Author's Bio

Lia Keyes


Lia Keyes grew up in London and has been a wanderer all her life, both literally and metaphorically.

A large part of her school years 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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Represented by:

Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Graduate of:

University of the Arts, London

Yale Writers' Workshop

Favourite Place to Write:

Any library with a past, like the London Library, or university libraries. If I'm too far away to visit one, I find the ambient sounds of purpose and creation in Bodley's library a helpful substitute.

Why this book?

Good question. If I knew the answer to that, I would have finished it sooner.

Ask me again in a few years' time :). The best answer for now is that it's the one that has haunted me the most. I explore other ideas from time to time, by opening a folder on my desktop and seeing where things go, but the book I always return to like a dysfunctional relationship is A WARNING TO THE CURIOUS. Perhaps because the worldbuilding scope is endless. Perhaps because it's dark and delightful all at once.


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