JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Lance Oliver Keeble, author of Globes Disease
Keeble Ink Publishing
Jodi and her friends all suffer from the same affliction. Each of them has to deal with their struggles in their own personal way.
These unfortunate residents of the small quiet town of La Mort Douce must band together to face threats, which include a mysterious vampire, hunters who treat them like wild game and a government agency offering promises of a cure. With many more threats looming, this eclectic group must come together to achieve a common goal. They must fight for their humanity or die alone, like animals.
Globes Disease is thrilling, action-packed novel about lycanthropy seen through the eyes of seven brave souls who suffer from the disease. Do you have it?
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Globes Disease?
Lance Oliver Keeble: In 1985, I wrote a short story based on a question I had. “What if a black man was infected with lycanthrope?” I wrote about the character, Terry, walking down the street wondering if people were looking at him because he was infected or because he was black – “paranoia of the infirm,” if you will. As the story grew, so did the characters. It was a fun write.
JP: What sets Globes Disease apart from other books in the same genre?
LOK: Globes Disease is filled with a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-sexual cast of characters. I didn’t primarily focus on the genre, per se. I wrote about what’s going through each of their minds. I believe readers today are sophisticated enough to follow more than one antagonist and protagonist.
Also, there are no sacrificial brothers. All my characters are weak and strong. They feel justified in their moments. I think superhuman characters have been over used. I prefer suprahuman, so no one is defying gravity.
I think we love invincible characters that are vulnerable. Characters that could die. Often in my books, that can and will happen. I often kill off characters because their actions or circumstance dictate it. They don’t have preordained mortalities. Okay, most of them don’t.
Plus, I noticed readers seem to find a favorite in this book and attach them selves too them. It’s pretty Kool. (This is how I spell cool. Keeble plus cool equals Kool.)
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Globes Disease getting out to the public?
LOK: I have been blessed to be able to find a lot of people willing to give constructive suggestions as Globes Disease began to slowly take life. On the technical end, it was definitely a team effort. I could take up the whole interview naming all the people who have helped me along the way. I am grateful. This book was truly a team effort.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Globes Disease?
LOK: My process varies. Sometimes I am mood driven. I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of author. On the prequel I recently finished, I had a very distinct outline. The sequel is taking longer, because it is a combination of both outline and inspiration.
Globes Disease took over 25 years to complete. It sat in my files for a long time, along side other incomplete works. When I finally committed to writing the short story, that story turned into six novellas. Someone suggested that I combine them into one novel. So I Forrest-Gumped it, and did just that.
(In the movie, Forrest Gump’s success was his ability to say okay to those who told him to do, and do what he did best. You know, just do it. “Run Forrest!” “Okay…”)
So, that’s what I did. A handful of beta readers and three editors later: Viola! Globes Disease was born.
JP: What’s next for Lance Oliver Keeble?
LOK: I am waiting for the prequel to be edited. I am currently writing the sequel. I have been writing and submitting short stories and poetry when I am able. I want to improve on my craft, build a reputation as an author and build a fan base.
I would love to sell lots of copies because I truly believe in what I am doing. As a reader, I wrote something I wanted to see on shelves. Feeling is my weakness. To me selling is more difficult than putting words on a page. Anyone who has finished reading Globes Disease has enjoyed it.
I don’t think my salesman skills are up to par. I need to work on the that. I truly wish I had an agent and a promo team, so I could focus on writing. There are pros and cons to self publishing and traditional publishing. Either way, my goal is to create good, solid work. No matter when it is discovered, it will remain timeless. I want my work to be considered great and engaging.
“I want to thank you JP for this opportunity. I want to thank all of your readers for taking the time to read this interview. I hope all of you will give my book a look and spread the word. We all love feedback.
PS: My favorite chocolates are Kit Kats, M&Ms, Mini Mr. Good Bars, Krunches and Kisses.
~ Lance Oliver Keeble