This Land Divided
by Agent Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary
Prepublish Award for This
This Land Divided won
B. Lynn Goodwin's Writer Advice.com annual Scintillating Starts contest
for 2016. The first chapter begins with:
Isla Eidson had every reason to believe in herself
and every reason to know she didn’t. Why else would she be
in the old ’49 Buick convertible she shared with her mother as if she
were in hiding. Isla patted the steering wheel rhythmically out of
affection and nervousness. Old but cute. She didn't care that its
fenders were riveted with decay from the salt they used on Utah roads in
winter, that the color was rusted down to a washed matte-maroon that
practically camouflaged it against the foothills. Still she wished for
something else right now. Something less tank-like. Less
distinguishable. If she hadn’t put the top down, it would be easier to
hide out. She turned the radio off and sat in silence looking at her
grandparents’ house at the edge of Holladay, a small farming community
turning suburb at the edge of Salt Lake City. She felt exposed even with
shadows of giant lilac bushes and cottonwood trees shuttering the late
afternoon light. It was a simple task, one she often did. All she had to
do was walk across the lawn, open the door and deliver sheet music from
Eldridge Music Store to her grandmother, but she didn’t want to do it.
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first chapter on the Writer Advice archives at:
The vintage photograph is of
the author's grandmother who inspired the fiery red-haired grandmother
in This Land Divided and whose piano and music inform the novel
For Carolyn's personal essay
"Beating Time at Its Own Game."
It includes the path taken through denial and cancer to
This Is the Place.
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Carolyn's Short Stories.
Genealogists abound in Utah. I urge fellow lovers of family
history everywhere to follow their leads; in fact, go one step
farther than most of them do. Turn that history into a
biography, a memoir, or fictionalize it -- just as I did
Is the Place and
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Later, in New York, she was an editorial assistant at
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She also handled accounts for fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert who
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releases (then called press releases) for celebrity designers of the
day including Christian Dior, and produced photo shoots for
She also worked as columnist, reviewer, and staff writer for
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dozens of TV and radio shows.
She learned marketing skills both in college (University of Utah,
and University of Southern California) and as founder and operator
of a chain of retail stores. That molded her understanding of how
authors might best partner with retailers to affect both of their
Carolyn’s experience in journalism and as a poet and author of
fiction and nonfiction helped the multi award-winning author
understand how different genres can be marketed more effectively.
She was an instructor for UCLA Extension’s renowned Writers’ Program
for nearly a decade and earned a certificate from that same school’s
Instructor Development Program (2005). She also studied writing at
Cambridge University, United Kingdom; Herzen University in St.
Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University in Prague.
She turned her knowledge toward helping other writers with her
HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. Her marketing
campaign for the second book in that series,
The Frugal Editor
won the Next Generation Indie Best Book Award. She also
has a multi award-winning series of HowToDoItFrugally books for
Howard-Johnson was honored as Woman of the Year in Arts and
Entertainment by California Legislature members Carol Liu, Dario
Frommer, and Jack Scott. She received her community’s Character and
Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing and
the Diamond Award in Arts and Culture from her community's Library
and Arts and Culture Commission. She was named to
Pasadena Weekly’s list of fourteen women of “San Gabriel
Valley women who make life happen” and Delta Gamma, a national
fraternity of women, honored her with their Oxford Award.
Carolyn is an actor who has appeared in ads for Apple, Lenscrafters,
Time-Life CDs, Blue Shield, and Disney Cruises (Japan) and is a
popular presenter at tradeshows (retail and writing) and writers’
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Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008)
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Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor
New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor
Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award
Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.
A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military
Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010
Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010.
MWSA also gave a nod to
She Wore Emerald Then,
a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.
Named #! on Top Ten
Editing Books list.
New Generation Book Awards 2012,
The Frugal Book
Promoter; Finalist 2010
The Frugal Editor;
Winner 2010 Marketing Campaign for the Frugal Editor
The Oxford Award
alumna who exemplifies the Delta Gamma precept of
service to her community and who, through the years,
devotes her talents to improve the quality of life
Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for
Los Angeles Book Festival 2012
Winner Diamond Award
for Achievement in the Arts
California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of
And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry.
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Selection of Carolyn's Past
2008, 09, 10, 11
Panel moderator, 2007
National Span College
Fellows presenter, 2007,
Co-sponsor and presenter,
2007, 08, 09, 10, 11
University of Dayton Erma
Bombeck Writers' Conference, 2006, 2008
Sisters in Crime,
Los Angeles Valley College Campus 2012, Rancho
Valley College Spring 2014
Wisconsin Regional Writers Association
Presenter, Keynote 2010
Three Panels 2013
Seminar Speaker, 2014
Keynote, 2013; 2014
Secrets of Great
Digging Up Memories and Bringing the Dead Back to
Judith Briles' Extravaganza,
Denver, CO, 2016