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Jean Collen

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Jean Collen is a writer, musician and retired teacher of classical singing and piano. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with her husband, Errol, a freelance English/Afrikaans translator, writer, proof-reader and editor.

While still in her teens and studying for her singing diploma with famous British duettists, Anne Ziegler (1910-2003) and Webster Booth (1902-1984) she was studio accompanist to Webster Booth when Anne Ziegler had other commitments.

She holds the following qualifications: LTCL (Singing), LTCL (Piano), ATCL (Singing)

BA (SA) majoring in English, History, History of Music (with distinction)

BA (Honours) (SA) in History.

In 2006 she published two books about Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, one in collaboration with Pamela Da
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Jean Collen I believe that writer's block is a form of procrastination. I always work out a rough plan of the plot of my story before I start writing it so…moreI believe that writer's block is a form of procrastination. I always work out a rough plan of the plot of my story before I start writing it so although I might have to spend some time working out the best way to proceed, I have never had a complete block. I try writing several versions of a particular part of the story and I keep on writing until I am satisfied which versions is best suited for the story as a whole.(less)
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Thank you for this interesting article. Im very sorry indeed to hear of the words that have been expunged from the OUP junior dictionary. It suggests that the editors of the dictionary assume that children are not going outdoors to play or to pick bluebells any more but are glued to their computers reading about so-called celebrities. Very sad indeed!


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Description: Faint Harmony" is the second novel in a Roman a clef trilogy about Malcolm Craig, a great British tenor. This book covers his life from the outbreak of World War Two until 1956 when he was at the zenith of his singing career. His rise to fame as a singer is smooth, but his private life is increasingly turbulent. The first book of the series is entitled "Just the Echo of a Sigh" and covers his early life to 1939. This is Jean Collen's third novel. She has also written a volume of short stories and several non-fiction books about the lives and careers of Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler. All her books have a musical theme as she is a classical pianist and singer, and taught singing and piano until her retirement at the end of 2010.
Extract from my novel, "Just the Echo of a Sigh". (Romance)
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Description: I completed this book in November 2011. I have attached Chapter 6 as a sample. The book is available on http://www.lulu.com/duettists
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Jean I am revising my book "A Scattered Garland" Gleanings from the lives of Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler" and will republish it in two volumes soon. Volume 1: 1902 - 1947 and Volume 2: 1948 - 2003.

After that project is completed, I will continue writing the third (and final) part of my fictional series about tenor, Malcolm Craig. It will be entitled "The Long Day Closes".


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Jean I was very sorry to learn of the death of the excellent author, Elizabeth Jane Howard at the age of 90. I have read all her books and enjoyed every one of them.


message 9: by Jean

Jean I have just validated the first draft of my book "Faint Harmony" on NaNoWriMo. It is the second novel in a trilogy about singers, Malcolm Craig and Marina Dunbar. There's still quite a lot of polishing and editing ahead.


message 8: by Jean

Jean I have ordered "Greasepaint and Cordite: How ENSA Entertained the Troops During World War II"
by Andy Merriman and look forward to reading it soon.


message 7: by Jean

Jean Recently I bought "Heartbreak Hotel", the latest book by Deborah Moggach, and I look forward to reading it this weekend.


message 6: by Jean

Jean I have recently updated and enlarged my book, "A Scattered Garland: Gleanings from the Lives of Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler". Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.


message 5: by Jean

Jean I was very sorry to hear of the death of Maeve Binchy at the age of 72 yesterday. I read every one of her heart-warming books and thoroughly enjoyed them all. I looked out for a new Maeve Binchy last December and was surprised not to find her new novel on the best-sellers' shelf of the bookshop. May she rest in peace.


message 4: by Jean

Jean I have added an extract from my novel, "Just the Echo of a Sigh" to my blog at the following link:

http://jeancollen.wordpress.com/2012/...


message 3: by Jean

Jean I have added the other books I have written and published on Lulu.com to GoodReads today.


message 2: by Jean

Jean I found a slip in my PO Box today to collect a package. It must be "The Letters and Diaries of Kathleen Ferrier"! Today is Youth Day in South Africa, so I shall have to contain my excitement until tomorrow! Letters and Diaries of Kathleen Ferrier by Christopher Fifield


message 1: by Jean

Jean I own nearly the entire collection of Agatha Christie books so it will take me some time to add them to Good Reads. Agatha Christie's books are a very enjoyable and easy read on a cold winter's afternoon.


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