Keith Channing

Writer, Photographer, and Webmaster in Saint-Maigner, France

Keith Channing

Writer, Photographer, and Webmaster in Saint-Maigner, France

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After a career that included two decades in the insurance business followed by two decades in IT, I was made redundant towards the end of 2005. At the tender age of 56, I took early retirement. We sold up and moved to France. The change from insurance to IT had evolved over a period of eight years, during which I worked with a construction company; a job that saw me spend five years in Dubai, two years in Tanzania and six months in Nigeria. The time in Dubai gave opportunities for holidays in much of the Middle- and Far-East, opportunities that weren't wasted. Dubai and, perhaps to a greater extent, Tanzania, had an enormous effect on shaping my world view and my way of looking at life.

Although I have been blogging since 2006, the writing bug didn't really hit me until after I took a TESOL course with Global English and a proofreading course with the Writers Bureau - both exercises in learning for its own sake. I followed them with a creative writing (novel & short story) course and started writing fiction for the first time in more than fifty years.

Now? I am retired and living in a rural location in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, along with my wife Clare and our two dogs, where I mostly make up and write lies (although the odd bit of truth creeps in sometimes) for pleasure, and for publication on my blog at keithkreates.com (simulcast at keithkreates2.blogspot.co.uk). Most of what I write is prose, although I produce the odd rhyme and probably more limericks than is decent.

I also have one short novels (novella?) published electronically and others under revision, and I take the odd photograph here and there.

I'm not driven by the quest for money or recognition. I just enjoy writing and sharing my output with anyone who wants to read it.

I have no religious affiliation myself, but I will always respect anyone's sincerely held and practised religious belief, as long as they don't disrespect my position, or anyone else's beliefs. Deal?

Oh yes. INFJ-T.

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