We are excited today to interview Abel Keogh, author of The Third, a dystopian novel. Abel is a veteran author writing hundreds of articles, short stories, poetry and a memoir called Room for Two. He currently lives in Utah with his wife and four kids. While The Third may not be Abel’s first book, it is certainly his most dramatic so far.
From the back cover: When Ransom Lawe, a Recycler in the Pacific Northwest, finds out his wife is pregnant with their third, and therefore illegal child, he’s forced to choose between the government who proclaims a desire to save the planet and his hope for a place where his family can live in freedom. But with the Census Bureau Sentinels closing in on his wife and unborn child, Ransom’s choice will either save his family or tear them apart forever.
For more information about The Third visit http://thethirdthebook.com/.
Describe your book in 5 words or less.
Environmentalism run amuck.
What was the initial idea for The Third?
I always wanted to write a book about a “green” society because I don’t think most people realize how horrible it would actually be. Living in a country run by Al Gore and the Sierra Club would look more like Poland in the 1960s then the Na’vi on Pandora. It wasn’t until I started thinking of what we’d have to give up if we actually cut our carbon emissions 80% that the idea for The Third began to take root.
When and how did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed writing. I wrote my first 10-page “book” when I was 8. It’s just been part of who I am for as long as I can remember. I can’t imagine living without working on a short story, novel, essay, or poem.
If you could give writing advice to yourself 5 years ago, what would it be?
Keep crunching out the books even if they never see the light of day. Five years ago I was too worried about writing something imperfect. Now I know the only way to get books finished is to write something imperfect and see if there’s something there and, if there is, rewrite it four or five times until it comes out right.
What are your plans for the near future?
I’ve got a contract for a self help book under consideration and two more novels, including a sequel to The Third, that should be completed very soon.
This last one is very important: Chocolate or vanilla ice cream? Why?
Vanilla because it goes with everything–even chocolate. 🙂
Thanks so much for being so willing to interview with us Abel! We wish you all the best with your future endeavors and look forward to your book launch on April 22nd! And I totally agree with vanilla. =J