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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Mythmakers (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Flightless (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Taxonomy of Things (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Keziah Weir is a literary fiction author and senior editor at Vanity Fair where she writes and edits pieces on culture.

She published “The Mythmakers” her debut novel in 2023, which went on to win the Editors’ Choice in the New York Times Book Review.

Weir’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, and Elle. You can also read some of her works in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Vol. 1 Brooklyn.
At some point, she was a “90 Days, 90 Reasons” managing editor.

Keziah is currently represented by Aevitas Creative Management’s Jen Marshall and Trellis Literary Management’s Michelle Brower.

Weir grew up in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, and in San Francisco, California.

After graduating from college, she got a job working for The Wylie Agency as a receptionist. This was a literary agency in New York a few hundred meters from Carnegie Hall.
A few days after she started, she had the honor of taking a call and answering questions from the Great Novelist Vladimir Nabokov himself.

Soon after, she left the literary agency and got a job at ELLE Magazine where she was an assistant. Early on, she was charged with administrative tasks, transcribing interviews for freelancers and senior staff, and helping with research needs.
It was there that she learned all there was to know about interviewing subjects, as she listened and wrote down conversations with seasoned journalists.

Before she published her novel, Keziah Weir had been trying to write a manuscript for a year and was trying out different things.

She had a general idea that her work was going to be about a relationship between an older woman and a younger woman. The lead was solidified from very early on, even though she does not have a solid date when this happened.
Things came to a head when she was invited by Paul La Farge, “one of her professors from Bard) to attend a reading at the New York Public Library. It was a conversation between Rivka Galchen and Karen Russell whose writings she loved.
At the reading, she felt so out of place as she did not know anybody and she was very young. But then a gentleman of about 70 started talking to her at the drinks table and was very charismatic and generous.
At some point, he told her that her life was only going to get better and they talked for a bit before he left.

When he was gone her professor came up to her and informed her that the man was none other than the screenwriter for “Blade Runner.”

As a twenty-two-year-old, it was a profound moment that she began writing the manuscript that would then become “The Mythmakers.”

Over several years, Keziah Weir woke up early in the morning and wrote a few pages before heading to work. She wrote and rewrote her manuscript believing that the perfect beginning was critical to the success of the entire story.
Ultimately, she penned the entire manuscript that had been growing in her head over several years.

Keziah penned a story about New York in the summer, creative failure, the Great Male Novelist, and a fear of running out of time. She also wrote about physics, relationship woes, and a commune in the woods.
After sending numerous queries to agents and the manuscript to editors, she finally published her novel in 2023.

Keziah Weir’s novel “The Mythmakers” tells the story of a woman named Sal Cannon whose life could not have been worse.

Her journalism career is at a low point ever since it came out that her profile of a playwright was riddled with inaccuracies, even as her relationship has gone to the dogs.
Close to rock bottom, she read a story by a much older author named Martin, whom she once met at a literary event.

When she realizes that the story she was reading was an excerpt from one of his unpublished novels, she reaches out to his editor only to be told that the author is dead.
Desperate to get away from the disaster that is her life, she heads out to find Moira who is Martin’s widow.

Moira does not want to be contacted by anyone about her husband but it is not long before Sal is slowly but surely inserting herself in the widow’s life.
As she sifts through the dead author’s papers and comes to a better knowledge of Moira, the question of the artist and the muse keeps coming up. It is even more poignant when she stumbles upon the story of Martin’s daughter.
The novel grapples with memory and perspective as well as the struggles between love and creative ambition.

“Flightless” by Keziah Weir was a story first published in the weekly literary journal “Day One,” which is dedicated to poetry and short fiction from emerging authors.

The lead is a Texan meteorologist named Marie, whose marriage is under a lot of stress following the arrival of the nineteen-year-old daughter of a friend named Jane. She believes that Jane is seducing her husband but will not take it lying down.
Marie follows her husband to a wildlife sanctuary in remote New Zealand where she hopes to reignite their relationship and discover the truth.

At times raw and aching but with sharp wit and comedy, it is a masterfully written story that explores the lengths a woman will go to reclaim her life in an ever-changing world.
It is a work that will grab your attention and hold it right to the very end.

“The Taxonomy of Things” is a story that was once published in the weekly literary journal “Day One.”

This is the story of Gordon Gold, a middle-aged entomologist who has always had a chaotic relationship with his mother. Her focus was more on her career rather than her kids and hence when she dies, he is left bitter and bereaved.
But she left him her books, which are her most prized possessions and he is surprised to find in the margins of the books some notes that show a very different woman from the one that raised him.

Unskilled and stoic at engaging emotionally, he struggles to change his perspective of his mother that he has been shutting out his long-suffering girlfriend, which leaves him even more isolated.

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