Noelle GrangerI started writing as a way of letting my children know where I came from and what shaped me.  I grew up in a small coastal Massachusetts town, where the Pilgrims just happened to have landed some 340 years earlier.  My family and I lived in a 100 year old house that was three stories high, square and unyielding even to hurricane force winds, and its many windows reflected the sky and ocean.  At night, you fell asleep to the sound of waves or the lonely fog horn on Gurnet lighthouse.  My seasons were spent on or in the water, so sailing and swimming are themes in some of what I write, with New England overtones.  For the last thirty years, I have lived in North Carolina, a place I’ve come to love, and that New England accent has acquired a Southern lilt.

I had a long and active career in academia, and if you want to know more about that, you can Google me. For now, I am just a writer trying to find her voice.

Noelle Granger
Writing as N.A. Granger, Author of Death in a Red Canvas Sail and Death in a Dacron Sail (soon to be released)

128 thoughts on “About

  1. Margareta

    Shortly after my granddaughter was born, I started to write about her dad in particular so that she would know him and us. I also write down what we did when we go visit. Only I and hubby know about this book. Plan to give it to her when she is 18 or so. Margareta

    • Scriblet

      That is a wonderful idea! I love how even your son doesn’t know about it. Have you written something for him as well?

      • Yup! Thing is, I don’t want to embarrass him. I used a picture of him when he was about six months old in one of my lectures for many, many years. I also have a lot of writing from my mother, and we interviewed my grandmother for many hours before she died (on videotape now).

  2. Hi Noelle, Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for a whole heap of awards – The sisterhood of world bloggers, the inner peace award, the angel award, the wonderful team member readership award and the wordpress family award. You can find out more at http://irenewaters19.com/2014/05/19/awards-galore-inner-peace-angels-award-sisterhood-wordpress-family-and-more/
    Hope you will accept. I just wanted to let you know how much I have appreciated your visits, your posts since meeting you on the A-Z challenge. Cheers Irene

  3. Noelle, I am more than 25% of the way thru your first Rhe Brewster book. When finished, I would like to review. Could you email me – I’d like to ‘talk’ with you about it. I love your book!

  4. Put It Together 4 U

    Following you from Rereading Jane Eyre’s blog recommendation list! Looking forward to your content! 😀

  5. It’s so nice to meet you Noelle. The path you’ve traveled sounds like a storybook. From Massachusetts to North Carolina? That had to be culture shock! (I recently had a job-hunt-bite for a position that would be a nice promotion in Durham. Cross your fingers for me.)
    I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog. Hugs! 😀

    • Durham is a great place to live! There are so many northerners in this area, there is no culture shock! North Carolina also has more writers than any other state. Lots of critique groups, readings and conferences! You would love it.

  6. A lovely ‘About’ page. We have a few things in common–writing, Chapel Hill and NC, a love of New England and being bloggers. I look forward to following and reading your blog. Thank you for exploring and following mine. 😊

  7. So nice to meet you here via Smorgasbord- Variety is the Spice of Life. We are fellow nominees. I’m thankful to Sally, or otherwise maybe we would have not crossed paths. I’m now a New England ‘girl’ (after living in SF bay area for over 20 years) and have much to learn! How to navigate snow is one of the lessons still ongoing… 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by! I still love New England and always feel like I’m coming home when I fly in over Boston harbor. But after more than 30 years of living in Chapel Hill, I feel like a Southerner, too. There’s still nothing like a New England summer, especially along the coast, but I don’t miss the snow at all. Spent a week in Maine doing research for my books last February, which reminded me of that!

  8. Hi Noelle! I’ve seen your gravatar around, so I thought I would follow you, and stop by to introduce myself – and thanks for the follow back! Congrats on your new book! I will be looking forward to your posts!

    • I do indeed. My father’s mother was French and my mother’s father was French Canadian! I am also Irish and Polish – quite a mix! Thank you for liking my blog!

  9. chugol

    I know you follow both rara and Grayson queen. I am not a blogger by any means but would like to let Graysons friends know that it has been confirmed Grayson passed away on May 5th. Rara does know. There is no details as to what happened and none are expected anytime soon. Grayson will be missed by so many. His art touched so many lives and he will be remembered as a great artist and human all around. Please help me let his friends know.

    • Thank you for letting me know. I am very saddened by this news – not only by Grayson’s death but also for the effect this will have on Rara. And our inability to communicate with her.
      Please keep in touch with me. How incredibly sad – and he was so very young!

  10. belindacrane

    That is such a brilliant idea writing for your children. The matriarchs tend to be the scrap books and photo albums of both sides of the family. 🙂

  11. Ah! Massachusetts and North Carolina – the two states in the USA that I have lived in – I am a New Zealander. If I had a choice of where to live in the world today, it would be South Turkey Creek Road, Leicester, Asheville, NC !!

  12. I spet some years living in Plymouth (the original one) and still have a daughter living there; she not having joined our family diaspora – one in Florida, one in Paris (although that might change) and we’re in a 220-year old farm cottage in the middle of France.

    • My kids are diaspora’d too – one in Germany and one in LA. We hope to visit the one in Germany this fall (he stationed there, in the Army) and the one in LA (married) is moving back with her husband next year. Can’t wait!

  13. Hello Noelle—I’ve enjoyed reading your comments on Bruce Goodman’s blog and thought I would trip over here to see what you’re about. I’m a lifelong New Englander, having grown up in Maine, spent most of my adult life in Boston, and then for a time in Hull, MA before moving to New Hampshire. Of course I got to know Plymouth very well while living on Nantasket beach….all the tradition, Plimoth Plantation, etc. Small world, isn’t it! I’ll be back to read more.

    • Thank you Cynthia! Nice to meet a fellow New Englander! I am currently running a series of posts entitled Summer in Plymouth. You might like them! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Arrived here on a journey between blogs…decided it was time to explore….lovely intro and a writer….just my niche so alas for you I’m now following you 😇

    • Never alas for me – I welcome new followers and hope my posts will please. I do try to keep them short, but sometime repost (like today) when I find something I love (such as today’s on dragons). Welcome,welcome! I love Norah and Book Club Mom!

      • Then all is well 😁 I love this blogging thing…well, I do now I’m sort of getting the hang of it! Finding new blogs and bloggers is a bit addictive too…I’ve yet to find one whose grumpy…which is really refreshing compared to news on tv 🙃

    • Isn’t that just the truth? I get a life from fellow bloggers every day – we write about the REALLY important things: family, books we’ve read, how to write…

      • Very much so….bloggers provide the balance that daily news tips the wrong way. I find them helpful too, a word of advice, support and friendship. No antagonism…it seems to be an unwritten rule that all of the negative is left outside. To me, that’s priceless 😊

    • Thank you so much, Jeyran. I am truly honored you would think of me. However, I have stopped accepting awards because I want to see them go to younger or newer bloggers, to see them on their way. HUGE congratulations to you for the award – keep going!

  15. Hi,

    How are you? Hope all is well.

    I wanted to let you know, that I do have a new website. Please go over and check it out and please follow me and sign up with your email so you know what I am up to. Thank you so much. Here is the link: http://gigised.com/
    Click on the covers and you will transported to my books. Have fun. thank you.

    All the best

  16. I just found your blog and was intrigued by the name of both your blog and your book – Death in a Dacron Sail. I live aboard and cruise on a sailboat while trying to write my first novel, a cozy mystery set in a marina. Sounds like you might have a sailing / boating background as well. Looking forward to following along with your blog.

    • Thank you, Ellen. Yes, I do sail although not as much as I’d like. I bought a 17 foot frisky lady with a friend of mine who also likes to sail. Unfortunately, the lakes around here are not always great for wind. Hope you like my blog. I do lots of different things – travelogue, book reviews, etc.

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