Hi! I'm Carol Pouliot.
(French pronunciation - the "t" is silent.)
I've always loved books and learning. I can still picture the library my family went to when I was little. I remember my excitement picking out books. Now, the bookshelves lining the walls of my house are stuffed to over-flowing - mysteries, political thrillers, time-travel, ancient Egypt, French literature, biographies of British kings and queens, and favorites from my childhood. I guess it was inevitable I'd want to write.
I fell in love with France and all things French at age 11. Throughout high school, I dreamed of getting my passport, packing my suitcase, and going to Paris. I graduated from SUNY Oswego with a BA in French and Spanish and got my MA in French at Stony Brook University. Then, I headed to France for my first teaching job.
After returning home to Upstate New York, I taught French and Spanish for over 30 years. I also started my own business - an agency that provided translations in over 24 languages.
I've always felt very much a part of the world and at home everywhere I've ever been - 5 continents so far. I did volunteer work for a couple of international organizations. I loved getting to know people from all over the world. A friend from Kenya taught me some Swahili; a woman from Japan showed me how to make her mother's favorite chicken recipe; a friend from Panama taught me to salsa. All these wonderful experiences have enriched my life beyond measure.
I currently live on several acres of woods in the lake-effect zone. This means I get about 10 feet of snow every year thanks to the strong winds off Lake Ontario. I enjoy seeing the deer, chipmunks, and foxes. I also love watching the birds at my kitchen-window feeders - over 25 different kinds at the latest count.
A Few Favorites . . .
Mystery authors: Deborah Crombie, Martha Grimes, Agatha Christie
TV shows: The Americans, Madame Secretary, PBS Mystery!, Major Crimes
Movies: Enchanted April, All the President’s Men, Peggy Sue Got Married
Cartoons: Inspector Gadget, The Jetsons
Music: Def Leppard, Cher, Santana, Adele
Artists: Maurice Utrillo, Maxfield Parrish, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Painting: “Paris Street, Rainy Day” by Gustave Caillebotte
Town in France: Eze
Area in the UK: Cornwall
Writing weather: Rain, snow storms
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