Interview with Grant Keltner

What are you working on next?
I'd like to finish a third book of short stories. Fictitious and non-fictitious in nature, close to 250 pages of material. I have several stories that I've been editing in recent months and hope to have it finished by the end of fall 2015..
What do your fans mean to you?
I really enjoy my fans. It's great to get comments and feedback with any and all of my stories.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain, Harper Lee. John Steinbeck, Raymond Chandler, Graham Green, Ernest Hemingway, Ken Kesey, Hunter Thompson, Sarah Orne Jewett, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathanial Hawthorne, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, William Burroughs, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, C.S. Lewis, Samuel Beckett, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, A.A. Milne, Charles Dickens, Robert Lewis Stevenson, H. G. Wells, J. R. R. Tolkien, Larry McMurtry, Raymond Carver, Wallace Stegner and Ralph Ellison.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Staying creative with my writing, painting and photography.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy biking, hiking, fishing, photography, and working in real estate.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually go through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.
What is your writing process?
How do you approach cover design?
I have two degrees in graphics and design. I received my undergraduate degree from Portland State University and received my second degree while doing graduate work from the University of Oregon. I work with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and have also taught web development at Portland Community College.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, a story about my grandmothers cat back in third grade.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
On The Road, Huckleberry Finn, East of Eden, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and The Country of the Pointed Firs. I enjoy these books because of the way they were written and for the authors observations with life and social commentary.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Portland, Oregon. My parents split when I was young and my father remarried and moved to San Francisco. In the late 1960's my stepmother took me to visit the Haight-Ashbury District and it was there that I discovered "City Lights Bookstore" and started to notice the writers that were coming out of the bay area at that time. Through the 1970's and 1980's Ken Kesey was a big influence and so was John Steinbeck, Hunter Thompson, Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, Raymond Chandler and other famous authors.

I grew up in N.W. Portland, near Forest Park, the neighborhood in the 1960's and 1970's was a haven for painters, poets, writers and politicians. I have fond memories of the time spent there and the characters I met. I'd like to write a third novel focusing on more of the adventurers that I had while living in Portland, Eugene and San Fransisco.
Published 2015-07-02.
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Books by This Author

The Rose City Chronicles
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 79,260. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The Rose City Chronicles is the second book of short stories written by Grant Keltner. Stories of family, friends and events that helped inspire this book. A special thanks to my mother with inspiring me to use my imagination. I never could have written these stories if it was not for her.
The Portland Tales
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 78,550. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The Portland Tales. The following collection of verse includes short stories that were inspired from my recollections with events, fables and yarns that cover my upbringing here in Portland, Oregon. It is my intent to remember the times that meant the most to me and pass them down for others to enjoy.