ll do the same at that age; along with Drake’s first album in 2010, so why not 2020? It’s not copying I’m an author and those are rappers, but, it’s just influenced to challenge yourself to do what most people you know won’t do.
Me: How did the cover of your book come to be? Is it exactly like you envisioned?
Keith: It’s not what I envisioned fully. I wanted the main character to show half his face invisible and the other half visible wearing a face masked to relate in today’s time with the pandemic, but this one will do since it can be an understanding from an influence of Trayvonn Martin and the rest of the African-American community. Sometimes the community can feel like a threat to society wearing a hoodie, but feel if their presence is invisible to other communities.
Me: Do you intend to keep writing?
Keith: I plan to publish at least a book a year this decade. We will see how I can hold on because I have a lot to write when it comes to life experience that turns into fiction novels. If I’m out of ideas then I’ll take a break. Only time will tell.
Me: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Keith: Still trying to figure that out.
Me: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite if more than one? If only 1 book then do you plan on writing more?
Keith: I’ve only written one book, but plan to write more.
Me: Was there any interesting tidbits you edited out of this book?”
Keith: Not really, no.
Keith J. Beasley is an Army Lieutenant for the Washington National Guard who currently resides in Seattle, WA. He was born and raised in St. Louis, not too far from Ferguson where the killing of Mike Brown happened, who started out in Special Needs classes and taking Individual Education Programs until he moved to Seattle with a retired 20 year NFL coach and his wife who got him out of the courses his sophomore year of high school. He joined the military part-time eight days before graduating high school. Afterwards, he went to Green River Community College where he got his Associates degree then transferred to Seattle University on an ROTC scholarship where he got his undergrad degree in Communication & Media.