Five Things I Learned in College by Caroline Warfield #TopList
I am proud to say that I graduated from the Ohio State University, and, yes, I learned many things, some of them in the classroom. I majored in East Asian History, but I minored in French—and life. What are some things I learned?
Never try to learn Chinese while carrying a heavy course load and planning a wedding. Languages are best learned in an immersive program, at least in the beginning. (Literature in translation, however, is never as good as literature in the original language.)
Words matter. Using them well got me through college. Using them well turned out to be a vital life skill. As a writer I continually learn ways to wield them to move hearts.
Life is complicated, and you have to take control of it. You have set your goals, manage your time, and go for what matters.
There is no success without taking risks. They often pay off in ways you don’t expect. In college it meant changes in majors, and big life decisions. In my career it meant going sideways in order to go forward when I hit a wall. In writing—well, I take a risk every time I let someone read what I wrote. If I let fear guide me, I would never have published.
Life goes more smoothly when you don’t try to do it all alone. I graduated with a one-year-old daughter. I pulled it off, but not alone. Beloved and I were a team.
I'm currently working on a Children of Empire, a series set in the 1830s, when the British Empire was approaching its zenith.
Three cousins, who grew up together in the English countryside, are driven apart by deceit and lies. (You may guess a woman is involved!) Though they all escape to the outposts of The British Empire, they all make their way home to England, facing their demons while finding love and the support of women of character and backbone. They are:
Randolph Baldwin Wheatly who has become a recluse, and lives in isolation in frontier Canada intent on becoming a timber baron, until a desperate woman invades his peace. (Book 1: The Renegade Wife)
Captain Frederick Arthur Wheatly, an officer in the Bengal army, who enjoys his comfortable life on the fringes until his mistress dies, and he's forced to choose between honor and the army. (Book 2: The Reluctant Wife)
Charles, Duke of Murnane, tied to a miserable marriage, throws himself into government work to escape bad memories. He accepts a commission from the Queen that takes him to Canton and Macau, only to face his past there. (Book 3: The Unexpected Wife)
Book 3, The Unexpected Wife, will be released on July 25.
Set in China, Caroline finally gets to use that degree in East Asian History.
Charles Wheatly, Duke of Murnane, doesn’t expect to find his great love when he accepts an unofficial fact finding mission to Canton on behalf of the queen. He certainly doesn’t expect to confront his wreck of a marriage in such an exotic locale. Zambak Hayden follows her brother to China to escape pressure to make a suitable marriage. She finds the brother drawn into the world of greed, smuggling, drugs, and corruption and resolves to both sort out the truth and protect her brother from becoming prey to all of it—if only she could stop yearning for the one man she can’t have.
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Caroline Warfield’s passions are faith, family, history and travel and all four drive her stories. She writes historical romance set in the Regency, Late Georgian, and Victorian eras. She is currently working on a Children of Empire, a series set in the 1830s, when the British Empire was approaching its zenith.