|Born||Albert Watkins Key, Jr.
(1970-10-28) October 28, 1970
|Alma mater||Birmingham-Southern College|
|Notable works||Alabama Moon,( ISBN 978-0-374-30184-2 (1st edition hardback)
Dirt Road Home,
|Notable awards||E.B. White Read-Aloud Award (2007)|
|Spouse||Katie Feore Key (1994-present)|
Still to this day, I don’t know when I write something whether it’s good or not.
Some characters think more like me than others; some think more like my dad or someone else. It certainly is made up of my experiences, things I’ve heard, things I think are funny, things I think are sad. There’s sort of a strange, blurry version of yourself in there.
I go on a good many adventure-type trips. Whenever I go on one, it’s always potentially going to be the setting for one of my books. I pay more attention to certain aspects than some other people might. Sometimes I use them, sometimes I don’t. Most of the books I write are based on experiences I’ve had to some extent.
The hardest thing about being an unpublished writer is that there’s always that voice in your head that asks if you’re really being a fool. You might just really stink and not know it. You have to have a lot of blind faith in the process. You have to like it so much that you’re going to do it anyway.
Typically, when you sell your story rights to a movie production company, they can do whatever they want with it. The writer is typically not involved anymore.
I didn’t have any writer friends in college. I was a computer science major, but I was writing a lot, probably more than anybody I knew. I started to submit novels to New York when I was a freshman in college.