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Member Spotlight December 2013
Paul Keene’s fifth grade teacher read The Yearling
to his class. This inspired Paul to start writing his own stories based on characters
who struggle to survive culminating in the release of Among
the Jimson Weeds (2012) featuring
Conor who exists in a "constant state of awkward discomfort”.
Among the Jimson Weeds is the first book
in the aptly titled Running Nowhere
Pieces was released in July 2013 with the final book, Within Time due
for release in the spring of 2014. The series will appeal to the masses who
understand what it feels like to not belong.
Paul grew up along the banks of the
Snake River separating Idaho and Oregon. Watching geese flying above over the
river, listening to quiet sounds of nature, and feeling strength in an
undercurrent developed senses he uses in his writing today. Whenever possible, he
hitched a ride into town and the local library to borrow as many books as the
librarian would allow. His thirst for reading led to an expansive collection of
ideas for stories and character sketches. These ideas continued to expand
during forty years of teaching.
Until his retirement, Paul worked in the
public school systems in Oregon, California and Idaho, initially as classroom
teacher then school principal, and finally in special services.
Working closely with students struggling with issues that most people never have to face in a
lifetime and watching as they each made the best of difficult and troubling situations, deepened Paul's compassion and understanding. "Vicariously or real, I'm compelled to write
the best and worst that life has to offer," says Paul.
In addition to his practical experiences
that benefit his writing, and readers, research plays a pivotal role in Paul’s contemporary
fiction. "Using landmarks native to the setting brings realism to fiction,"
he says. "And the best plot deserves characters that I know inside and out. If
I don't know my characters, they will appear flat to the reader."
You will also discover that the
paranormal and humor are common threads in his work. "Win or lose,
laughter gives strength and determination that propels one forward," says
Today, Paul is fortunate to be
fulfilling his life’s passion and writing fulltime. When he’s not writing, he
is reading. He lives in Idaho with his wife, daughter, three pugs and
labradoodle, and is within an hour's drive to the beautiful Snake River and the
Birds of Prey.
You can connect with Paul on his website,
and check out Paul’s blog to read
his portfolio of micro-fiction.
Paul's books are
available in all formats at all major online retailers including Amazon.com