Hi, I’m Charles O’Keefe. I’m 37, I live in Newfoundland, Canada (Conception Bay South to be a little more precise), I’m married, no kids, two cats, a niece and nephew. I’d love to say I work only as a writer but I also have a 9-5 job where I work with my brother in a beauty wholesale business. I try to eat healthy (I’m a vegetarian), help animals and the environment and get exercise too.
2) How long have you been writing?
While I did some writing in university for a student paper, I’d only consider my serious writing career having started in March of 2010, so a little over 3 years.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
Yes it would be either here at this little nook between the kitchen and the TV room or in the kitchen, taking breaks to look out my window. I write best when I’m home and it’s quiet.
4) Why did you decide to write “Killer on the Road”?
“Killer on the Road” is a direct sequel to “The Newfoundland Vampire” and I couldn’t just end it there. More precisely though I was on vacation back in September 2011, my first book had just been accepted for publication and I felt I wanted to keep going. I just had this overwhelming feeling that I wasn’t done, I had more to say to the world. My characters, Joseph and Cassandra, had more to do. So I kept going and the rough draft of book 2 was done by November of 2012.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Even though Joseph is me (more or less) I would have to pick Cassandra, the other main character. She is always fun to write and is the first character that felt real to me. It felt like she was just waited for more to do, for her imaginary left to continue.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
I wrote a character in book one named Thomas, he was weak, pathetic and subservient. Specifically though it seemed a waste to introduce a character only to kill him in the same book. I like to have characters stick around a while and give them a fuller story arc.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I do a little bit of proofreading/editing (okay a LOT for book 1) but I am lucky to have the support of Pat, my editor. She does a great job and I hope I get to work with her and the great folks at Penumbra for years to come.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I enjoy reading, walking, movies, TV, Pilates, martial arts, poker, video games and going to concerts. I also quite like to travel, though that can include writing as well.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I don’t read as much as I used to, writing and other hobbies take up a lot of time. I do have some favorite authors though, Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Jamie Wasserman, George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway.
10) Why did you dedicate two books to two different cats?
I’m a huge lover of animals, always have been. To me my cats (and in particular the two I’ve dedicated both books to) are more than just pets. Frank was my special friend (he sadly died in early 2011) and an unusual cat. He was all white, deaf, had two different colored eyes and will always have a special place in my heart. Fortunately, we had two other cats and as I found a way to work another cat, Jude, into my second book I dedicated it to him. Jude is all black, has one messed up eye (that happened in a fight but he can still see out of both) and is so affectionate and good, he is also my special friend. The love of an animal is so simple and pure, I think we can all learn something from the way a pet treats us and I think having a pet that is an experience everyone should have.