Jean C. Keating


Jean C. Keating has been writing novels starring companion animals for five years. In 2004 she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Paw Prints Through the Years. This third and latest book by Keating has also been nominated for numerous other national and state awards including the Library of Virginia Literary Award, a National Book Award and Dog Writers� Association of America�s Maxwell Award for Best Dog Fiction.

          Keating�s second book, Pawprints on My Heart, was one of three finalists for Best Dog Fiction of 2001.

          Keating holds degrees in mathematics, physics, and information systems. Named Virginia�s Outstanding Young Woman of the Year in 1970 for her civic as well as professional efforts as an aerospace engineer with NASA, she authored more than 50 scientific and educational administrative reports during her years with NASA and subsequent service as head of research for Virginia�s Higher Education Council.

          She retired from government service in 1998, began writing fiction, and formed her own publishing company, Astra Publishers. Her first two books include a mystery set in Williamsburg and Richmond and a collection of short stories about animal companions. Her latest novel chronicles the loves and laughs of living with six generations of her dogs. The voice of the author alternates with whimsical holiday letters from the dogs in which they present their own versions of the human-animal bond.

          Keating�s short stories have been published in Pap Pourri, The Write Dog, RT Booknotes and four editions of Critique�s Choice. She is a regular contributor to Animal Antics for Chesapeake Style Magazine. The immediate past president of the Chesapeake Writers Group, Jean lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with two cats, an ever changing number of show Papillons and rescued dogs, and is busy with her fifth book, the sequel to her mystery entitled Beguiling Bundle: Death Takes Best of Breed.


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