This is very good timing because I recently blogged about Keith's 4th book - A Fine and Dangerous Season. You can go to the blog and see that review which I posted on September 25. This book is Keith's 2nd digital-only book. The first 2 are in print and were published by Midnight Ink. There were several reasons why he went digital:
1. Books can be published immediately - for print, it takes 12 months after the book is completed.
2. Feedback on the book is monthly.
3. Royalties for print is twice each year - for digital, it's monthly.
Compared to many other authors that I interviewed, Keith started writing well after he was firmly entrenched in his career. He started by taking a writing class through UC Berkeley extension. It took him 8 years to write book 1. His books, in order, are:
Smasher (which has been optioned as a possible movie)
Drop by Drop
A Fine and Dangerous Season
I have read them all, and I have to thank Sabrina and David for that. They came across Keith in a bookstore when he was promoting Dot Dead. They had him autograph it for me and then presented it to me as a gift. I would like to think that I would have come across him somewhere on my own, but who knows? I'm glad that they did that because I have enjoyed all of the books and have watched him improve his craft with each new offering.
Here are a couple of fun facts about Keith:
1. He has lived in Palo Alto since he was 8.
2. One year, he acted as a judge for the Edgars (the mystery writers' awards) and read 450 books - in one year! That's crazy.
3. He was 1 of 72 people who sat on a committee geared to overhauling Kepler's. That process has finally been completed. In fact, this coming Tuesday, the 16th, is when Kepler's will re-open by having an author's event.
If you want to know more about Keith, you can go to his website - www.keithraffel.com. And if you're looking for one of his books to try, I would go with A Fine and Dangerous Season. It's really good with an extremely clever story line.