We would like to invite patrons of the Lane Memorial Library to an author event on Monday, April 15th at 6:00 PM featuring our very own children's librarian Paulina Shadowens! She will be happy to sign copies of her book for new fans, but requests that you BYOB - bring your own book (available from Amazon.com).
Writing as Coventry Forbes, Paulina has at long last realized her dream of publishing a novel, and is looking forward to sharing the experience of how that came to be. We asked Paulina to take a moment and give a few thoughts on how this project grew and developed.
"In 2006 I was an underslept, overwhelmed library graduate student, taking four Master’s level courses while working four part-time jobs. At one of these, my boss—God bless her!--said I could do whatever I wanted in between assisting students. Since I yearned to take a vacation I could not afford financially or timewise, I decided to use these lulls to devise a “literary holiday” by writing a story located in one of my favorite places (England) and set in one of my favorite time periods (the early 1800s, when many of Jane Austen’s novels take place).
I knew I wanted to take the elements found in everything from Jane Eyre to modern-day bodice rippers—the impoverished, strong-willed governess, the wealthy, equally strong-willed master, and the mysterious manor that looms about them—and see if I could do something fun and fresh with such familiar tale-telling. Something I hoped would give its readers the same sense of delightful escape and discovery I enjoyed while writing it.
I dabbled at this novel over the years, but finally turned to it in earnest when my life once again was challenging on every level. Re-entering Edenfleet, with its long-held secrets and inhabitants I truly loved, gave me a renewed sense of purpose and drive—and laughter. In creating this imaginary world, it gave my own world the color and lift it sorely needed.
All my life I have wanted to be an author—and now, thanks to the encouragement of friends, the patience and technical skill of co-workers, and providential timing—I realize with wonder that this is at last a fulfilled dream.
And now for the sequel..."