Paula Brochu had her first poem published at the age of 12, and has spent her life writing poetry, prose, promotional materials, grants, curriculum, technical procedures, manuals and internet materials for non-profit organizations, industrial entities and education.
She has continued to hone her craft in the field of creative writing: drafting 28 juvenile fiction and non-fiction books, beginner chapter books for young readers, a YA novel, three adult novels, a full-length play and more than 80 poems and prose pieces.
With each genre, her strength is accurately and interestingly conveying complex thoughts and intense emotion, developing colorful, familiar and believable characters, settings and plots, and connecting effectively with the reader. Her life experience has afforded her wise and compassionate sensitivity to a wide array of economic, religious, ethnic, sexual, age and gender perspectives. Her humble origin and unlikely propulsion over the years into circles of high academic and social prestige give her a unique and keen understanding of differing peoples and what moves them.
A long-time activist for positive change and economic development, she has been an enthusiastic supporter/volunteer/member and (/or) administrator of numerous municipalities, groups, boards and organizations such as Business Networking International (Saratoga Chapter, NY) LFD Betterment Group, Maine Street Maine/Maine Downtown Center, the Gazebo Market, Channel 7 Public Access Station, Gazebo Concerts, Frantasia Music Festival, various spiritual centers, libraries and schools, LEAH, PC Youth Camp, Youth Sports, LF CEO, VIP Program, Camp Pinnacle, The Child Safety Program, The Norlands Living History Center, The Chamber of Commerce, History Night, Apple Pumpkin Festival, Jay Memorial Project, Memorial Day and Independence Day parades and activities, Livermore Falls Bike and Walking Trail, Parks Improvement, Literacy Volunteers and Circle of Beautiful People International. Over the years, she has run small graphics businesses, held key positions with multi-million dollar companies that include JCPenney and National Plumbing Supply (NY), has owned and operated a number of casual, micro businesses that included, tutoring, daycare, renovating Victorians, interior decorating, and cake decorating. She also coached high school flag squad and drama as well as being a substitute teacher for grades k-12 in two school systems.
Currently, her only non-profit endeavor is drafting a plan for Imagine Peace (also known as Musicians for World Peace), a worldwide concert to promote world peace.
Born in the small paper-mill town of Jay, Maine, Ms. Brochu currently resides in Manhattan, New York. She spends her days writing and taking time to rest and recover, and to enjoy the simple domestic duties and pleasures of life. Her evenings are fondly spent with her partner, Allan Kozinn, classical music critic for the New York Times, attending concerts and events. Her other loves: four adult children and three grandchildren who live in Maine and upstate New York, as well as writing, painting, gardening, cookery, interior decorating, spiritual awareness, philosophical discourse, and communing with kindred spirits, continue to inspire her work.
Drafts of Ms. Brochu’s writing can be sampled on lit.org (under the pseudonym Felicia Stone) where she has been an active member since 2005. She has fervently networked via Facebook since 2009 (Paula Brochu and Felicia Stone), and can also be found on Linkedin and Twitter. She invites you to join her on Google+ (Paula Brochu) where she will be building a writing-related network similar to her mostly music-related (Paula Brochu) presence on Facebook.
Ms. Brochu was first published in The Grit, her Junior High yearbook, and several poetry anthologies. She has not since submitted works for publication, but has, by request allowed her work to be published in Mystic Musings, A-T literature, The Valley Voice and Copperfield School’s newsletter, The Home School Standard.
Ms. Brochu is currently organizing and editing her cache of writings. She looks forward to finding the right literary agent for her work and to begin actively submitting her manuscripts and poems for publication.
In addition to tidying up existing works, Ms. Brochu’s newer projects include high-impact manuscripts and collections of poems, photos and artwork addressing various challenges and issues that women face today, gay/lesbian an transgender topics, abuse, inequality and prejudice, sickness-recovery-healthcare reform, and the social implications of the Occupy movement.
Member since 2011
Region: New York: Metropolitan
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