Keely Brooke Keith is the author of The Land Uncharted and Aboard Providence. Keely’s interest in writing began with a childhood fascination for maps—and her novels incorporate an unconventional blending of genres that The Christian Manifesto calls “a mix of science fiction and historical romance.” Keely also creates resources for writers, including The Writer’s Book Launch Guide and The Writer’s Purpose Journal.
She lives with her husband and their daughter on a hilltop south of Nashville.
What started you on your storytelling journey?
I began writing stories and poems at an early age. I had wonderful teachers and librarians, who shared their love of story with me, and a supportive family who’ve always encouraged me. They all inspired me. Daily, I’m driven to write for the sheer pleasure of it and my love for the craft.
Great novels always have a plot twist that makes the story even better. Have you ever experienced a real life “plot twist” that made your life better?
Indeed! In my mid-twenties, I thought I had my life details in perfect order. Everything got uprooted in a matter of months. Everything. But God had a plan. Not only did He draw me to Him and save my soul, He matched me with a godly husband and gave me a family.
Let’s talk about Aboard Providence (CrossRiver Media Group, October 2016). Please tell us about it.
Aboard Providence is a standalone, but it’s tied to my previous books in a unique way. In The Land Uncharted, we learned a little about the founders—the group of American families who settled the Land in the 1860s. Aboard Providence is the story of the founders leaving America, seen though the eyes of the only person who did not want to take that voyage.
God often uses our stories to teach us something when we’re writing them. What did you learn (about life, faith, and/or even yourself) in the process of writing this book?
I am learning where my boundaries are as a writer. God is so graciously enclosing me behind and before and laying His hand upon me (Psalm 139:5). He has given me boundaries out of His love for me and His purpose for my writing so my creativity will flourish and define my unique approach to storytelling.
I write stories about make believe people in an imaginary land who live in simplicity yet go through improbable situations that somehow parallel our lives. No matter the characters and the plot, my stories have the same theme. It is the core message the Lord has given me to share: You can trust God.