Newsmaker: Carolyn Menke
Noteworthy: Her debut book, “Return To Me,” was released this month. The historical fiction novel takes place in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Harrisburg during World War II. She is working on a companion novella set in the roaring ‘20s called “I’m Yours.” She will be signing at the Penguin Book Shop in Sewickley from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Family: Husband, Steve; three daughters, Charlotte, Sophia and Valerie
Occupation: Author, blogger for a marketing firm in Pittsburgh and creative writing teacher
Background: Worked for Westinghouse as a technical writer; moved into proposal writing, marketing, communications
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Carnegie Mellon University, 1995; master’s degree, Duquesne University, 2000
Quote: “I’ve always loved reading historical fiction and … I have always wanted to be a writer. When I was a little girl, I used to write up my own stories and punch holes and tie them with ribbon. I had a typewriter — I would type up stories. … This has been a dream come true for me.”