A native Southern Californian, Colleen Adair Fliedner is a multi-published author, journalist, and travel writer. She has had three nonfiction books published: A work-for-hire book for Los Angeles County; Stories in Stone (Park City, Utah); and Quick Escapes From Orange County for Globe Pequot Press. Colleen’s background covers a wide range of writing experience, including an optioned screenplay; radio scripts and interviews; radio advertising scripts for large local commercial company; magazine and newspaper articles; travel articles and Blogs for the Orange County Register newspaper; plays; radio and television advertisements; a cable TV mini-series; and over 100 travel articles.
Writing credits include: Westways (AAA), Native Peoples, BajaTRAVELER, France Today, Northwest Airlines inflight magazine, Home and Away (Midwest Auto Club), So. California Meetings & Events, and M. D. News Magazine. Online magazine credits include: Vacation Travel Channel (regular contributor), OffBeat Travel, and Travel World International Magazine. She has also the ghostwritten numerous articles and e-books for an internationally renowned psychologist. Colleen was a regular contributor to Talking Travel Radio Network, a travel radio show based in Florida.
Works in Progress:
Winds of Change: A historical novel set against the backdrop of WW I, the story opens in Manhattan in 1915 with the attempted bombing of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Josette Rogers, a 20-year-old college student is a fervent Suffragette and aspires to become a social worker. She meets Curtis Carlson, a former economics professor at Harvard who now works for J. P. Morgan, Jr., at a Columbia University debate. Curtis, one of three speakers, secretly represents The House of Morgan's pro-war position. Josette attends with her anti-war girlfriends, protesting during his speech. A fight breaks out in the audience, and Josette winds up being arrested, along with many of the male college students. Feeling bad that Josette was caught in the middle of the violence, Curtis has the charges against her dropped. They eventually meet again on the ill-fated luxury liner, RMS Lusitania, which is torpedoed by a German submarine. Sinking in a mere 18 minutes, nearly 2,000 men, women and children die. Who will live and who will die?
Winds of Change is packed with twists and turns; true historical events; lots of action; German spies; and, of course, a love story. The novel is finished and is undergoing a final proofreading. Look for its release soon.
Colleen is currently writing a story for Grace Note, an anthology about a violin that essentially carries its owners' emotions through time. The first story is set during the French Revolution. Colleen's story takes place in Victorian England. Story number three occurs in Prague during World War II. Stay turned for a release date for this e-book.
A sequel to the Wind of Change will be called the Winds of War and will pick up where the first book left off. Colleen hopes to have the Wind of War completed in time for the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 2019.
Colleen has three children and lives with her husband, Rick, and two adorable Pomeranians in Orange, California. She loves to sail, travel, explore, do historical research...and write.