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About Elaine Cougler

A lifelong curiosity about how I happened to be born here in Canada makes me love history, particularly as it affects my life. Authors such as Colleen McCullough, Sharon Kay Penman and Pierre Berton have taught me that history told well, with a beating heart and a burning desire for adventure, is about as exciting and worthwhile as stories can get. When I decided to write my first full-length historical novel it was natural for me to choose Loyalists caught up in the American Revolution as I trace my roots back to members of Butler’s Rangers, a famous force under the command of Colonel John Butler, who fought valiantly for the King.

I love to imagine myself where our ancestors have trod and do just that with John and Lucy in The Loyalist’s Wife. As a young girl raised on a farm in rural Ontario by parents who believed in showing their children all that life could offer, I often stole off by myself and walked the field lane dreaming my stories or drawing with crude paper and pencil. That time alone was also special as I am part of a large family. Someone was almost always nearby.

The best thing I’ve done in my life is raise two happy, well-adjusted children who with their spouses are contributing members of our world. From that have come two precious grandchildren who allow me to live again my own childhood and my years as a young wife and mother.

Teaching was an amazing journey. I taught French, English and Computers in different high schools in Ontario.  The job was rewarding and allowed me to grow as a person and, most importantly, affect many wonderful young people’s lives. Throughout it all, I wrote bits and pieces but have done most of my writing since leaving the profession. My journey in the last few years has been to learn all I can about writing well and producing work of which I am proud. For a perfectionist, that is hard.

My husband has picked me up when I faltered, encouraged me when I flagged, and celebrated with me wholeheartedly when I succeeded. I am truly a lucky woman.

 

17 responses to “About Elaine Cougler

  1. Christine

    August 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Great site Elaine!

     
  2. H

    August 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I looked at your entry re: Mississaugas of the New Credit Pow Wow. I teach at the school there and found your concerns of acceptance and your interpretation of the the dances, regalia, and events quite interesting. This year’s Pow Wow is this weekend.

     
    • elainecougler

      August 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Danielle Thanks for commenting. We really enjoyed the Powwow last year but unfortunately can’t make it this year.

       
  3. jamie smith

    February 14, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Fell for this blog straight away. Very interesting!

     
    • elainecougler

      March 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Jamie! Thanks for visiting and writing such a sweet comment. Do you have a blog where I might reciprocate? Or a website?

       
  4. crystalwhimsey

    March 12, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Hi Elaine, I found you first on Linkedin and came over for a look. I’m so glad I did. Great content here. If you feel someone’s eye on the back of your head it’s just me following you. Thanks!

     
    • elainecougler

      March 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Thanks so much for the follow, Crystal. Knowing people are reading my posts is so gratifying and to think that I might help someone is equally satisfying. It feeds my soul, as I love to say.

       
  5. AJ Burton

    June 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Nice posts Elaine. I am a newly published author and have several ongoing writing assignments.
    I find getting someone else to read my writing is in most cases more rewarding than constantly re-editing myself. As long as you can take criticism that is.

     
  6. literary imprint

    February 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Hi Elaine! So grateful that you stopped over to visit me on The Book Trail since that’s how I discovered your blog and I’m so pleased I did! You write very well and on interesting thoughts and experiences. Have added you to my reader and will keep in touch!

     
    • Elaine Cougler

      February 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Very nice, literary imprint. thanks! I’m glad we’ve connected and will try to watch for you although it’s hard to put a face and person when you use this name. All best, Elaine

       
      • literary imprint

        February 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        Hi Elaine,
        I know I just call myself literary imprint due to work restrictions. But thanks for the comments and I will definitely be a regular visitor to your blog!
        All the best x

         
  7. An Embarrassment of Freedom

    October 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Hi! I will be meeting you at your talk tonight (within a few minutes from now!) at Coldstream Library, Middlesex Centre! I just googled to find out some more about you and see that you have a wordpress blog like I do. Mine is called…..anembarrassmentoffreedom.wordpress.com
    Looking forward to this evening’s visit! Liz

     
    • Elaine Cougler

      October 9, 2013 at 9:09 am

      So good to meet you, Liz. Good luck and great joy with your writing.

       
  8. mandyevebarnett

    October 20, 2013 at 9:54 am

    You and I have the same purpose – to share and help fellow writers. I look forward to our correspondence in the virtual community.

     
  9. darkvampirememories

    August 28, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Nice site, Elaine! :)

     

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