For a complete bio and a list of Don's books, visit www.donkeith.com.
Award-winning and best-selling author Don Keith was born in 1947 and has lived in the South all his life. He attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where he received his degree in broadcast and film communication with a minor in English and literature. While working as a broadcast journalist, he won awards from the Associated Press and United Press International for news writing and reporting. He was also the first winner of Troy State University's Hector Award for innovation in broadcast journalism. As an on-the-air broadcaster, Don won the Billboard Magazine "Radio Personality of the Year" in two formats, country and contemporary. Keith was a broadcast personality for over twenty years in Birmingham and Nashville, and also owned his own consultancy, co-owned a Mobile, Alabama, radio station (WZEW-FM), and hosted and produced several nationally syndicated radio shows.
His first novel, THE FOREVER SEASON, was published by St. Martin's Press in the fall of 1995 to commercial and critical success. It called heavily on Keith's own athletic and academic experiences. Reviewers praised its unique approach and powerful story. The novel won the Alabama Library Association's "Fiction of the Year" award in 1997, joining works likewise honored from Harper Lee and others, and was re-issued in the fall of 2002 by the University of Alabama Press as part of its prestigious Deep South Books series. His second novel, WIZARD OF THE WIND, was based on Keith's years in broadcasting. As was the first book, the second work was published under the imprint of widely praised New York editor Robert Wyatt as A Wyatt Book for St. Martin's Press. Keith next released a series of young adult/mens' adventure novels co-written with Kent Wright. They are set in NASCAR stock car racing and titled THE ROLLING THUNDER STOCKCAR RACING SERIES. The works were released in paperback by Tor Books, as audiobooks by Durkin-Hayes Publishing, and in hardback by Econo-Clad Books.
Don's next novel, a thriller co-written with former nuclear submarine commander George Wallace, FINAL BEARING, was released by Forge Books of New York City in April 2003 and quickly became a national bestseller and received great reviews. A mass-market paperback edition is also available and a Kindle edition is now available from Amazon.com. A sequel to that novel is set for publication in July 2012 (see below).
Keith's first non-fiction work, GALLANT LADY, the true story of a remarkable World War II submarine, the USS Archerfish, was written with the significant help of former Archerfish crewmember Ken Henry. It was published by Forge Books in June 2004. A trade paperback edition was published in 2005 and an audio version was released by Blackstone Audiobooks, voiced by Alan Sklar. The audio book is available at Amazon.com or Audible.com.
Don's next work of military history, IN THE COURSE OF DUTY, was published by the Caliber imprint of Penguin USA. The book deals with another amazing WWII submarine, the USS Batfish, her heroic efforts in the Pacific and the wonderful story of how she came to rest today high and dry in a former bean field in Muskogee, Oklahoma--the middle of the Dust Bowl and the Cherokee Nation.
In 2006, he published FINAL PATROL, another Caliber/Penguin release, which tells the personal, behind-the-scenes stories of each of the 17 WWII submarines that are open to the public around the country as museum ships. Each of the non-fiction submarine books were offered as featured selections of The Military Book Club.
Also in 2006, Cumberland House Press released Don's book of unique vignettes about legendary college football coach "Bear" Bryant titled THE BEAR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF COACH PAUL "BEAR" BRYANT. Don has also done biographies of several truly remarkable individuals. Shelley Stewart overcame crippling family and racial discrimination to become one of the most influential radio personalities in the nation, a fixture in the Civil Rights efforts in Birmingham in the 1960s, and now owns one of the most successful ad agencies in the nation. Don tells his story in MATTIE C.'s BOY. And Steve Skipper was once a member of the vicious Crips gang, their chief drug-debt collector until a visit to a church revival service one night turned his life around. He is now one of the most honored artists, painting Christian works but also internationally famous for his works of art dealing with sports of all types. DREAM ON: A JOURNEY TO DELIVERANCE is Steve's amazing and inspiring story.
Don's next work was THE ICE DIARIES, the previously untold story of America's first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, and her historic Cold War trip to the North Pole in 1958. The book was co-written with Captain William R. Anderson, the skipper of Nautilus on that world-changing, top-secret voyage. The book was submitted for consideration for the Pulitzer Prize.
The next work was another true story of a series of events aboard the World War II submarine USS Billfish. WAR BENEATH THE WAVES reveals the previously untold story of how a young officer took charge of a submarine during a vicious depth-charge attack and, with the help of a couple of chiefs and brave crewmembers, saved the boat. It is an amazing story that took over 60 years to finally tell. It, too, is pubished by Caliber/Penguin and is also available in an audio-book version on Audible.com.
Don's next non-fiction historical work was UNDERSEA WARRIOR, the remarkable story of Commander Dudley "Mush" Morton, a young submarine skipper who literally--and almost single-handedly--changed the course of submarine warfare. And he did it in only ten months as a war-time captain of a submarine.
Don Keith's latest non-fiction work is THE SHIP THAT WOULDN'T DIE, an amazing WWII tale of bravery and tenacity aboard a non-warship mistakenly attacked by Japanese dive bombers as a prelude to the Battle of the Coral Sea.
Don Keith's latest four novels include a two sequels to FINAL BEARING, also co-written with former sub skipper George Wallace, and two of the most unusual works of fiction you may ever read. FIRING POINT is another taut thriller in which a submarine crew and a team of Navy SEALs are called upon to rescue the Russian president. A rogue Russian admiral bent on re-uniting the old Soviet Union has kidnapped him and will stop at nothing--even igniting WWIII--to accomplish his goal. The book has been optioned by Relativity Media ("Act of Valor," "The Fighter," "Social Media") and is in pre-production as a major motion picture under the working title HUNTER KILLER, starring Gerard Butler and Billy Bob Thornton. A release is tentatively targeted for 2017. The second novel, DANGEROUS GROUNDS, is another submarine thriller, this time involving a band of terrorists bent on setting off a nuclear holocaust using a captured American submarine. The third work of fiction, THE SPIN, is the inspiring story of one man's desperate act that becomes a much bigger quest...for him and thousands of others. And the fourth, THE ROAD TO KINGDOM COME, tells of a truck driver trying to deny his Cherokee heritage even as he gets pulled in dangerous directions.
Don also writes under the pseudonym of Jeffery Addison and has published three heartwarming novellas, co-written with Edie Hand, THE LAST CHRISTMAS RIDE, THE SOLDIER'S RIDE, and THE CHRISTMAS RIDE: MIRACLE OF THE LIGHTS. Each is an inspirational story of life's ride, the rough patches we run into along the way, and how we overcome them with faith, family and friends. MIRACLE OF THE LIGHTS is also in pre-production as a feature film. These books have no been reissued under Don's real name.
Don lives in Indian Springs Village, Alabama, with his wife, Charlene. He is also a sought-after public speaker, an active "ham" radio operator (call sign N4KC), a member of the Alabama Writers' Forum, and actively supports local and statewide literacy efforts. In order to help other writers, Don has made available an e-book, WRITING TO BE PUBLISHED...and READ. To encourage others to pursue his favorite hobby, Don recently published several books including RIDING THE SHORTWAVES: EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO, GET ON THE AIR...NOW!, and THE AMATEUR RADIO DICTIONARY, all available in all book formats.
Don's web site is www.donkeith.com.