I live in a small Southwestern Pennsylvania community, Laurel Mountain Borough. It’s name is almost as long as its population count, 187!
In my current life, I am a writer. I began writing at Kensington High School in Buffalo, New York (I still have my press card),
However, my writing was an ancillary and supporting aspect of my “real” work (medical lab technician, human service worker—adoption, domestic violence, a craft business, and a family day care proprietor.
My major writing project is Intertwined Love, 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 land grants east of the Penobscot River in Maine.
In 2008 I completed a 48-page historical journal article for a New England Quarterly. Although someone else claimed the prize, I still won, because I now have a well-documented article on which to base the novel. I also have hopes of getting the article published, somewhere.
My second major project is a short paranormal fiction story for an anthology of near (or after) death experiences. It also includes real-life characters and situation. The setting is Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1673.
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 , Focus Magazine sections), and the Ligonier Echo. I am published in the Westmoreland County Historical Society magazine; Penned from the Heart, Vols. 9 & 10; Entourage; Farm Show; the Lincoln Highway Journal; Devo’zine; and Virtue Magazine.
In the spring of 2006 a friend, the Rev. Debbie Rogoski, and I began a writers group which later named itself the Beanery Writers (we meet at the Coffee Bean Café). Since Debbie relocated, I have been facilitating the group. The loose-knit group produces an annual print booklet and the Beanery Online Literary Magazine.
During my first year of working with blogs I managed Beanery Online Literary Magazine blog site. When the host site was sold, its new owner changed it so drastically that I felt it no longer met the needs for the magazine. However, that site ended its first year with 48,000 hits. An additional 7,000 hits was accrued at my personal writing site with the same host. The two blog sites held the top positions at the former host site, and since abandoning the host site, they have remained on the top ten list.
I then re-established these two sites, Carolyn’s Compositions and the Beanery Online Literary Magazine, with a new blog host, wordpress (www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com & www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com/ ). Readership again grew steadily and strongly.
In addition, I created a blog for my community, Laurel Mountain Borough (www.laurelmountainboro.wordpress.com ). Later I accepted an invitation to participate in the Ellsworth American newspaper blog in Hancock County, Maine.
CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS includes a comment competition, offering a prize to the person making the most comments in any single month (http://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/monthly-prize-for-comments/ ).
The Beanery Online Literary Magazine accepts post article submissions (through email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “SUBMISSIONS” in the subject line).
Readers of Intertwined Love posts are invited to critique any posts for their technical writing and historical accuracy by using the the comment box at the end of the posts or by e-mailing: (to clarify: certain the underscores and dot are included—they don’t show with the underlining wordpress puts under the e-mail address:
I must now return to writing Intertwined Love. Thank you for visiting its blogsite.