Interview with Corey Keller

Describe your desk
Well, I don't actually have a desk! I don't ever like to write at home. My "desk" consists of whatever table is open at my favorite coffee shop or bookstore. On that desk/table will be a cup of coffee, my notebook and a pen. I always write in my notebook first before typing it up on a computer. I love the feeling of writing by hand and when you make a mistake, it is always there for you to look at.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a tourist town in New Mexico called Ruidoso. Up in the mountains! I loved it because it was small and lots of wilderness around it to lose yourself in. Having a lot of time to myself and having the love of music is what fueled the desire for me to write. First writing songs, then slowly starting to write poetry and stories. Luckily I had a family that encouraged my passion for music and writing. Without that I don't know if I ever would have written.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my book "Parking Lot Poetry", is really just me being transparent and honest about life, faith, hope and struggles through my experiences through poems. I started writing this book in 2010 while touring with the hardcore band A Sequence of Ghosts. That was pretty much me pouring my heart out with some of my best friends through music. We slept in parking lots and ate out of dumpsters at times and just spent every minute we could meeting somebody new and sharing the love of Jesus on and off stage. The rest of the book progresses from there after the band was done and dives more into my struggles with myself and God. Life isn't always easy, but fighting to hold onto God is so worth it. I just hope that whoever reads this book can be encouraged by a band dude who goes through the same crap that they do and we can share our stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Basically the control. I wanted the book to be how I wanted it to be. The format that I wanted it to be. I felt it was more honest that way with the readers. They would read this how it was meant to be read. Also I could physically see how the sales were going on. I could meet someone for coffee and sell them my book anytime or just give the thing away without someone telling me I couldn't. I'm not in this to be rich or make a publisher rich. I just want to make sure this can get into every persons hand that wants it. That is why I teamed up with Createspace. They were exactly what I was looking for in a printer and indie publisher.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is the feeling of accomplishment. The feeling that I actually pushed myself to something and I followed through with it. I struggled with writing for many years because I lacked the motivation and the passion. I know so many people wish they could write but they never make the time. Make the time! The moment you step back and read what you just put down is so great!
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me! Without someone to listen to my music, or read my book, I would just be playing to myself or writing to myself. I want people to share in the joy of what I create. I may not have many fans but I love every single one of them!
What are you working on next?
Well! I am working on TWO projects!! I am in the process of writing a new record with my best friend and fellow musician Duncan Grantz, and I am working on "Parking Lot Poetry, Volume II." Won't say much else about them for now. Be ready!!
Published 2014-05-22.
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