About me

I was born in Liverpool in 1945, and have lived in my current house, in Lancashire, for the past 40 years. Happily married for 51 years, I spend my time with the people I love, doing the things I love. My husband calls me a butterfly because I flit from one hobby to another. Apart from being a wife for 51 years, mother, and grandmother, I’m also an author, genealogist, amateur artist, a lover of most needle-crafts, and occasional poet.  Of the above, my most enduring interest has been writing and I hope to be doing it well into old age. Oops! at over seventy, I guess I’m already well into old age.

I started writing many years ago. In 1985, I produced several short stories, a series of children’s books, and the rough draft of “Tissue of Lies.” which would become my first eBook on Kindle. Between 1985 and 1989, I also encouraged my elderly mother to write her life story while I started on my biography. Owing to my commitment of caring for my elderly parents, I didn’t take my writing too seriously until after they both passed away in 2012.

I self published ‘Tissue of Lies’ in June 2013 and have since designed a new cover for it to coincide with the launch of my co-authored thriller/suspense book ‘Your Last Breath’. My writing partner for this second book is Doug Lafuze. We published this dark serial killer fiction in December 2015. Both of these books will be available in paperback by the middle of August 2017.

I also recently published the Kindle version of my mother’s memoirs ‘The Road From Wigan Pier’. The paperback version of this will also be out in the middle of August. It will be of interest to family historians looking in the Lancashire areas of Liverpool, Pemberton, Winstanley, and Wigan, but it does also mention some events in Manchester, Cambridge, Dunwich, and Talacre, in North Wales.

I am currently working on a third mystery thriller, and also some short stories. Please follow me for more updates.

204 Responses to About me

  1. Hi Carole. Thanks for following my blog. Your artwork and photographs are beautiful. I’m looking forward to reading some of your short stories. 🙂

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  2. neelkanth says:

    HIGHLY IMPRESSIVE A PROFILE.
    My thanks for following my blog, I too am following yours with immediate effect. Looking forward to working together with a commitment.

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  3. Elisa Evans says:

    Hi Carole, thanks for being my first follower! I’m still working on the content of my blog which only sprung into life this week. I’m really looking forward to writing more and sharing my work with like minded people.

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  4. Hello Carole. Thank you for the follow on my blog The Reluctant Retiree. I hope you enjoy the upcoming articles and stories. Having a quick look around your site I suspect we will have some common areas of interest, particularly those centering on identity and ancestry. Being on the road at the moment means I cannot focus as much as usual on blogging, both writing and following – but I will do my best! I would like to say though, that I read many of your responses to comments and am very impressed with your consideration and thoughtfulness.

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    • caroleparkes says:

      I’m sure I will enjoy your posts Gwendoline, and thank you for your gracious comment about my responses. My view is, if you can’t say anything positive in your reply, then say as little as possible. Some comments are very short, and it is those I find most difficult to answer apart from “thank you”.

      I hope you find more time for your blog soon.

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  5. ginnawings says:

    Dear Carole, Thanks for the follow. It seems we have a lot in common. Hope to keep in touch, I wish you all the best!
    Sparkles & Embracements, Gina

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  6. Su Leslie says:

    Thanks for visiting and following ZimmerBitch; much appreciated 🙂

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  7. Ruta says:

    Hello, Carole! I just read your short stories and I like how you manage to end each of them with an unexpected conclusion.
    I want to say thank you for the follow. It was nice to have a chance to check out your blog 🙂

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  8. Su Leslie says:

    Hi Carole. Thanks for following Shaking the Tree, and introducing me to your blog 🙂

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  9. gpcox says:

    A sincere pleasure to meet you.

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  10. Jk says:

    I just read ‘The Stranger’ and I love it – it has great imagery in so few words. Short and sweet! Thank you for visiting my blog, I appreciate it very much. Keep up the great work!

    Jk 🙂

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  11. Hey Carole, thank you for the follow 🙂 I really appreciate that you use the so called ‘new media’! My mother is roughly the same age as you and even struggles to open Firefox.
    Writing and publishing a book can be quite painful but I hope don’t give up! 🙂

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    • caroleparkes says:

      It is a struggle for some people. I suppose I’m lucky. We bought one of the first PC’s, for our three sons, when they came out. It was an Amstrad. I think it was called Amstrad 64 because it only had 64 bits of memory. It sounds ridiculous now, doesn’t it? I learned on that one when the boys where in school.

      My next one was 500mb. My son’s firm were replacing their computers, and they gave their staff the old ones. As he already had one, he gave it to me.

      The third one, I built myself. My eldest son helped me choose the components: motherboard, graphics card, sound card, hard drive and CPU. The motherboard came with compatibility and assembly instructions, so it wasn’t as difficult as it sounds. Nevertheless, once I’d assembed it, I was pleasantly surprised it worked. My son had all the software programs, and so he installed the software. I wouldn’t know how to do that, as I’m not as expert in computer basic language. How do you tell the PC what to do before you install an operating system? The next two I bought ready made. So you see, I’ve moved along with technology as best as I can.

      Not everyone is interested in technology, just like every other sphere of life, and you have to allow for that. Please don’t be too hard on your mother, she probably blooms in other ways. 🙂

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      • I’m not hard on my mother, please don’t worry about that 🙂 The reason why I mentioned her is because she’s the contrary when it comes to PCs. She doesn’t want to work with them and she doesn’t have to because my sister and I help her out. 😉

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      • Marie Abanga says:

        Hey Carole, my boyfriend, a Linux Consultant, would be very proud to chat with you. Am still so daunting, well trying much more that I live in an IT house. 🙂 Thanks for the follow, I have marked Tissues of Lies for my next winter collection of Must reads 🙂

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        • caroleparkes says:

          With technology, I think you just have to play around a bit with gadgets, see what they do, and take it from there. Building the PC wasn’t difficult, as the instructions on the motherboard were perfectly clear. You seem to be doing well here on WordPress. I see you are a powerful, articulate, educated, and truthful woman. God luck with your book and your writing.

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  12. caroleparkes says:

    Thank you for your kind comment about by blog. Keep up the good work, authors always need reviewers.

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  13. debb323 says:

    Great blog! Thank you for visiting and following mine 🙂

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  14. Joyce says:

    Thank you for recently visiting my blog. I have started looking through yours, and like the fact that we have a few things in common (near the same age – I’m 67, born in 47), love genealogy also with having about 30 yrs. of research and history done on my paternal grandfather and family from Odessa, Russia and also the fact that you enjoy writing short stories as well. The best to you with your writing and genealogy. I can relate to the ‘brick walls’. I guess that is why we as family historians and amateaur genealogists keep going and don’t give if we are really fanatical at finding the missing pieces to our long lost ancestors. 🙂 I have used my own research and family to do the story of 26 chapters now posted of, The Informant’s Agenda so has become like a family member to me in its own right. 🙂

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    • It’s lovely to meet someone of a similar age, and with the same interests as me. You have an interesting blog, and I was delighted to know you also have a Russian ancestor, as does my husband. We know very little about this Russian ancestor apart from his name and his father’s name, gleaned from his marriage record. One day, we hope to find out more.

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    • You have some amazing poems on your site. I wanted to ‘like’ but there is no ‘like’ button. 😦

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      • Joyce says:

        Thank you, Carole for the ‘likes’ anyway. I did not know my ‘like’ button was not working on those pages. I am going to go check that out for sure, because the like button should be working on all my posts and pages. Thanks for letting me know. Thanks for the positive comments too and for reading them.

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  15. Judy Amy says:

    Thanks for the follow! It is very much appreciated. I am glad you found me because it let me find you! Cheers!

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  16. Hi Carole,

    You are a wonderful inspiration for writers!

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  17. smsanders33 says:

    Good evening Carole, thanks for visiting and following The Vision of Poets blog. I just spent quite some time absorbing your writings and have experienced a very enjoyable time. Thank you for sharing your enlightenments with us.
    Have a beautiful evening.
    Michael

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  18. Thank you for following “A Way With Words.” My joy in writing is made more complete when people read what I’ve written and even more as they respond.

    I write mainly on faith and mental illness, though am known to dabble in other subjects, stories, and even the occasional poem. If you have any requests, please contact me.

    I appreciate what you have going here on your blog. May you be blessed in your life and writing, as you bless others.

    Gratefully,
    Tony

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  19. marlainagray says:

    Hello, and thanks for the follow!

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  20. Your writings are so awesome wave, mate. Really rad. Thanks for following our website, wallryder.com, just awhile ago. I’ll follow you in return. Somewhat similar writing styles.

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  21. ginachoward says:

    Thanks for following, Carole. I hope that you enjoy my posts. I have done a little cross stitch and have made a cathedral window-designed pillow like the one you picture, but I have no talent whatsoever in painting and envy your versatility in the arts.

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    • I enjoyed the posts I just read on your website, and I understand the agony of deleting most of what you’ve written about a character. You were wise to cut and paste it elsewhere, rather than delete.

      That cathedral window piece was the only one I’ve tried. I think I just wanted to see how it was done. Once I know how it works I tend to move on to something else.

      Regarding painting, I didn’t know I could produce reasonable pictures until I tried. Although I’ve painted over thirty of them in the last few years, I still see something wrong in every one of them. Room to improve, ha ha.

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  22. Thanks for the follow. I look forward to exploring your site and hope that you enjoy mine.

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  23. RaiBal says:

    Thank you for the follow 😀

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  24. Somewhere North Of Yesterday says:

    Hey Carole,

    Thought I’d stop by after you followed my new blog just now and return the favour. Really looking forward to reading your future posts!

    Josh 🙂

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  25. lellybeans says:

    Really interesting site. Keep up the good work!

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  26. gertloveday says:

    Thanks for the follow. We’ll be back regularly to check out your site.

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  27. helenj0303 says:

    Hi Carole, Thank you for following my blog – I hope I don’t look like a criminal! I’m enjoying reading yours as well, look forward to doing so again in the future x

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  28. Rach says:

    Thank you for following my blog Litanies and Late Night Snacks, Carole. If you read my “About Me” page, you will see that I have extensive training in writing. I have dipped my hands in a couple of different online publication pots here and there, too, so we may have some things in common. I will absolutely make it a point to check out your new book, and I look forward to reading your posts.

    XO.

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  29. writingsprint says:

    Thank you for the follow! One day I hope to have the guts to write poetry as well 🙂 .

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    • Oh! You are so perceptive. You might think it takes guts to write poetry, especially the rubbish poetry I’ve written, ha ha. It’s not guts, it’s a ‘what the hell’ attitude. It might come with age, I’m not sure about that. What does other people’s opinion of your ‘poetry’ matter? If you want to write it, just do it. You just might surprise yourself, and others too. 🙂

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  30. widow101 says:

    Thank you for the follow. Looking forward to reading more of your work.

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  31. Just came to see WHO you are! You have lived a full life…and much more to live! Three sons! I have three daughters! Thank you for stopping by my blog…I am going to explore more of yours. Much success to you in your writing!

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    • Thank you. Your blog is incredible; it opened my blinkered eyes wide. There are so many injustices in this world to put right but I see you have a fighting spirit, so we do have a chance.

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  32. Thanks for following my blog. Your artwork and needlework are beautiful.

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  33. Thanks, Carole, for following my blog. I will be back soon to tour yours. 🙂

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  34. bkpyett says:

    Carole, love your site and look forward to seeing more of your work. Thanks for following mine too!

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  35. FreeterDream says:

    Thanks for dropping by! I looked at your blog, what an awesome blog you have, I shall learn a thing or two or more from here! Cheers.

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    • Thank you for the kind words about my blog. It’s wonderful to see so many interesting bloggers here on wordpress. We never stop learning do we? We can all benefit from learning from each other. Hope you’re having a great week. 🙂

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  36. marianbeaman says:

    Thank you for the “follow” Carole. I read your brief bio with interest and have discovered there are similarities – long marriages, lived in one house for a long time. I see also we both had a cross-stitch phase. You may want to read about my early sewing experiences on this blog post: http://plainandfancygirl.com/2013/05/04/secrets-of-the-ra-ra-sewinghood/

    I admire your writing history and the fact you are also an artist, like my husband. Yes, I would say “butterfly” is a good description for your interests.

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  37. Thank you. I really enjoyed your Chastity poem.

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  38. Very interesting bio. I will check out your book. Best wishes.

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  39. Thank you for the follow. Nice place you have here.

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  40. sandradan1 says:

    Hi Carole, thanks for finding and following my blog! SD

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  41. coastalcrone says:

    Thank you for choosing to follow my humble blog! I will enjoy exploring yours!

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    • I loved your story about the aprons, especially the sexy one, ha ha. Interestingly, I am reading a book about texas life. The 20’s Girl by June Kearns. Your stories about Texas make it somehow more real.

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  42. ranu802 says:

    It’s wonderful to know you and about your hobbies, you are very creative.

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  43. Julia Lund says:

    I admire your commitment to both family and your talents hope you continue to revel in your creativity.

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  44. kanzensakura says:

    Thank you so much for following my blog. it is a bit of a mishmash but I hope you will visit often and feel welcomed. It is good you took care of your parents – I can certainly relate to that. Creation in the midst of pain is an excellent way to not self-destruct ad also a way to discover more about oneself. Your blog and book seem to be very interesting. I am looking forward to receiving future posts from you.

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  45. It’s a pleasure to meet you – Ajijic, Mexico to Liverpool is a slight distance but I look forward to exploring your blog.

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  46. Thank you for following my blog! I intend to check out your book, and look forward to it with great interest. XO

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    • Thank you. I am so pleased you found some solace to your pain in creating things. I believe you are a true artist when you are enthusiastic about trying many things. It doesn’t really matter that your art or creativity isn’t recognised by others. All that really matters is that you are willing and eager to experiment with new things. That certainly sounds like you, and me, ha ha. Keep up the good work. I enjoyed your blog.

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  47. Billie says:

    Thanks for following my blog Carole! Looking forward to spending time on yours! 😀

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  48. Mirror of your Health says:

    Amazing blog and very creative information.Thank you very much for sharing it.

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  49. VisitSiena says:

    thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it 🙂 what an interesting blog you have ! for sure will be back here 🙂

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  50. HD says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Thank you for taking care of your aging parents. Thank you for continuing to write, no matter what. And congratulations on TISSUES OF LIES, which I shall now make a point of to check out.

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