In 2021, Ellysian Press published Fate Accompli, the first book in Keith's humorous mythic fiction series, The Water Nymph Gospels. Fate Accompli was a 2021 Foreword INDIES Finalist for Best Book of the Year (Humor.)
Keith's debut novel, Kasper Mützenmacher's Cursed Hat (Curiosity Quills Press), was published in 2017. Foreword Clarion Reviews rated the novel 5 out of 5, nominated it as a 2017 Indies Book of the Year Finalist in the fantasy category, and shortlisted it for the editor's prize. Kirkus Review described Cursed Hat as "an undeniably imaginative journey" that "keeps the reader eager to uncover its final destination." Keith will expand and re-release Cursed Hat as Books 2 and 3 of The Water Nymph Gospels.
Aside from novels, Keith has published short stories, one of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and humor pieces in Defenestration and The Satirist.
When not wearing his fiction writer hat, Keith practices consumer protection law in Washington, D.C. A proud graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., Philosophy, J.D.), Keith lives in Kensington, Maryland with his wife, Laura. Their adult son Stoney is a computer software engineer in New York City.
Disclaimer: The baseball card on the left is a sham. Keith has never played professional baseball for the Detroit Tigers, let alone in 1911, when the American Tobacco Company issued cards of this vintage. Also, the size of Keith's head is much better proportioned in real life.
About Fate Accompli
Tuscany, 1603. Andolosia Petasos dreams of being the next Da Vinci. Only Fate has cursed him to make hats. It’s not Andolosia’s fault. It was his Greek ancestor who stole Hermes’ teleportation hat and brought down all of Olympus. Turns out, the gods frown on that sort of thing.
Twelve centuries earlier, Olympus is crumbling. The goddess Moira tries weaving a future that will spare her from an eternity in Oblivion. Short on time and Destiny Thread, she intertwines her destiny with the fates of a hatter and a water nymph.
Back in Andolosia's time, the powerful and eccentric Sansone de Medici hires the young hatter to create a fantastical hat — a job that will upend Andolosia's life.
At Sansone's Florentine palazzo, Andolosia stumbles upon the belligerent yet beguiling Carlotta Lux. Sansone has kidnapped Carlotta because she descends from the water nymph Daphne. Of course, Andolosia rescues her using Hermes’ hat. But instead of thanking him, Carlotta is livid. She was within inches of killing her captor.
Sansone is driven by a supernatural urge that compels him to catch her or die trying.
And now Andolosia and Carlotta can’t run far enough to escape him . . . or their fates.
Fate Accompli is Book 1 of The Water Nymph Gospels, a humorous work of mythic fiction honored as a 2021 Foreword INDIES Finalist in the humor category. Buy the first in a series of hilarious, fast-paced adventures today!
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