Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the four hundred and eleventh, is of novelist and autobiographer Christine Anne Cole. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Christine Anne Cole’s working life as a librarian spanned all parts of the profession. It was in the media where she learned to manage staff and multi-media resources for customers researching under the discipline of “deadline” as well as hone her writing skills, alongside from journalist friends.
A graduate of the University of Kent, Canterbury UK, she worked in old-established provincial newspapers as well as BBC television, joining the profession at a time of technological change. She helped co-found a new professional association to deal with the digital issues of the day, advised by the distinguished News Librarian and Alumna from America, Barbara Semonche, who visited Christine at her news library in Northampton, UK.
Christine’s later appointment as Information Manager (Italy) for the British Council based in Rome in the nineties meant arranging conferences and “outreach” in different parts of Italy, supervising the Council’s four traditional English language lending libraries, organising trade fairs for British firms, as well as managing the British Library’s Document Supply Agency to its many Italian customers.
Throughout her career Christine published articles in newspapers and magazines as a freelance writer. In fact, she has been scribbling and writing stories all her life and loves the research behind a character, especially within an historical background. She especially likes writing fiction for women, featuring on their emotional and professional lives. She enjoys travel and has lived in Egypt, Germany, Italy and France. She recently enjoyed a brief stay with the Ngadjerri people of South Australia.
Christine is now retired and lives in a Northamptonshire village in England. She has two daughters both engaged in their own professions and five grandchildren spread between England and Australia.
And now from the author herself:
I have self-published two books, the culmination of many years of leisure-time writing of fiction as well as freelance articles. My lifetime enjoyment of reading has finally borne fruit!
One of the books is called “Teeny”, a memoir of my own childhood on a Suffolk farm during the Second World War, written for my granddaughter Lucy, then five and off to live in Australia. It is couched in simple language to encourage Lucy to learn to read in her Australian “Kindie” class and narrates daily incidents in the life of Teeny. The book has been read aloud to class by teachers, both to Lucy’s class in Australia and to Rachel’s class in England! My oldest granddaughter Heather has just qualified as an infant teacher and may well use Teeny for her class too!.
My debut novel, “A Small Eternity”, takes the characters from the ever-popular 1945 film “Brief Encounter” and moves them forward to a time when there are more opportunities for women so that the main character, Laura, can no longer confess lightly: “I never could tell my left hand from my right hand!” My Laura becomes an educated, professional woman, pursuing a career while still weighed down with regrets of the past. Can she find personal happiness in love?
I enjoy research, a product of my career, and especially so when I can set the plot of the novel against real historical incidents. I am currently working on a novel of a French woman whose membership of the French resistance propelled her to live in Britain where she eventually takes an English husband and settles in her new country. Over the years, I have written several short stories, as well as published articles in national and local magazines. While living in France, I undertook a correspondence course in writing but never finished it. On my return to UK when I retired, I set myself the task of publishing those pieces I had completed. I have not entered any competitions for writing – maybe one day I will do so!! I keep giving myself the same message about marketing my books!
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