Constance Bell Lindgreen
Matriculated in 1962 in Annapolis.
Dec 2019 selfie...
Constance (Bell) Lindgreen grew up on the move, following her peripatetic aerospace-scientist father and poet mother to at least twenty cities, and resulting in an incurable case of wanderlust and love of discovery. After graduating from St. John's in the Klein/Kaplan/Zuckerkandl era, she applied her knowledge of grammar, rhetoric, and logic to a career as an international executive at a large IT firm. She worked in the US, England, and Denmark, before retiring to France.
A chance encounter with Nanowrimo pushed her to try her hand at novellas. After joining the Crossroads Writers Club of Fontainebleau in 2013, she aimed for a larger audience, both in France and the U.S.
2015: "A Restaurant in Venice" was won Runner-Up in the 2015 competition of The International Club of Bordeaux.
2016: "A Case in Point," was selected for inclusion in the Gascony Writers 2016 Anthology. "A Case in Point" received a Special Mention in the 2017 Pushcart Prize XLII.
2017: September: Korongo Press published Blue Fountain, an anthology of works by the Crossroads Writers Club, which includes three of her works.
December: "Lost and Found" and "It's in the Bag" won the Silver Medal and Judges Pick prizes in the 2017 Creative Writing Institute's competition. Both were published in CWI's themed Anthology, Lost!.
2019: October: Kaleidoscope, Short works from the Crossroads Writers Club of Fontainebleau, which she co-edited, was published in October 2019. It contains several short stories and poems.
December: In her role as translator, she produced the English version of a survey of artistic and cultural interchanges between French and North American painters, sculptors and musicians: "Destins Croisés/Intertwined Destinies - Montigny sur Loing et les Américains.".
She is also currently at work on a novel set in 1850s Denmark, and a collection of short stories.
LinksAuthors Guild Website
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Publishing a Life's Work, from The College, Oct 2017 - with my poet-Mother
List of Publications
- Kaleidoscope: Short Works from the Crossroads Writers Club of Fontainebleau (2019)
- Destins Croisés/Intertwined Destinies - Montigny-sur-Loing & les Américains (2019)
- Blue Fountain: Short Stories by the Crossroads Writers Club (2017)
- Lost! (2017)
- Gascony Writers Anthology (2016)
- The Best: First Annual Short Story Competition, 2015, International Club of Bordeaux (2015)
Kaleidoscope: Short Works from the Crossroads Writers Club of Fontainebleau (short stories and poems)
Year of publication: 2019
Publisher: Independently published
Genre: short stories, memoirs, poems
Description: A bewildered couple thrown together by a train wreck, a long-forgotten half-brother to Louis XIV, a burka-covered woman who is anything but modest, a migrant boy who finds his home, teenagers linked by a firefly go-between, a woman torn between piety and primitive passion, rough-and-ready mechanics whose livelihood is threatened by the Mafia, a non-conformist sunflower, a young woman driven by teen-age loss who stumbles over a family secret, and a mysterious guardian guide for Joan of Arc—these are only a few of the intriguing and vivid characters you’ll meet in this anthology. Drawing on the authors' experiences, and set in locations echoing their peripatetic lives—Jamaica, France, Pakistan, India, St. Kitts, Italy, Mexico, Singapore, England, the Netherlands, and the United States—these short works illuminate moments that offer growth, redemption, forgiveness, and adventure, laughter, and love, each a part of the glorious pattern of life's kaleidoscope. .
Publication LinksKaleidoscope: Click here to buy on Amazon
Destins Croisés/Intertwined Destinies - Montigny-sur-Loing & les Américains (Translator, researcher)
Year of publication: 2019
Publisher: Association de Sauvegarde de Montigny et de son Environment.
Genre: Bilingual cultural history
Description: A richly-illustrated cultural history that traces the links between French and North American painters, sculptors, ceramicists, musicians, fil-makes, and others who lived and worked in Montigny from the 19th century onwards. Intertwined Destinies" explores and illustrates more than two centuries of shared history, creating a special link between Americans and Canadians and the citizens of Montigny-sur-Loing.
Publication LinksDestins Croisés: Click here to buy. Ships from France.
Blue Fountain: Short Stories by the Crossroads Writers Club (3 short stories)
Year of publication: 2017
Publisher: Korongo Books
Genre: short stories
Description: The members of the Crossroads Writers Club hail from seven different countries, including Colombia, France, and the Netherlands. Writing in English, they meet once a month somewhere in Fontainebleau Forest--a region dotted with towns, small villages, and hamlets--to share their works in progress. In their debut publication, you'll meet a necromancer who crashes a forest picnic, a refugee from Kosovo who bewitches a London widower, an elegant wife confined to a Colombian coffee plantation, a Japanese salaryman at a turning point. You'll travel to the island of Madagascar; the Italian countryside; a Corsican village; a Welsh mining town. Some stories are based on real events, and some are pure flights of the imagination. Their geographic scope and cultural diversity are a tribute to Crossroads, the club's parent organization, a nonprofit association that brings together an international assortment of English speakers who just happen to live in or near Fontainebleau, France.
Publication LinksBlue Fountain: Click her to buy on Amazon
Lost! (two prize-winning short stories)
Year of publication: 2017
Publisher: Southern Star Publications
Description: Creative Writing Institute's fifth anthology collection of 30 themed stories centered on the sentence, "I am completely and utterly lost." Genres include general fiction, romance, humor, inspirations, sci-fi and fantasy. "Lost and Found" received second prize/Silver Medal and "It's in the Bag" was named as Judge's Pick.
Publication LinksLost!: Click to buy on Amazon
Gascony Writers Anthology (Short story)
Year of publication: 2016
Publisher: Gascony Writers
Description: Short stories. "A Case in Point," received Special Mention in the 2018 Pushcart Prize XLII. ISBN 978-2-9556997-0-6. Reprints available from the author.
The Best: First Annual Short Story Competition, 2015, International Club of Bordeaux (Short story)
Year of publication: 2015
Publisher: International Club of Bordeaux, e-book only, on Amazon
Description: "A Restaurant in Venice" observes a young boy on the verge of manhood.