Message for my readers:
I still remember my first Romance Writers of America© conference. It was huge, overwhelming, and filled with some of my favorite authors. I got to meet one in an elevator (she spoke to me!) and I fan-girled over another at a librarian event. Both were so incredibly approachable, appreciative, and generous.
The moral of this story?
Writers are readers, too. We’re also human. Like my books? (And I hope you do.) Or hate them? (Please say it isn’t so!) Either way, feel free to connect with me through my newsletter, blog, or on social media. I’d love to hear from you.
Oh, and be sure to leave a review!
A little about me:
I’d like to be able to say I always wanted to be a writer, but the truth is I thought it looked like a lot of hard work. Life, however, sometimes leads us down paths we never intended to take.
So how did I get started?
From the very beginning, my parents encouraged my love of books. When a Grade One teacher suggested I wrote too many “thrillers,” my mother, an English teacher, said I could write – and read – whatever I wanted. My high school English teachers later backed her up on that. In university, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Anthropology. At the time it was a whim, but it’s amazing how much that little piece of paper has benefited me over the years. Researching the history of civilizations has led to many intriguing worldbuilding possibilities.
I started off writing fantasy for women–I liked the romantic element, but I also really loved being able to create my own worlds (leading back to that useful degree). I still write fantasy for women. I have a dystopian western series of three books and a novella coming in 2017, and I’ll be adding three more books to it, the first arriving later on in the year. I want to say November, but don’t quote me on that.
Right now I’m writing a series of Canadian Spy books for contemporary romance. I spent a number of years working in the Canadian aerospace and defense industry and learned a lot. Before that I did freelance writing for politicians. I’m not above inviting people I know out for a cup of coffee, then picking their brains for story ideas. They’ve been very generous with their time and their knowledge.
Thanks guys. You know who you are.
Multi-published author Paula Altenburg has written short contemporary romance, as well as fantasy and paranormal romance, for publishers Entangled, Tule, and Tor. Her Spy to Have, the first book in her new and exciting Spy Games series, marks her 13th published work of fiction. She lives in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and two sons. Once a manager in the aerospace industry, she now enjoys working from home and writing fulltime.
Multi-published author Paula Altenburg grew up in rural Nova Scotia knowing that at some point in her life she was likely to be a fiction writer. Swapping Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey books with her father guaranteed she wasn’t going to be the next Jane Austen, much to the dismay of her English teacher mother.
A degree in Social Anthropology from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, again meant writing was the logical (aka only) career path for her, although it did confirm her belief that learning is a life-long experience. She’s taken business, writing, and aquaculture courses, all at the university level and all for fun.
She has worked in the Aerospace industry, which surprises everyone who knows her, although now makes writing her fulltime career. Happily married, with two terrific sons, she continues to live in rural Nova Scotia but makes a point of traveling as much as she can.
Paula has written short contemporary romance, as well as fantasy and paranormal romance, for publishers Entangled, Tule, and Tor. Her Spy to Have, the first book in her new and exciting Spy Games series, marks her 13th published work of fiction.