Keely Brooke Keith is the author of The Land Uncharted, a book pulling in five-star reviews that some readers describe as a Christian, Historical, Sci-Fi mix.
When my husband challenged me to write my first book, The Land Uncharted, I accepted the challenge, assuming I would only write a few sentences at a time and over the years slowly produce a manuscript that my future great-grandchildren would one day find beneath a tattered stack of Reader’s Digests as they cleaned out my Bengay-smelling room at the nursing home. And that’s about the pace I wrote at for the first few months. Then without warning, inspiration struck and a torrent of words starting pouring out of me. Snippets of dialogue, the scent of a scene, or emotions that had nothing to do with my real life would wake me at 4 or 5 in the morning and there was no going back to sleep. My fingers couldn’t type as fast as the story came and within weeks, my few pages of not-really-a chapter turned into a full-length novel.
Before that sweet, providential challenge slipped from my husband’s lips, I was already busy—not crazy busy, but my daily schedule was full. I ran a home, did the bookkeeping for my husband’s business, homeschooled our daughter, and worked as a musician. Once the book was written and the publishing adventure began, 40-50 hours of writing work filled every gap in my already full weeks.
Now, nearly two years into this process, The Land Uncharted has been released as the first in a three-book series and I’m still happily running a home, helping with a business, homeschooling my daughter, and playing music. And after “What is your book about?” the second most frequent question I’m asked is “How do you do it?”
My answer: by the grace of God.
It’s true. But it’s more than that, or different somehow, because the gift of God’s grace is available to all people—multi-tasking truckloads of creative work is not. All I know is: He has given me this ability in this season for His purpose. He has given me a passion for writing and as long as He leads me down this path, I will follow. I have friends who routinely work 18-hour shifts in the Emergency Room, and I have no idea how they do it. I pray over missionaries who live in deplorable conditions to share the Gospel, and I have no idea how they do it. I go to church with women who care for their aging parents and watch their grandbabies at the same time, and I have no idea how they do it.
…Other than by God’s grace.
God’s grace is sufficient for me, for His power is made perfect in weakness. My prayer is that I try to constantly stay in check with what the Lord has for my life. I know that in this season I should help my husband and teach my daughter and prayerfully accept jobs playing music that brings Him praise. And I know that as long as the stories keep coming, I should faithfully continue writing.
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