On Friday 18th December 2015, I met up with a few friends for Christmas drinks. We got onto the subject of New Year resolutions and I, buoyed by alcohol, declared I intended to write a book. A wager was placed but at some point during the evening the resolution was lost in an alcoholic haze.
In March 2016, one of my friends casually reminded me of our bet so with some trepidation, I typed the first page of a novel I had no idea how to write.
Fast forward six months and by mid-September, I had somehow cobbled together enough pages for a novel. Then – more in hope than expectation – I emailed the manuscript to a dozen literary agents. Unsurprisingly, weeks passed and my emails remained unanswered. I decided to publish the book myself and on October 15th 2016, The ’86 Fix joined millions of other novels on Amazon’s virtual shelves.
A tick on a bucket list and a bet won, I got on with my life. I had no idea my crappy novel would go on to become a bestseller. I should stress the only reason it became a bestseller is because so many wonderful people took a punt, bought it, and posted lovely reviews. Without their support, I wouldn’t be writing this guff.
Thirty months and two further bestsellers later, I’ve just published my seventh novel. At the time of writing, Tuned Out is one of the best-selling novels in the Amazon’s science fiction charts; alongside such esteemed names as George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, and Douglas Adams. It’s as close as I’ll ever get to literary greatness but I’ll take it.
Remarkably, and I still can’t work out how, I’ve sold over 100,000 books and now earn a living as a full-time author. In a twist of irony, I’ve also received offers from literary agents and publishing houses but not one tempting enough to abandon my indie career. I’ve also received a few tentative enquiries about TV/film rights to a couple of my novels but as yet, those rights are still up for grabs (if you’re a producer, that was a less-than-subtle hint – contact me).
I grew up in Farnham, Surrey, and attended Heath End Secondary School – referenced in my first two novels as the protagonist lives in ‘Farndale’ and attends Heathland Secondary School. I’m also a life-long Aldershot Town fan, for my sins.
Some Pointless Facts…
If you’re still awake, here are some fairly uninteresting facts about me…
- I’m currently working on my eighth novel which is due for release in autumn 2019. If you’d like an email when it’s ready, you can sign-up for an email notification on this page.
- In the ’70s – when I arrived on this earth – the name ‘Keith’ had some kudos. I was actually named after Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones; the coolest man on the planet at the time. Then there was the slightly unhinged drummer of The Who, Keith Moon. My name is now anything but cool. I blame Chegwin (RIP).
- I was born on Friday 13th, and I’m left-handed. In the middle ages, I’d have probably been a wizard or a soothsayer rather than a writer. Saying that, it’s more likely I’d have been burnt at the stake.
- The ‘A’ in my name is a necessary evil – I’m not being pretentious. There are several published authors called Keith Pearson, and a semi-famous bluegrass banjo player. If you book me (rather than my musical namesake) to play at your folk club, you’ll be disappointed. That ‘A’ is important.
More Pointless Facts…
STAR SIGN: Virgo
HOME: Hampshire in the UK
FAVE BOOK: Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
FAVE MEAL: Thai Chilli Prawns
FAVE DRINK: Coffee, lots of
LOVE: Peace and quiet, the gym, and long walks
HATE: Selfishness, barking dogs, and salespeople who ask, “How are you?” (pointless – they don’t really care and I always lie)
In The Media…
I recently visited the Radio Woking studios to join Roy Alloway for the launch of his new ‘Happy Hour’ show.
Here’s an abridged cut of my radio interview with the very lovely Mel Montagnon on Wey Valley Radio.
Here’s a review of The ’86 Fix, courtesy of Pete Haynes and his Geek Show on Puritans Radio. You can follow Pete on Twitter here.
My first ever radio interview; on The Roy Allaway Radio Show after the launch of The ’86 Fix. (the interview part starts at 4:10)…