A new chapter: Lincoln graduate takes the states by storm

Five years ago, University of Lincoln graduate Amy Keen (Journalism and International Relations, 2005) decided to put pen to paper in pursuit of her childhood dream to become an author.

Now, she is working on the final book in her trilogy of Twilight-style novels, and with the books becoming progressively more popular across the pond, Amy is ready to take the States by storm. 

The supernatural fiction trilogy, named “Foresight”, follows Scarlett, an 18-year-old girl who is thrown into the world of the paranormal when she moves with her mother to Massachusetts, the home of the notorious Salem Witch Trials of the 1600's.

  Amy Keen

Despite the differences in location, Scarlett’s move to a new city possesses similar elements to the journey Amy embarked on when started her new life in Lincoln.

“I guess Scarlett has a lot of me within her character, as writing from experience is certainly easier than writing something of which you have no prior knowledge,” said Amy, 30.

“Her nerves and anticipation about starting life in a new city were from my experience; as I had never lived away from home before moving to Lincoln.”

Despite the initial butterflies, Amy soon settled into student life, learning to live independently, honing her writing skills and making lifelong memories.

“The best parts of my course were the hands-on journalism opportunities. Many of these were self-secured, but the course and my tutors nurtured that confidence to go and seek out the experiences.”

Amy even managed to secure work experience at newspaper The Mirror, after basing an assignment on journalist and television host, Piers Morgan, as part of her Investigative Journalism module.

“I took a chance and boldly asked for work experience and he emailed me back and said yes!”

She now combines her novel writing with her role at Harrogate-based PR firm, Extreme Creations Ltd.

The final addition to the Foresight series, Phoenix, is expected to be published in November. The first two books in the saga, Embers and Ashes, can be purchased here. 

 

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Story credits: Isabel Laycock 

November 2014

 

 

 

 

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