A published author, developmental book editor, and partner publisher, Anne Louise O’Connell was an expat for 25 years, leaving the cold of Canada for warmer climes with stops in Florida, Dubai and Thailand. For 17 years she worked in the PR field and then in 2007, she decided to take the leap and work for herself. In 2016, upon her return to Canada, she established OC Publishing. In between doing developmental editing for clients and working on her next novel, she mentors other authors from idea to completed manuscript, partner publishes their books and helps them build their author platforms. Anne writes mystery & suspense novels and her first book, Mental Pause, won a Bronze IPPY (Independent Publisher Magazine Award) for best adult fiction. Her second novel, Deep Deceit, is the first in an amateur detective series (now on hold while she assists other authors in the writing and publishing process). Anne grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has a Bachelor of Public Relations and a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Mount St. Vincent University. She blogs at http://www.anne-writingjustbecause.blogspot.com/, and while living as an expat, wrote many columns for Expat Focus, contributed to Global Living Magazine and the Wall St. Journal Expat Blog. You can follow Anne on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ocpubhfx.
Swimming with the Elephants Other Adventures
Anne Louise O'Connell Books
When Celeste Parker’s daughter Tamara goes missing in Dubai the all-out search and rescue mission she anticipates never materializes. Put off by the police as 18-year-old Tamara is technically an adult, and no foul play is apparent, Celeste has a gut feeling something is terribly wrong.
Abbie Slocum, a forty-something, average, middle of the road, housewife and mother of teenage twin boys, tries desperately to keep her outwardly idyllic life together while spiraling into a dark pit of menopausal insanity. Her mind races with suicidal, murderous thoughts so outside of her normal character that it frightens her. The only person she can share the graphic images from her hormonally addled mind with is her best friend, Rachel, recently separated, and the mysterious and titillating Joan, a new friend from Rachel's singles support group.
Author, editor, partner publisher and world traveller, Anne Louise O’Connell was born to travel. On the last day of one trip she loves to begin planning the next. Like many adventure lovers, she works to travel, avoiding packaged tours because the beaten path just doesn’t beckon to her. She is always enticed by the overgrown trail or the donkey track that mysteriously juts at an angle off to the left. Here is a collection of stories from just a few of her travels throughout Asia, the Middle East, South America, the Greek and Caribbean Islands along with a smattering of insights into the expat life she lived for 22 years.
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