This week it is my pleasure to interview Keith D. Guernsey. Would you please introduce yourself to my readers, Keith and share something about your life.
Mr. Keith D. Guernsey is retired after a forty year career in sales and sales management with several fortune 500 companies. He currently lives on Lake Lanier with his wife Susan and four-footed son Harley. Mr Guernsey spent a good portion of his youth playing sports, active in both football and hockey. In 1995 Keith was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor (called an Acoustic Neuroma) and he underwent a ten hour operation at the world-renowned Brigham and Women's hospital where it was successfully removed. While recovering, he met and married Susan. Together they faced his next challenge. In 1997 his neuroma returned. He was to undergo yet another, more complex, operation which resulted in a complete cure, however side effects of this second more invasive procedure caused prolonged inactivity and led to severe weight gain of over 100 lbs. Today Mr. Guernsey is very proud of the fact that he has been able to overcome his physical challenges, losing over one hundred and thirty five pounds, and has found the time to write two successful books (“Confessions of a Beantown Sports Junkie and “Fathers and Sons-Sports and Life”). http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/archives/118140/
When did you write your first book and how did it come about?
I started “Confessions of a Beantown Sports Junkie” 25 years ago as a way to chronicle my passion for sports.
Do you always write in the same genre or do you mix it up?
When you write, do you start with an idea and sit down and let it evolve, or do you make notes and collect ideas on paper beforehand?
I just let it flow from personal experiences!
Would you like to give us a short excerpt from one of your books?
… Little League Nightmare
By Keith D. Guernsey
Growing up 12 miles from Fenway baseball was a very big deal in Lexington and I was determined to give it my best shot. Opening day was a major event with a parade through the center of town and players from all the teams lining both baselines (think opening day at Fenway for all its pomp and circumstance and you wouldn’t be far off). There is where it went from bad to worse. My shiny, new all-white uniform had arrived in the mail. I was so excited to try it on and then so sad when the pants did not fit. My late mother, in her infinite wisdom, decided (glad you are not here to read this Ma) she could fix them; so I let her give it a shot, but all she had was gray material to use. So what ended up happening was that 100 Little League baseball players lined the first and third baselines at the Center Field in Lexington, and 99 had perfectly pressed sparkling white uniform pants. I had white pants with a large gray patch directly in the center of the posterior. With a last name of Guernsey (rhymes with cow) and being rotund in places where I shouldn’t have been, the laughter and humiliation were complete.
This was my most embarrassing moment but surprisingly not by that much. In little league baseball there was a rule that everyone had to play. This made the coaches unhappy but the players (especially the lousy ones like me!) ecstatic. My coach sent me out to right field (told you I was the bench warmer money can buy) with a great deal of trepidation and the sincere hope that no one would actually hit the ball to me. If you are unfamiliar with LL ball, it is where the coaches put their worst players in hopes nothing too awful will take place. Unfortunately for him it did. One of the first batters that came up to bat after I went in the game lined one way over my head and hilarity ensued. I ran (waddled?) back after the ball when my cap flew off. Instead of continuing to pursue the ball, I stopped and went back after my lid. Only after retrieving my hat did I resume my pursuit of the ball. Suffice to say that by the time I retrieved the ball my opponent had long since circled the bases and I was unceremoniously yanked from the game. The only saving grace is that there was no AFV or YouTube to record this monumental faux pas.
Who is your favourite character and why?
Bobby Orr who became a friend 50 years ago and is arguably the greatest hockey player of all time!
Which of your books gave you the most pleasure to write?
“Fathers and Sons-Sports and Life” since it talks about the incredible love and unbreakable bond between my late father and myself.
What is the best marketing tip you have received?
Be persistent and consistent.
How would you describe yourself?
Family oriented, easy going.
What do you do when you are not writing or reading?
Travel with family, charity work.
If you could holiday anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
Guernsey island to see where my name came from.
If you have owned pets, do you have a funny story you would like to share with us?
Too many to share here but our rescue dog Harley is the most spoiled dog in America today!
What is the biggest factor for you when selecting a book to read?
Do you have your own website?
Are you working on a new book at the moment?
Yes, story of DeShaun Watson’s life.
Do you have any events or book promotions coming up that you would like to tell us about?
Yes, our readers tell us that both of our books make unique, cost-effective stocking stuffers!