Meet Christopher Keene
Growing up in the small town of Timaru, New Zealand, Christopher Keene was the first student from Mountainview High School to win the annual creative writing trophy two years in a row with his fantasy short stories. Having a mother who enjoyed painting and an accountant father, as well as a brother who also became an accountant, Christopher broke the trend of the males in his family by following his mother’s more artistic career path.
Moving to Christchurch to study a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, he won first place in the University of Canterbury Gazette creative writing competition. He stayed on at Canterbury to do Honors because of the creative writing course it provided, while also writing a blog to share his love of the fantasy and science fiction genres in novels, films, comics, games and anime. He recently received two honorable mentions in the Writers of the Future Competition under the pen name Hayley D. Woolf.
Christopher is dedicated to reading and writing fiction in the hope of publishing a popular fantasy or science fiction series that he can be proud to put on a shelf in his favorite book stores.
About Stuck in the Game
After a terrible car crash puts seventeen-year-old Noah Newbolt into a coma, he is hooked up to the innovative Dream Engine—a virtual reality helmet that immerses the player in an online fantasy game. The Dream Engine keeps Noah’s mind alive while the doctors work feverishly to heal his body, but dying in the game could send Noah back into a coma, forever.
While Noah learns how to survive in the competitive Dream Game, his girlfriend is slowly dying of injuries from the same crash. The doctors’ attempts to connect her to the game seem to have failed. Then Noah starts receiving mysterious notes which suggest that the last remnants of her consciousness are being held prisoner in the most dangerous part of the game.
In order to reach her, Noah aligns himself with a group of high-level players. They teach him all the tips and tricks of the game, but the better Noah gets the more the other players are threatened by him. Soon there is a bounty on his head. Can Noah stay alive long enough to save his girlfriend and escape the game?