That’s a complex question, but I’ll break it down in two forms: one that’s press-friendly and easily digestible, and another that’s long-winded and intricate and will probably tell you more than you care to know.
For bloggers / interviewers / journalists:
TODD KEISLING is the author of A Life Transparent, The Liminal Man (a 2013 Indie Book Award Finalist), The Final Reconciliation, and the forthcoming collection, Ugly Little Things. He lives somewhere in the wilds of Pennsylvania with his wife, son, and trio of unruly cats.
For anyone who might be interested:
I’m just another guy who happens to enjoy writing enough to try and make it his career. I started writing when I was very young, even though visual art was my passion for a number of years, and it wasn’t until I was seventeen that I discovered writing was really my “thing.” I wrote my first novel when I was still in high school, and that novel took second place a couple of years later in my university’s fiction contest. That was all the encouragement I needed to keep going.
Since then, my work has appeared in a number of places, online and in print and even in audio (for a full list, check out the CV page). Although I wrote several other novels, my first “official” book was A LIFE TRANSPARENT, initially released through Lulu in 2007 and later revised and re-released by Precipice Books in 2010. The sequel and second part of a trilogy, THE LIMINAL MAN, was published in October 2012, and was named a finalist for The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book Award of 2013.
I call myself a horror writer to keep things simple, but the truth is I don’t strictly write horror. “Speculative fiction writer” is probably a better description, as my stories tend to blur the genre lines, and I’m okay with that. I try to include something for everyone. As far as influences go, I count Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Chuck Palahniuk, Haruki Murakami, Neil Gaiman, and H.P. Lovecraft to be among them.
I have a family, and I also have a day job. I do most of my writing at night, and I spend most of my free time thinking about writing. I’m in the early stages of plotting the final Monochrome novel, and I’m also working on a collection of short stories titled UGLY LITTLE THINGS, due out in 2017 from Crystal Lake Publishing. And that’s about it, really. If any of this interests you, links to my novels are on the right sidebar; if you have further questions, drop me a line via the Contact page.
Thanks for reading. I look forward to entertaining you.