Pauline Gallagher

Biography

I was born in Ireland, lived in England and Australia and finally settled down in Canada. I retired as an elementary and high school teacher and now I house and pet sit. This is our fourth year of pet sitting and the assignments have taken us to Britain, Europe, Tahiti, Australia and New Zealand. I always travel with my laptop. I blog children’s stories daily on http://childrenandteensstoriestomotivateandinspire.com

-Some years ago I wrote several children’s stories without an artist.
They were taken by Annex Press, Toronto to two publishing conferences in New York. They lost the contract, but stated my books were very publishable and not to ‘give up.’ One of my stories, “Mrs. Claus and the November Visit,” won in the Canadian Library Competition. It chooses short stories across Canada and publishes them in a yearly anthology called “Winners Circle.” Mine was the only children’s story selected.

-Fast forward to 2016 and the opportunity to use images from the copyright free Public Domain site. Now, I have four stories ready to become ebooks by end of October, 2016.
They are:
--Mrs. Claus and the November Visit
--Belinda’s Dandelion (about bullying)
--Unicorns Come at Night (about the death of a pet)
-- The Bouncing Blue Ball ( a fun story).

The following stories are almost ready....
--The Incredible Show and Tell Story
---Difference Spring Breaks
--Look Who is Helping Bo Beep Find Her Sheep
--Ranger Jabauri and the Serengetti Plain

Please visit my daily blogged children’s site that also provides more details and short extracts from these books.

Thank you
Pauline Gallagher

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Power of One (set in South Africa during Apartheid). It illustrates in that one person can make a difference even against terrible odds. This is what I hope to achieve on my website the idea of making a difference to lesbians lives.
2. Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte painted the Yorkshire moors with their mist, loneliness and darkness of soil. This loneliness and a certain darkness lives in the souls of Heathcliffe and Catherine. His love for her defies everyone and it extends beyond her death.
3. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown. It's light and comedic. It was the first 'happy' lesbian story that I read.
4. My Antonia: by Willa Cather: lesbian writer who won a Pullitzer Prize. She tells stories of the hardships of living a prairie life. Her narrative is rich and strong and it deals with the issues of love and hate, death and life, and hope and despair. Her characters jump out of the pages. I'd recommend any of her books.
5. Sing You Home by Jodi Picout. Two lesbians battle a local right-wing Church, but it's much more than that - Jodi, as in all her novels, presents realistic sides of all issues.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to think of a cover design as a movie poster. The images and colors should grab the reader's attention.
I had my own ideas for two of my book covers and the artists used them. However, a third artist ignored my ideas and presented a wonderful cover of Jazz: Jet Setting Carpenter. Now, this is one sexy book cover that I had nothing to do with. So my idea would be - give some ideas, but tell the artist/designer to come up with their own.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Pauline Gallagher online

Books

Jazz: Jet Setting Carpenter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,350. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
Jazz, with Halle Berry looks and hit television show, uses the London lesbian scene as her personal bedroom. Enter “Fearless Fiona” daredevil reporter who asks Jazz to renovate her exclusive home. Both are aware of their mutual, sizzling attraction. Has Jazz finally met her match? Catch a glimpse of Gay Paris in the 1900s where rich lesbians entertained and naked nymphs danced around trees.
Lt. Dee: Army Nurse, Vietnam
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,760. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
vietnam,1968. minutes off the plane, lt dee witnesses coffins being loaded onto a plane. her next job is to declare cause of death in a morgue as the doctors are busy in surgery. follow dee as she heads to a hospital unit surrounded by jungle. in surgery dee sees the savageness of war and the courage and kindess of doctors and nurses. dee falls in love and both women find ways to discreetly meet
Jo of the Outback
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,620. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
Set in Australia, Mexico and the USA, Jo's life as a lesbian stock hand in the Outback, changes when she is assigned to rescuing tourists from a broken down bus. Donna, a beautiful Aboriginie wins her heart and Jo accompanies her on an incredible journey through the beauty of Outback, Australia. Each woman shares her life story and culture as they fall deeply in love.