I’m a ‘late bloomer,’ having gone to college in my thirties to prove to my mother that I could, but also because I was an out of work single mother with no marketable skills. I worked as a stitcher in a clothing factory to support my two children while I attended and graduated from Plymouth State College at the age of 42. I have a B.A. degree in Anthropology/ Sociology, with a minor in English. With two young children to raise on my own, I put off writing and had several ‘real jobs’. My writing credits include publishing and editing a monthly newsletter for the I-93 White Mountain Chamber of Commerce, where I was CEO for three years and for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, where I spent seven years as Membership and Communications Director. I have lived in Dover, NH for the past 22 years with my Israeli husband and two cats. Thanks to the pandemic, I have completed three novels. I write under the pen name of Carol Estella Brown, which, as I only discovered recently, was my father’s real birth name and should’ve been mine. Now retired and a grandmother of three lovely grown girls, and nearing eighty years of age, I’ve decided to put to pen all those years of experience, much to the delight of my younger husband, who feels that I could, maybe, let him retire one day soon, especially since our two cats won’t work.