Interview with Keith Allan Goulet

Tell me about The Simplicity of Faith
Simplicity is a three part book. What I mean by that is, Part one deals with Christianity, truths and myths, Part two is about the human condition or human mind and how it works. Part three is apply some of the things one might have learned from part one and two. It is not just solely about Christianity or religion. The book is more about the myths most religions want you to believe. I made a special effort not to criticize any religion or belief. It is not up to me to decide, nor is it up to anyone else to determine what is real and what is not. So, I encourage anyone who is turned off by religious books, churches or those who claim to have all the answers, to at least real one chapter in the book. They will discover it is not the traditional "bible thumping, hell and damnation" that may have heard about in the past.
In The Simplicity of Faith you make reference to a companion book "Deadly Journey" is it available yet?
Unfortunately no, but will be soon. The basic book is written but not yet edited and being the kind of writer I am, it needs editing.
What are you working on next?
A science fiction novel, "The Genesis Factor". It is the first in a series of seven books in the "First Earth Series". I actually wrote "The Genesis Factor" before I wrote "The Simplicity of Faith". Back when I started to write "The Genesis Factor", I was doing reviews of movie scripts on a website, which created an interest in writing a movie script myself, so I did. The movie script title was "The Mayan Effect". I posted it on the review site and got a lot of favorable response. From the story line of the movie script, came the "First Earth Series". The story is based on medical research into the probability of being able to clone human body parts. As I did the research, I discovered some amazing facts which I incorporated into the story. Embryonic stem cell regeneration is just one of the amazing realities of our future in medicine.
What kind of writer do you consider yourself to be?
Well, my good friend Jerry, who by the way was a teacher, and his wife who still teaches, tells me that I do not always write complete sentences. I suspect what he means is, that I write much like I talk. Sometimes I ramble on and leave a sentence dangling or without a complete though. I use mostly conversational writing. The pitfall to that type of writing is grammar and proper English, even sentence structure. l love creating very interesting characters who have great depth. It come from my movie script editing days, because when you write move scripts, there are two things required above all others... drama and characters. One of my college professors once told me that without drama, there is no story... that stuck with me. I remind myself when I write every paragraph.., the story, every paragraph, needs to move the story forward. They need to create the drama and fulfill the stories purpose.
How did you get from science fiction to a non fiction book like The Simplicity of Faith?
Well... (long pause) its a long story. My life took a hard left turn some years back and it took me a while to fix it... my life that is. Life has a way of getting one's attention, especially when we make hard left turns..., on to a one way street... going the wrong way! The Simplicity of Faith is about the reflection of the human condition... how and why we do things, sometimes things completely out of character. It was and is a reflection of my own life... what really matters in my life. My first love for writing was journalism, news reporting. I spent quite a number of years working in radio as a broadcaster/reporter. I had a regular radio show everyday and did the news. I have always had an interest in what was behind the news. Reporting the news was and still is, reporting what is sensational, what grabs peoples attention, but it seldom reflects the why.
When I began the research for Simplicity, I wanted to answer a couple of basic questions. One of those questions was why were so many people turned off by religion and churches? I found the answers.., the answers were not that complicated or complex.., and by the way are answered in Simplicity.
So what does matter in your life?
When we are young, all we want to do is get older. As we get older, we want to get wiser. When we think we know it everything, we discover not everything is how we imagine it to be. In 2001 I wrote an article on the Illusions of Life. Most thing we think we know, we don't. What I mean by that is, often times what we know is only a small part of the big picture. unfortunately we make decisions based on half truths or a small amount of real facts. What we see in our culture today is extremism with almost everything. But, life is not that way. I tell a story in The Simplicity of Faith about a guy who told me, he knew what was wrong with me. When I asked him to tell me what it was, he said "You want to be right all the time". I laughed at first, then called him a idiot. After a week or more of thinking about it, I came to the conclusion he was right. The next time I ran into him, I told him I agreed with him.., and that he was right. We all want to be right.., all the time.., because is human nature for us to be that way. I told him that in the bigger picture, the difference between being right and being wrong... is simply a point of view. (Pause)..., which bring me to my answer to your question. What matter to me is people, especially family. For nearly ten years I ran away from my family.., didn't call or talk to a single member of my family for nearly ten years. I abandon my son and his wife and two beautiful grand children during that time. It is time I can never have back. Ironically, nearly all of my writing since then is simply an extension of the premise that life is precious and very short. I spent a lot of years being angry over someone's betrayal, but being angry didn't change anything. I read a book called "Why good people do bad things" by Debbi Ford.., it changed my life. I discovered life has very little to do with other people, and everything to do with what I, or you, believe about our self. The "Shadow self" is the persona we all create to appear pleasing to other people. Most often it is never a true and accurate perception of our self. What matters in life, is not what other people think, but what you think of yourself, which will result in how you act and treat other people.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Good question. I am the thirteenth child of twenty brothers and sisters... [Wow...] yes I know, I get that a lot. I was born in a small town in northeastern Montana, raised in a small four room shack without electricity or running water. My mother, bless her soul, loved us all dearly. How she managed to take care of each one of us, I just can't imagine. The love for writing was actually prompted by my mother. As a young 17 year old in Vietnam, she wrote to me often. I use to write back with a one paragraph reply, which did not please her too much. She wanted me to tell her about what it was like being in a foreign country, and what the country was like, so my one paragraph letter turned into several page letter describing everything around me. I grew up on a small farm, went to a small country school. My life was very small in comparison to today's kids. I knew maybe twenty people outside of my family. My father was very old school and very strict. I ran away from home when I was twelve years old and ended up on a farm working for a fairly wealthy farmer. It was my first exposure to a world outside of my family. I spent one summer there, and the family I was living with took me back to my family because they insisted I go back to school. I did go back to school, but my family life did not improve much. By the time I turned sixteen I was looking for a way out. Shortly after I turned seventeen, I joined the Marine Corp with my best friend Charlie. The Marine Corps was good for me. It taught me a great deal about life and exposed me to a whole new world.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Age...[Really?] Its true.., when you get to my age it is a blessing to wake up every morning. In all honesty, I have to say it is mostly a matter of proving the doubters in my life wrong. I have been written off so many times in my life I can't even count the number of times. It started with my father when I was a young boy, and continued throughout the course of my life. I cannot really tell you why. I was sickly as a young boy, which made my father angry and earned me the nickname "scrub rooster". The special attention I received from my mother, created a lot of resentment from my brothers and sisters..., mostly because my mother gave me so much of her attention. It did not change all that much as I got older. I was blessed early in my life.., many times and in many ways. I survived as a child when most thought I would not survive. I struggled most of my life for a variety of reasons. When I had success, those closest to me, seemed to resent my success, mostly because they thought it came too easy for me.., and I didn't deserve it. As a disabled Veteran, my writing motivates me to keep active and healthy. Some days I think about making it to my 90th..., who knows maybe the predictions of embryonic stem cell regeneration therapy, which I made in The Mayan Effect" will come true and I will live longer that i think>
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my family.., my son and his family. I have a lot to make up for. Ten years is a long time to be out of your own child's life. While I was gone, my grandchildren grew up. One is in college now, the other in high school. I spend as much time with them as I possibly can. I have a Christian Ministry, The Wild Rose Christian Ministry, which I started in 2001, which has a variety of different project. This booki, along with several other project, are what funds the ministry and all the project we do. All the profits derived from The Simplicity of Faith and from the sale of other Ministry books, stay with the ministry and eventually go to help people in need. I personally do not receive any of the profits. The Ministry is my legacy.., it will live on long after I die.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have never felt real deserving throughout my life. Trying to put the idea of having fans of my writing is hard for me to imagine. For me, what I write about comes from my heart. The characteristics of each character, has a lot of me in them. I fill their lives with compassion, because I believe with out passion, life is pretty dull. I feel an obligation to give each reader whatever it is they are looking for in reading a single page from any of my books. Readers are the life blood of any writer. They may start off as a reader, but they become a fan, someone who loves what is written, only after they can identify with the characters and story. So, a fan is the last piece to a giant puzzle..., and they are the only ones that can finish the puzzle. The puzzle will always be incomplete without them. Fans are like family. In reality, they are a part of the book family. The book may have been written by me, but there are always a lot of other people who have contributed even though they may not have written a single word in the book. Without them the book would not even exist. So, I do not see the reader/fan as solely my fan, but a fan of everyone who helped write the book.
What is your writing process?
It would be easy to say I outline it and write it. But..., there is a lot of work that needs to be done before the outline can even begin. My stories begin with an idea.., a story line. Once I decide on what the story is going to be about, I decide who gets to tell the story. Am I going to have a character tell the story or an observer. But, before I can decide that, I need to create at least four characters and give them all a chance to tell the story. I spend the greatest amount of time building the characters. The characters need to come alive, have feeling and act in their own best interest. Once I have the characters and know them as well as any actually human being, then I can let them write the story within the boundaries I set out in the outline. I decide what things I want to have happen in the story and let the characters tell me how they see them. It works for me. This process is why there is seven books in the First Earth Series. Each character is featured in their own book and have their own version or point of view of the overall story. What happens is there new aspects to the overall story revealed in each book, combined with a new point of view of the story. The basic premise is the same, but the story is expanded into areas that have not or were not covered in previous volumes. It is a more complex process which requires that all seven books be outlined in advance of writing the first book. Detail events of the story are character related, even character specific and overlapping.
Describe your desk or where you write?
My desk.., I have three of them, and three computers. One desk is for business things and the other two are for writing. I like to keep my current writing projects open to where I left them. I sometimes work on several different books at the same time. In fact, I work on character development all the time. I divide my work day into pieces and always allow specific times to work on different books, mostly so I do not get distracted. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of a characters drama and getting a phone call to distract the mood or take me out of the scene. So, it is a must, when I am writing, I turn off my phone.
As for where I write, I have an office in the lower level of my house and most of my writing takes place there. However, when I am writing specific scenes which require mood settings, I like taking my laptop to a location so I can get the right feel for what I am writing about. I spend a considerable amount of time talking to real people, who my characters represent, so my fact are accurate and believable. Every story has the same sequence of events, and have an absolute cause and effect to them. How you unveil those events makes a story good or not so good. Every great story has all the events within the story and are revealed perfectly.
Published 2015-12-27.
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The Simplicity of Faith
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 101,370. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth
Faith is not just a Christian word but a humanistic state of mind. What you think you know may not be true. Much of what we think is fact, is only partially true or not true at all. Discover how to know for yourself, and how to decide what is fact or fiction. Good bad, right or wrong, we are fully capable of both. Is your "shadow self" real or an Illusion? Chances are it is only partly you!