Biography

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Fay Keenan was born in Surrey  and  raised in Hampshire, before moving to the West Country during the grumpy stage of her adolescence. After studying English and Politics at the University of York (along with an informal qualification in wildfowl spotting and the avoidance of goose poo), she worked in Manchester, Exeter, and finally settled back in the West.

Fay has been writing since she could pick up a pen, and has had several articles published in education magazines, including the English and Media Centre’s Media MagazineThe Little Somerby series is her first foray into novel length fiction, although she has written stories of many flavours over the years, including fanfiction. The Second Chance Tea Shop is the first book in the series.

When Fay is not chasing her children around or writing, she teaches English  at a secondary school in the West Country.  She lives with her husband, two daughters, a cat, two chickens and a Weimaraner called Bertie in  a village in Somerset, which may or may not have provided the inspiration for Little Somerby.

3 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Hello Fay, Thank you for the like and the follow, I’m very happy to return the favour and your site is just lovely! Funnily enough, you have happened to ‘cast’ an actor whom I’ve also ‘cast’ in one of my books (your Jonathan Carter). Look forward to reading more x

    • Hi Helen,
      Thanks so much for the comment and the like and follow, too :). I found you via the W&A website’s email, and I’m really glad I did as it sounds like we’re on a similar writing journey :). I can’t resist ‘casting’ my characters in my head – I’m constantly looking for the images in my mind in the actors I see, and the ones I’ve posted pictures of are the closest approximations :). Was it Simon Baker or Simon Woods you had in mind for your character? I can’t decide which one’s more ‘Jonathan’! And what made you decide about him as one of yours? :). x

      • It was Simon Woods 🙂 I needed a handsome redhead, and he fit the bill perfectly! I’m the same, I have a sheet with photos of actors for all my characters – I just haven’t had the guts to share it yet, other than with a couple of my beta readers. Maybe when the books are published 🙂 I’m so glad you found me via W&A – I think we are on a similar journey – can’t wait to hear more about yours x

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