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Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, author Carole ‘Ife’ Keene obtained her formative education in Brevard, North Carolina, and then in Camden, New Jersey, where she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School before attending and graduating from Howard University in Washington, DC. On her second day at Howard, she met William ‘Damani’ Keene. They were college sweethearts throughout their entire time at Howard and were married at the end of their senior year. Now enjoying 46 years of a happy marriage, their motto is: “Never stop honeymooning!”
Upon receiving her Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from Howard, Ife decided to make a drastic career change to the data processing field (now called information systems), a field dominated by men in the seventies. She attended a computer programming training program, where she graduated #2 in her class. As a result, she was offered a position as a Computer Programmer with the Space Division of General Electric (GE), where she was employed for almost two years.
After leaving GE, Ife spent an additional 24 years in the information systems field. Her achievements were recognized by repeated promotions to progressively responsible positions in her field, including Director of Business Development and Senior Vice President. She ultimately became the co-owner and Executive Vice President of a minority- and woman-owned and operated consulting firm – Quality Solutions, Inc.
Ife’s most recent and rewarding accomplishments are writing and publishing this, her second novel, All of a Sudden It’s Too Late. Her first was Cancer of the Spirit. In November of 2006, Ife conceived and hosted a very successful first-of-its kind international women’s retreat in the Republic of Panama. The retreat was an outgrowth of Cancer of the Spirit. Over 80 of the 125 attendees traveled from the US to attend the retreat.
Ife has also created a companion audio album to Cancer of the Spirit. The album, entitled Heart Dreams (which has not been released), consists of eleven songs, ten of which she wrote to address the challenge(s) that each of the ten characters (all women) faced in Cancer of the Spirit. The eleventh song, Good Bye, was written by her twelve-year old granddaughter, Nandi. She wrote Good Bye when she was only eight.
Additionally, Ife is pursuing the idea of transforming Cancer of the Spirit into a play.
Ife and Damani are the proud parents of three children, Khalid V. Keene, Dr. Kweli K. Carson and Malik I. Keene. They are also the delighted grandparents of Nandi Anika Carson and Khalid Valentine Keene, II.