Hi, I’m Carol Balawyder. I write women’s fiction and domestic crime novels.

My  Getting to Mr. Right Series helped me process my anger and hurt after my marriage fell apart while my mother and sister’s deaths pulled me to write  Mourning Has Broken – a memoire on grief.

I am currently retired from teaching Corrections and Police Technology – a criminologist interested in the psycho-socio-political-economical aspects of crime.

So far, I have two crime novels: Warning Signs, A psychological suspense novel and Just Before Sunrise, a coming of age, domestic crime novel.

My dog Bau, is at times my PR agent, my writing/photography project and muse. His utterly unembarrassed confidence keeps me balanced and adds a touch of humor to my life.

I also post interviews with writers on how they got published, short posts on famous writers’ desks, Female Nobel Prize Winners for literature, femme fatales, My India, Ten Great First Dates and some of my own short stories as well as book reviews of bloggers I follow. Feel free to browse and perhaps connect.

I am a member of Sister’s in Crime, The Quebec Writers’ Federation and have an author profile on Facebook and Amazon.

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From Montreal, Quebec, I hold an undergraduate degree in English Literature, and a Master’s degree in criminology, both from the University of Montreal.  I have published fiction in Room Magazine, The Canadian Anthology of Fiction, Between the Lines, and Carte Blanche, and published fiction online at I was given an honorary mention for a play submitted to The Canadian Playwright Competition.

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Thank you for stopping by.


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  1. Carol, you’re a peach taking the time to check out my blog About Me. I look forward to our interview on How I Got Published.Please let me know your address so I may sent a couple of books to you. Kindle has a code I can send or I can mail paperbacks from my collection at home. Let’s be friends, okay?


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    • Hi Charmaine,
      Such a lovely e-mail. I wouldn’t mind receiving a paperback from you. Although I read quite a bit on my Kindle I still prefer paper copies. Thank you for your warm offer of friendship. Yes, let’s be friends. 🙂

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  2. I am happy to have met you via our mutual friend Debby Gies, who I see has helped you find your perfect book cover. You are an accomplished author, as I’ve seen poking around on your website. Thank you for visiting mine today, Carol. You are always welcome.

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  3. How’d I miss reading about YOU before? Fascinating, the twists and turns that lead us to writing. I’ve just finished reading Missi’s dating adventures and reviewed the book on your Amazon page. Fabulous read!

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  4. Hi Carol, I’ve read Not By Design and would like to post a review on my blog. If you would like I can include some additional information that is listed on my review policy at . I loved Not By Design and read it in one sitting. I could not put it down. I’m looking forward to hearing from you. My contact information is also listed in my review Policy. Thanks so much.
    PS I will also post a review on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, and Goodreads.

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  5. Do you have a paperback version of Not by Design book, Carol? I am on Amazon and cannot find a link to paperback and would like to purchase your book! Hopefully, you may be able to get back to me soon. . . There’s only a Kindle version so far. . . hugs, Robin xo

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    • Thank you so much Robin, for your interest in my book Not By Design. Unfortunately, I only have an e-book version. The Kindle version however can be downloaded on different devices. Hugs to you too, xxx


  6. What a great story, Carol! Very moving and interesting! Brings back in the years I did everything, mostly all the mistakes, studying, living with mum and not listening to her righteous words, oooh, we women we do go through lots of stories, books can be written, yeah, we have lots to write about hahaha! I need to read all about that dating, if only you got my story right in dating hehe! I am so glad we found each other. I need to keep my going with my mouse at other titles on yours,. I am going to read a bit now. Thank you for joining me and I am glad I joined you too. Let the journey take its toll. Happy Weekend!

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    • Thank you for guiding me to your incredibly beautiful tribute to your brother. It is one of the most touching pieces of writing that I have read regarding the death of a loved one. You are a very talented writer and I am so appreciative of you and your meditative voice. Thank you.

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  9. Dear Carol,

    I am unsure as to which one is your main page, and therefore I shall also submit a comment here, not to mention that I have been very impressed by what I have explored on your blog so far.

    I have enjoyed perusing all of your pages and many of your recent posts. What a series of accomplishments you have achieved and amassed, particularly in Women’s Fictions and Crime Novels as well as Memoir, Photography and Short Stories!

    I would like to inform you that when you visit my blog, it is preferrable to use a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen to view the rich multimedia contents available for heightening your multisensory enjoyment at my blog, which could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.

    Furthermore, since my intricate blog contains advanced styling and multimedia components plus dynamic animations, it is advisable to avoid viewing the contents of my blog using the WordPress Reader, which cannot show many of the advanced features and animations in my posts and pages. It is best to read the posts and pages directly in my blog so that you will be able to savour and relish all of the refined and glorious details plus animations.

    All in all, you are very welcome to savour my music, poems, essays, art, graphics, illustrations and animations on my blog. In addition, please turn on your finest speakers or headphones, as some posts and pages will be playing music to you automatically. A lot of the music presented is my own musical compositions. Please enjoy! I look forward to reading your thoughts and feedback there.

    I am delighted that you have found the time to visit and comment on one of my pages entitled “Blogging 💻“. Thank you. I would like to offer you even more of my useful toolkits, one of which is a comprehensive resource designed for writers, editors, publishers and reviewers who wish to systematically evaluate and determine the quality of a book or manuscript, whether it is written by themselves or others. It is available at

    The said Manuscript Assessment Criteria page provides a complete checklist for writers to evaluate and inspect their own works (either by themselves or with a group of readers or editors) before submitting their manuscripts to publishers, and also during successive edits after the previous submission(s) and before the next submission.

    Please enjoy the resource to your heart’s content. You are very welcome to submit your feedback in the comment section there, should you think of something for me to include in the Manuscript Assessment Criteria, or if you have something to say about it.

    I have already visited a large number of your posts and pages on your excellent blog, which is a solid testament to your commendable productivity and achievements. I can also see that you have had many publications over the years, especially in Women’s Fictions and Crime Novels. Keep up the good work!

    May you find 2022 very much to your liking and highly conducive to your publishing, writing, reading, thinking and blogging whatever topics that appeal to your intellectual exploration, literary expression, artistic output and creative flair!

    Yours sincerely,


  10. Hi
    I can read you biography. So nice written you blog. Nice your interest, good tenant,good knowledge. I like. Are you Indian?


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