Clu Gallagher, self-published author

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             ABOUT ME 

               

When I was a little girl I dreamed of writing stories and most if not all of them were about immigrants to the United States. One in particular stayed in my mind. It was about a little girl who came to the United States and became a citizen. I never really identified where she came from, when or why but I set story lines over the years as I imagined the many possibilities. For as long as I could remember, I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. I attended parochial schools and my experiences in training in the visual arts was limited at best. That is . . . not until I had graduated high school, began working as a secretary, and enrolled in evening classes in painting and drawing at "Carnegie Tech" in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was "love at first sight" but financial circumstances and the guidance of a very caring professor, Dr. Herbert Olds, led me to a less expensive college, Edinboro State Teachers College in northwestern Pennsylvania. I majored in Art Education and graduated with a BS in 1970. After doing my student teaching in Pittsburgh Public Schools, I accepted a contract and spent the next period of my life gaining a Masters Equivalency from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh Continuing Education Departments as well as becoming a wife, mother of two, and grandmother of six. In 2001, illness took me out of the classroom and I retired on a diability at age fifty-four. As things happened, I didn't realize the opportunity to fulfill my girlhood dream of becoming an author until I was sixty years old (2007) and decided to write my first manuscript. After a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Anxiety, I began the long journey of trying to get my health back, both physically and mentally. Very timid and unsure of myself, as well as 'reclusive" because  of consequences of my illness, I used the pen name:  "R.E. Cluse", which not only spelled out the word 'recluse' but represented my fathers initials (R.L.E) who had taught me how to write my first paragraph when I was eight years old. He also wanted to become a writer but life's circumstances ending in blindness took away his dream. Once I began writing, I realized that I had a passion. I taught myself the ways of becoming a self-published author in the 21st Century and I have published three novels, all whose story lines are about immigrants to the United States. In the process of mastering the art and craft of becoming a self-published author, I published multiple editions of my first two novels. Most recently, I set those two manuscripts and a third into a collection that I have titled: 

THE SCATTERED SEEDS TALES FROM THE GREAT MELTING POT

 

ANEW (The Shattered Seeds:'Sofia's Story')

Book 1

 

DARBY'S ROAD

Book 2

 

A MEMORY FOR MIRRY

Book 3

 

*I have many people to thank for their help and guidance over the years. I am extremely grateful and hold a special place in my heart of hearts for all of them. 

 

* Special thanks to Karen Curlett Kelly for  the artwork which she designed (pro-bono) for a special edition of my first novel, THE SHATTERED SEEDS: "SOFIA'S STORY"         

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