This article first appeared on the examiner on April 26, 2010.
Coleen Murtagh Paratore is a young adult author whose Capital District roots run deep. She was born in (and currently lives in) Troy, NY in 1958. She attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School in South Troy and Catholic Central High School in North Troy. She majored in English at the College of Saint Rose. After a brief stint in Connecticut, Paratore returned home and worked at Russell Sage before pursuing her dream as a writer. She has written 14 books for children and young adults. Her newest book, “Wish I Might: From the Life of Willa Havisham” will be released on May 1, 2010.
Willa Havisham first appeared in the popular “The Wedding Planner’s Daughter” in 2005. Willa is the daughter of a successful wedding planner who dreams of her own happy ending. Her story is continued in “The Cupid Chronicles,” “Willa by Heart,” “Forget Me Not: From the Life of Willa Havisham,” and “Wish I Might: From the Life of Willa Havisham.”
In addition to the Willa Havisham series, tween and teen girls will also be interested in “A Pearl Among Princes” about a young girl living on a remote island where Princes are sent for their “Charmed Arts” training. Gracepearl dreams of a life bigger than the island but that requires attracting the romantic attention of one of the Princes and denying her feelings for a long-time love. Girls who like their romance with a little bit of fantasy and a strong heroine should enjoy this book.