Monday, March 28, 2011

~Welcome Author Pauline Holyoak~

Author of:      "MERRYWEATHER LODGE"

Subtitle:         Ancient Revenge

Genre:           Suspense Thriller!profile.php?id=1645190729


I grew up in Southeast England, in a coal mining village my husband calls, 'The place that time forgot!' It is nested between the notorious city of Canterbury and the medieval town of Dover. I came to Canada as a nanny when I was twenty-one in search of adventure, and a new life. I live in Spruce, Alberta with my sports crazy husband, adorable dog, and cantankerous ginger cat.

As far back as I can remember, the pen and paper have been my faithful companions, and story telling my forte. As a child I would sneak away from a mundane adult world, find a private retreat, usually behind the garden shed, and imagine. There in my own little sanctuary, I'd conjure up all kinds of intriguing tales, and colorful characters. In my teen years, my journal became my confidence,  revealing all my hidden secrets, private fantasies and wild notions within its pages. Later I started to write poems, articles and short stories, and pondered the thought of becoming a writer.

When I immigrated to Canada, I buried my dreams under layers of real life clutter. I chose a safe and practical career in child care, married, and raised a family. But my creative spirit kept trying to dig its way out. I was asked to write articles and editorials for our local church. I taught a story time class at the school, which lead me to writing a children's book. I wrote an article about my husband's prestigious grandfather, and sent it to our local newspaper. They printed it. I kept sending them articles, they kept printing them. I was surprised at the compliments I received from the editor, and readers. It was evident to me then, that I had excavated my creative spirit. 

I decided to take a comprehensive writing course to improve my technique. With help from a proficient and supportive tutor, who told me I had a gift, I began to cultivate my skill. My articles started to sell, and I received an assignment from a major Canadian magazine. I have spent the past few years working on my novel MERRYWEATHER LODGE-Ancient Revenge, a trilogy, and two children's books. I have a diploma in creative writing, along with a certificate, complementing my creative skills. I have a boundless imagination, and a wealth of experience to draw from.

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