Diane McKeithen talks first book

Diane McKeithen

Diane McKeithen

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:15 AM.

By Traci Gaddis


Diane McKeithen has worn many hats in her life, wife, mother, teacher, grandmother but most recently she has added published author to her list.  In the late nineties Diane could be found behind a desk at Port St. Joe High School where she taught English, Public Speaking and Drama for six years.   

She is also the wife of former Gulf County Sheriff Frank McKeithen.  

The family relocated to Panama City and Diane continued to teach until her retirement in 2010.  After retirement Diane toyed with the idea of writing a book….just for herself….just for her own pleasure.  The book she thought she would write and the book that she ended up writing became two entirely different books. 

“I was writing a short story about the ending of technology,” she said and she had a working title: In An Instant, “but when I sat down to write, chapter by chapter started to emerge.” 

At one point Diane had absolutely no idea where the storyline was going.  This went on and off for over a year.  By the end of the year she had an intriguing first draft and a tale of survival, life challenges, loss and rebuilding. There were still no plans to publish it but after her husband read the first draft he strongly encouraged her to get the book published.  At first it was thought that maybe she would just get it in book form for her children and grandchildren…something to leave to them. 

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