I love reading! I love writing! I love words!
My favourite types of stories are ones with heart. A good plot is key, a page turner is great, words that make me stop and marvel are wonderful, but when it comes down to it a story that encourages me to assess some aspect of life and the human experience is a story that’s going to stay with me. I strive to create that experience for readers with every book I write!
In the early winter of 2014 I decided to pursue writing full time, since then, I’ve been working almost exclusively on this business of being an author. Some days it’s hard, some days it’s terrifying, and some days it’s one of the most rewarding jobs I can imagine!
No matter the day, I know I’m following my dreams!
When I’m not writing I love exploring the amazing coastline of my harbour town, dancing up a storm, and using my husband as a guinea pig for the nutritious, yummy recipes I create!
EVERY CHARACTER HAS A BACKSTORY … HERE’S MINE!
I’m the youngest of four children and the only girl. Living in a house full of boys taught me to fight for what I want and to always try to reach higher (you have to when everyone else in your family towers above you).
I’m Canadian. I grew up in Ontario, moved to New Brunswick when I was fifteen years old, and, after graduating high school, spent the next five years living and travelling in five provinces and five countries. Since then, I’ve added two more provinces to the list of places I’ve called home and explored seven more countries – I’m a bit of a nomad!
I’ve always been a huge reader and spent seven years in University reading, writing, and otherwise immersing myself in all things words.
After graduating with a BA and MA in English Literature as well as a Bachelor of Journalism and working in a job that didn’t have a whole lot to do with any of those studies, I realized what I really wanted to do was pursue a career that let me spend half of my working hours fulfilling my childhood dream of being a novelist. I started working on my own writing and Communications business and it went really well! After a few years of struggle I was making a decent income … only I didn’t have all that time to write my novels like I thought I would. Drat!
When my husband of only a few months was offered a job at the edge of our country I packed up our bags, finished out my contracts, and followed him with the resolution that I would spend the next year focusing primarily on the writing I most wanted to do.
Before all of this I had many jobs – camp counsellor, retail worker, babysitter, supply teacher, tutor, editor, ESL teacher, fitness instructor, workplace education facilitator, program manager, freelance writer, and journalist.
It’s been a winding path lead me where I am today, and each turn played a part in getting me to my current and favourite job. Can you guess what that is?
ABOUT THIS WRITING LIFE
Words are pivotal to life; communication is essential to our being. Even those moments where words seem lacking, where touch or feeling or thought reign king, we still fall back on words to express our experience.
Words help me understand the world, words have put food on my table, and words are what bring me joy!
This site is a testament to the power of words, of writing, and how they have shaped my life. You can find posts about how writing and a love of words influence my thought and experiences, read a story on the trek to work or while waiting in line, and discover links to the novels this writing life produces. You can also sign up for my mailing list and follow along as I shape my life around the written word.
When it comes to writing, my biggest passion is creating stories and helping others create and tell their own stories.
Stories are what help us make sense of our own lives, while providing a sometimes much needed reprieve from them. I want my stories to entertain, but I also want them to enrich and embolden – sometimes in unconventional ways.
I write in a few different genres but the thing that connects all of my stories is that, essentially, I’m writing life and life, of course, has it all – action, adventure, romance, thrills – there is no limit!
So, if you’re more interested in the creative side of things – be it tips to improve your own writing, info about my upcoming novels, or just plain stories of life – check out my blog!
On the other side of the spectrum …
I still haven’t said goodbye to the more practical (but no less important) side of writing. Charlene Carr Communications focuses on the business and professional development side of the spectrum as well as services for other creatives.
I provide services to develop business writing and communication skills, as well as manuscript assessments and copyediting services for creative works (novels, short stories, etc.)
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