Keith Havers is a short story writer who has had stories published in Take a Break’s Fiction Feast, That’s Life (Australia), The Weekly News, People’s Friend and The Lincolnshire Echo. He also has a short story published in the charity anthology, ‘100 Stories for Queensland’. He is a member of the Trowell Writers’ Trust and Nottingham Writers’ Club. He has had several first, second and third places in their short story competitions over the last few years. In 2008 he was runner up in the National Association of Writers’ Groups annual competition for short stories. In May 2009, he was awarded second place in Writing Magazine short story competition and the entry is available on their website.
You can find Keith on Twitter@KeithHavers
And he blogs at www.grammargrub.blogspot.uk
Name: Keith Havers
Writer Alias (if you are willing to let us know):
I use my real name Keith Havers in all my published work so far. No alias.
How long have you been a writer?
I joined Trowell Writers’ Club in 2006 so I suppose that should be considered my starting point.
Rough idea of where you live.
I live just outside Nottingham.
Do you sell stories/articles to local or global publications?
I sell short stories to magazines which are also published in other countries.
- What is the first piece of writing that you remember doing?
I can’t remember the first piece of writing I did but I remember that, as a kid, I was always putting something down on paper. I’ve always been interested in science and technology (I have a degree in electronic engineering) so some of the stuff I wrote was non-fiction but I also had a go at stories and scripts.
- What made you realise that you wanted to write for a living?
I don’t actually write ‘for a living’ I have a couple of other jobs as well. I just wanted something else to supplement my income when I realised that my engineering career was coming to an end.
- Where was your first story published?
My first published story was in the charity collection 100 Stories For Queensland in 2011. Shortly after that I made my first sale to Take A Break Fiction Feast.
- Is there a story that you wish that you had written?
I’m sure we’d all like to have written something hugely successful like Harry Potter or Fifty Shades. You have to keep the dream alive.
- What is the one tip that you would give aspiring writers?
Persistence is the key. You have to keep sending your stuff out. Even if it keeps coming back. Re-write it or write something new and send it back out there.
- What is your current project?
I don’t have a project as such. I just keep churning out the short stuff, send it off and hope for the best.
Thank you, Keith for agreeing to take part in The Creative Writer Interview. I would like to wish you all the best with your short stories.
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