Carren Strock

I am equally at home with a  paintbrush and canvas, a needle and thread, or a hammer and nails. Having been told by my college professor however, that I was not a writer, it was years before I picked up a pen. When I finally turned to my true passion of writing, my first book, Married Women Who Love Women, was purchased by a major publishing house. As eclectic in my writing as I am in my other interests, I am also the author of a lesbian paranormal romance, Tangled Ribbons, an exciting mystery, In the Shadow of the Wonder Wheel, and an autobiographical how-to book A Writer’s Journey: What to Know Before, During, and After Writing a Book.

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Married Women Who Love Women

This book is about women in heterosexual marriages who discover or come to terms with their lesbianism or bisexuality. It answers questions such as how women make this discovery, what they do once they realize their same-gender sexuality, how family and friends deal with the situation, and what happens to marriages and families.

 

This second edition contains a new introduction, three new chapters, a glossary of gay-related terms, and a new list of additional reading.

Tangled Ribbons

Unexplained sexual longings, and fragments of unidentified images, consume Jenna’s Earth-life, and she dies with those haunting questions unanswered—but for her, death is not the end.

Although Jenna finds herself on the Celestial Tableland—a land of Spirits—her existence is interwoven with Bev’s, a woman in her last Earth incarnation. Bev helped Jenna to die, and now Jenna must help Bev to meet Anne, her soul mate, as the two women are destined to become a Perfect Pairing. But Cornelia, a vengeful Spirit, will stop at nothing to destroy this pairing.

Unless she can discover why Cornelia is so full of rage and is out to destroy this Perfect Pairing, Jenna will be unable to help Bev. But Jenna’s investigation only leads to more questions: Why is Cornelia’s past hidden from her? Why do no other Spirits see Cornelia’s destructive behavior? And what do the other souls who call out to Jenna have to do with Cornelia?

Eventually, Jenna’s search leads her to some surprising answers—and to a forgotten past of her own.

In the Shadow of the Wonder Wheel

When 28-year-old artist Mallory McGill meets Keith Dawson, she can hardly believe that so much happiness has come her way. Pregnant with his child, they are about to announce their marriage when Keith is killed in a gas explosion.

Now, six months later, Mallory is found at Coney Island Creek with blood on her hands and no sign of the baby she was due to deliver. Although evidence of foul play points to her, and she can’t remember what happened, she’s certain that her baby is alive.

For Teri Cardello, a tough detective who has no tolerance for anyone involved in crimes against children, McGill is guilty. But her partner Sam Rothman, refuses to be so easily convinced. “Either that girl is the worst liar in the world, or everyone else is lying and she’s telling the truth,” he says.

Moses, a streetwise 18-year-old and Mallory's friend, also believes she's innocent, but can’t convince the police to trust him.

Is Mallory being framed? Is her baby alive? Why can’t she remember that fateful night?

A Writer's Jourmey

What to Know Before, During, and After Writing a Book

This is a personal, practical, and informative guide, brief, and to the point. This book, divided into three sections: what you need to know before, during, and after writing a book, gives clear, concise tips on how to stay motivated, hone your skills, and write your own book. From how to organize your work, to words that flash amateur, to advice on how to market your work, find a good agent, and navigate the world of publishing, A Writer's Journey has it all. Replete with amusing anecdotes, astonishing rejections of famous authors, mistakes to avoid, and inspirational stories, writers and novices alike will enjoy this book. 

Grandpa and Me and the Park in the City

Grandpa and Me and the Park in the City, a rhyming picture book,  is the story of Braden, a seven-year-old who spends his summers with his grandpa in the city. Braden once loved going to the park with his grandpa. Now he’s feeling sad. He thinks he’s too old for the swings and the slide. But he’s in for a big surprise when Grandpa takes him to the park very early one morning.

The park is filled with people of all ages. They are doing all kinds of fun exercises. Braden says he can do them, but when he tries, he realizes that they are harder than they appear. Embarrassed, he stops trying. Then it comes to him, right out of the blue, some practice and hard work and he could do the exercises too. And he learns that you’re never too old to have fun in the park.

This book is for children, parents, and grandparents. It also lends itself to inter-generational, ethnic, and urban study theme units for elementary school teachers interested in creative classroom learning. Urban children especially will identify with the city park.