Colleen B. MacFarlane
I’ve been a genealogy enthusiast for several years. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My first book, Listening to Her Own Voice, chronicles the life of my 2nd great aunt who immigrated to Chaska, Minnesota, in 1866 from Switzerland and who went on to live a most inspiring life.
I love reading and writing historical fiction. I have a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and an MBA with a specific focus on personal financial planning. Both degrees influence the characters I write about and the dilemmas my protagonists find themselves in.
I’m a retired therapist and financial educator. I’ve authored several papers related to current events for a worldwide employee assistance firm in addition to writing articles for independent newsletters in Raleigh, North Carolina, where I currently live with my husband and feisty 10-lb miniature schnauzer named Lucy.
My second book, a segue from my usual, is a Children’s book titled Life’s Lessons from Lucy the Schnauzer. The book is about a 1st grader named of Everett. He and his mother and father own Lucy. Everett is sure that his dog, Lucy, has taught him everything he needs to know about life, and proceeds to tell his cousin, Eleanor, about all of the secrets for success that Lucy has taught him.
My third book, set to launch in June of 2022, is titled: Ivy & Audie, and is dedicated to teens who are coping with epilepsy. Check my blog section for more details and excerpts from the book. Ivy is ten when she experiences her first seizure and her dog, Audie, is able to alert her before her seizures occur.
My avocation for the past 22 years has been nutrition. I’ve learned a great deal about nutrients, vegetables, fruits and eating the rainbow of plants. As a result, I now adhere to a whole foods, plant-based diet. The journey has been rewarding, as a couple of medical issues have completely resolved. I feel that I’ve significantly slowed my aging process! My husband and I also started and hosted a healthy eating group in our community as a way to meet like-minded people. It was great fun, but we had to call it quits with the onset of the pandemic. I read many newsletters and books on nutrition to keep myself informed and motivated.