My name is Carolyn Cornell Holland. I live in a small Southwestern Pennsylvania community, Laurel Mountain Borough. The letters in it’s name are almost as large as its population count!
In my current life, I am a writer. Although I began writing at Kensington High School in Buffalo, New York, as my press card attests to ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3802227961/), my writing was only an ancillary and supporting aspect of my “real” work (medical lab technician, human service worker—adoption, domestic violence), craft business, and family day care proprietor.
Currently my writing focuses on a historical romance novel based on real-life characters unearthed through genealogical research. Its settings include Revolutionary France; Alexandria, Virginia; British Guiana, and the New England coast—particularly, Lamoine, Maine. Its time frame is 1785-1845. The historical background involves the Scioto (Ohio) Land Grant, a sub-grant of the Ohio Land Grant, and what became known as the Bingham land grant in Maine.
I never set out to write this story—it simply evolved, a complex world-wide plot involving major political figures of the story’s era.
In the spring of 2010 I created a this blog to be specifically related to the novel. It contains posts pertinent to the novel background, the novel characters, and the novel writing.
Additional posts relating to this work-in-progress are located at CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS (an online magazine found at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com ) in the categories HISTORIC NOVEL, 1790s BACKGROUND, 2008 NEW ENGLAND, and NEW ENGLAND.
My paid writing credits extend back to 1990. I’ve been a freelance photojournalist at the Greenville Record-Argus; the Meadville Tribune; the Greensburg Tribune-Review (the Fay-West, Ligonier-Latrobe and Focus Magazine sections); the Ligonier Echo and the Latrobe Bulletin.
I’m published in the Westmoreland County Historical Society magazine; Penned from the Heart, Vols. 9 & 10; Entourage; Farm Show; the Lincoln Highway Journal; Devo’zine; Loyalhanna Review, and Virtue Magazine.