Turn The Key To See Into The Mind Of Chris Keys….

I was asked the other day how I came up with the idea for One Mistake and to be honest the idea of a guy digging a hole in which to bury someone was the idea I had originally. Like most of my stories I start out writing about just a small part of the story and my imagination builds on it from there. I thought about why a guy was digging the hole, then what kind of hole was it, big/little. Then it went to how I would dig a hole to bury a body. I mean why else dig a hole?

It then morphed into a normal guy is pushed to his breaking point and so believing he has no choice, he plots out the perfect murder. Murder is a drastic step that gets a lot lip service in the heat of the moment, but is actually seldom committed. Yeah sure there are thousands murdered every year in America. But there are billions of people, so in contrast, the number of murders, though horrific all, are really quite small in the grand scheme. That’s probably why it intrigues us so much.

Tyler Stone is the neighbor you say hi to as you come back home from work or on the weekend while mowing the lawn. He’s the guy you play softball with or hang out at the bowling alley with. He’s not a monster, but he’s feeling trapped, and the acceptable solution in society’s eyes is simply too much for him. If he goes along with getting divorced it will strip him of his identity and everything he’s worked for. That’s something he can’t deal with.

I then thought about how he’d have to justify to himself, the killing of his wife and after lying convincingly to himself working up the courage to follow through, he finally accepts it’s wrong to do it. Only to justify it by believing its only wrong if he gets caught. Maybe he is a monster deep down inside, maybe we all are to some extent.

So Tyler, who obviously saw the divorce coming, long before the wife actually started acting out, begins planning for the perfect murder. He reads books, lots of books about murder and studies them to learn exactly what the murderer did that gave away the fact that he had killed someone.

Tyler plans the burial site, the cleanup, hunts for and finds the perfect murder weapon, prepares the murder scene, and sets the stage to commit the crime so that his alibi will shield him from suspicion. But even the best laid plans seldom survive the first minute of battle. It is one of the first lessons officer candidates learn at our nation’s military academies. Your enemy will never follow your battle plan. You have to be fluid and reactive, and never give up the initiative, but you will always have to make adjustments on the fly.

Tyler despite thinking he’d planned for nearly everything, discovers he hadn’t planned for hardly anything and is forced from the moment he initiates his plan to reevaluate and rethink everything. The one thing you cannot plan for, in its entirety, is what other people will do. Tyler finds this out the hard way and finds himself battling through one unplanned for challenge after another, all created by others. You’ll find yourself almost rooting for him to get away with it.

I found myself struggling along with Tyler to keep the mistakes to a minimum and keep the story believable. It was challenging thinking up what could possibly go wrong next, without turning it into a comedy.

Once I figured out Tyler would kill his wife, I then had to discover how he‘d avoid making that One Mistake that would get him caught. So when it came to the ending, I simply…Oh wait…I think maybe it would be best if you read that part for yourself. That way I’ll avoid the Mistake of giving it away and that would be truly tragic for me.


Keys Hits The Top Ten!




Nick Wale just posted a great article about my latest top ten book! My LATEST! I don’t think I have ever broken the top ten before- although I think my three paid books got pretty close! Nick Wale is one of the most progressive backers of self-published writers and I think he is pretty amazed at my success too! We interviewed recently, and he expected “One Mistake” to be the biggie!




The new Chris Keys release entitled “Chris’s Quotes” has hit the top ten on the free kindle chart. When asked about his success Chris released the following statement:

I have been honored with many things during my long and varied career- but I am not sure I have ever been in the Amazon top ten… I woke up today to find my book in the bestsellers ranks. Thank to all the people who bought my book, and I hope you enjoyed it.”


Get your copy of “Chris’s Quotes” now!




Big words from a big-time interviewer and reviewer!


Okay, friends please go and get a copy of my new FREE kindle only e-book! It’s free and I think you will love it! You can find it here!




I Write….


I write and write and write again


Only to start all over again


The words they flow


Each one perfectly so


It’s blood, sweat and tears


Over way too deeply rooted fears


Not smart enough


Not witty enough


Not educated


Poorly punctuated



The challenge is such


It’s almost my life’s crutch


I run and I hide


From life’s stress inside


Each jot and each twittle


The stories shape I whittle


With each pen stroke


A new thought I provoke


With facts stranger than fiction


I write each story with stunning conviction



Then as I print, the truth it unfolds


The mush of their minds, I seek to mold


The story I’ve told


Of the righteous and the bold


Should lead the world to action


If only the book would gain traction


For try I might


At the end of each night


No matter how elegant it’s been said


Not a single word seems to have been read.


I write and write and write again


Only to start all over again.



Reviews Where Art Thou?

I will have a new book out soon called “One Mistake”. I think you will enjoy it. Let me tell you a little about it, and why I wrote it.

One Mistake was one of those interesting little stories that come along in the middle of the night. I have found myself wrestling with it for many nights and many days. Finally, it was born, it was a beauty.

The story is something I picked up over the years. Every criminal makes one mistake to get caught. Every mastermind makes a failure. Moriaty, The guys on Kojak, and even the ones Sam Waterstone picks up on Law and Order… They all make ONE big mistake that does not let them pass go, does not let them collect $200 and sends them directly to jail.

When a man pitches the perfect crime to the jury of his mind- it seems perfect. It seems like he will get his way and his wife will be dead. HE will have committed the perfect crime.

Does he succeed? Well the book will be out soon… Contact me if you would like to review it!

I can’t wait to see what you guys have to say…

Merchandising…. An Idea?

All newbie writers should know that there is very little money in the writing world….


Yup… No real millions to be made.

I have been told that a million times. Yet, it still made me smile when I thought about Steve King sitting in his mansion typing away at a laptop… No money?

The real money in writing comes from a hit book.. A movie… Merchandising.

So, I am wondering has anyone reading this ever tried merchandising their books? I recently came across a website called Zazzle that allows you to make merchandise with relative ease and sell it through their store…



I intend to look into this closely- I just thought I would drop a line and let all my readers know about it.

I don’t know if any of you will want to buy a T-shirt with Chris Keys emblazoned on it…

I might though…

Sounds like fun!