Keith Madsen is a writer and minister who has served churches in Kansas, Washington, Oregon and New Jersey. Since December of 2015 he has been retired and working more exclusively on writing and promoting his writing.
In his pastoral capacity he has counseled many families who have lost children and teenagers, a central part of the story in his work of mainstream fiction, Searching for Eden. He has also had an intense personal interest not only in the biblical stories about human origins, but also in historical and archaeological research into that subject. He has long thought that had he not become a minister, he would have liked to have become an archaeologist.
Keith also has taken four trips to Haiti to help build an elementary school there, experiences which have contributed to the writing of his novel, The Sons and Daughters of Toussaint.
Keith has had a love of writing all of his life. He has used his writing talents in a variety of ways, including writing fiction, and writing plays for use in church and community theater. He has also done some acting himself, having particularly enjoyed playing the roles of Jack (C.S.) Lewis in Shadowlands, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, and Porfiry in Crime and Punishment. This background in drama has helped him both with character development and his dramatic touch in writing novels. Keith finds that being part of characters come alive is one of his greatest life pleasures.
Keith's non-fiction writing has included writing the military memoires of family members, including one with his father (Standing Colors, Outskirts Press), and one he wrote with his uncle Ron, Going Through the Fire: Memoires of a Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam.
Keith lives in East Wenatchee, Washington with his wife Cathy (pictured with Keith). Together they have four adult daughters (Jennifer, Angela, Carina and Kayla), an adult son (Brandon), and ten grandchildren.