Lia Keyes grew up in London, where a large amount of her time at school was spent curled up on a green velvet window seat at the far end of the Gryphon Library in a mini-Hogwarts near the river Thames, reading everything she could get her hands on and not studying very much at all.
Many years, a marriage, two children, and a lot of international travel later, she now writes from a tiny cottage in rural Virginia, where the pastor still drops in for tea, her neighbors randomly leave fruit and vegetables on her porch, and the night sky is full of stars.
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Where do you write?
"In a little black shed in the garden, and I only allow myself to be in it when I'm actively writing. The minute I run out of things to write, I make myself leave the shed with a timer set for five minutes while I figure out what comes next. It gets so annoying to have to keep leaving that eventually I settle in and keep writing - even if I'm convinced it's rubbish. When I reread it later, it's never as bad as I thought, of course. The trick is to 'just' keep going!" - Lia Keyes