Brian Keaney - Editor
In a career spanning more than thirty years Brian has written nineteen children’s novels for a variety of age ranges.
Published in the UK by OUP, Barrington Stoke, Heinemann, Orchard and Hachette Children’s Books, his books have been translated into twenty foreign languages and sold all over the world. His fantasy trilogy The Promises of Dr Sigmundus was acquired by Random House in the USA for a six figure sum and film rights have recently been optioned by Goodcountry Pictures.
His first book for adults, The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire, a historical novel set in the early nineteenth century, was published by Holland House in 2016. For a number of years Brian worked in theatre. His plays for young people, performed widely in the UK and Europe, were published by Stanley Thornes Ltd. He has also written over thirty educational books. He taught Creative Writing on the summer programme of Pembroke & Kings Colleges Cambridge. He has been Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the London College of Fashion and Goldsmith’s College London.
WHY WE LOVE BRIAN
I do this because I believe I can help. Simple as that. I’ve spent a huge part of my life either writing or thinking about writing. I’ve seen how some writers develop their voice effectively while others get bogged down. Often, it can be small things that make the difference, technical fixes that aren’t obvious to the person lost in the forest of words. Sometimes all it takes is encouragement.
It seems to me that the path a writer treads is invisible. Each step only becomes visible when you place your foot on it. So you find yourself hesitating sometimes, uncertain of the ground before you. I’ve travelled that path for more than thirty years. I know the potholes. I understand what t takes to produce a manuscript and how much it can hurt to have it torn to shreds. So I try not to do that. But I don’t flatter, either. I’m a guide, not a judge.
WHAT BRIAN SAYS ABOUT EDITING
Brian is a children’s fiction specialist and has worked with us for a long, long time. And hopefully a long time yet to come!
What Brian works on
Genres Brian specialises in
Brian's published books
The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire
A visitor calls with a gift and a message from the past in this literary, historical novel. In 1802 Thomas de Quincey, a young man from a comfortable middle-class background who would go on to become one of the most celebrated writers of his day, collapsed on Oxford Street and was discovered by a teenage prostitute who brought him back to her room and nursed him to health. It was the beginning of a relationship that would introduce Thomas to a world just below the surface of London’s polite society, where pleasure was a tradeable commodity and opium could seem the only relief from poverty. Yet it is also a world where love might blossom, and goodness survive. The lives of a street girl, an aspiring writer, and a freed slave cross and re-cross the slums of London in this novel about the birth of passion, the burden of addiction, and the consolations of literature.
The Magical Detectives and the Forbidden Spell
Fresh from their weird, wonderful but highly dangerous adventure in Qullipoth, Otto, Juliet and Cornelius are now a part of The Magical Detective Agency – along with the curious, lemon-sherbet eating Maximilian Hawksmoor. But they are about to embark on a much more risky journey – to the very heart of magic. The future is in their hands…
The Private Life of Georgia Brown
The book starts off as a normal beginning of school day, a classic start to any teenage book though through out the book we find that we delve deeper into the memories and feelings of this distressed teenager. It is the start of the new term at her school and there is a mysterious new girl named Stephanie who proceeds to make friends with Georgia’s best friend Jenny and steel her off Georgia in a way that she simply could not be blamed for. Back at home Georgia lives with her musical Dad (Tom) who after splitting up with Georgia’s Mum (Alison) has resorted to drinking as a comforter and they are both desperately short of money. These two situations, combined together, create consequences that land Georgia in deep trouble.