A Creative Approach Podcast
About This Show
Karen began her life in the Canadian prairies followed by several years of studying medicine in Montreal. Marriage, family, and career brought her to California where “Snow is optional. You can drive to it.” With a large extended, blended family and a love of travel, Karen’s hobby of scrapbooking has endless resources. An enthusiastic world traveler, she still has the continents of South America and Antartica to cross off her list. Karen loves meeting her network of online friends on her journeys. Karen came to podcasting through scrapbooking and has been a co-host on "The Digiscrap Geek Podcast" (now on hiatus) and a guest on many other shows including a recent episode of “Shift Your Story” with Beca Lewis.
Karen remains a licensed physician in California, though currently retired. Karen has wide ranging interests including podcasting, blogging, medicine, and scrapbooking. She is a self-admitted genealogy nut, and life-long learner of art, history, science, business and anthropology with a passion for a sustainable world. She is an artist and a student and is fascinated by people's stories of creating who they are and what they do. She is delighted to share her conversations on “A Creative Approach Podcast.”
Most Recent Episode
32: Creating Your Own Category with the Scrapbook Novels Author, Caroline Preston
Have you ever thought of doing something creative that has never been done before? My guest today, author and archivist Caroline Preston, is the creator of a whole new genre of literature. Her books and stories are exciting and revealing, combining her passions of writing and storytelling in a new and creative way. Ironically, Caroline’s mother kept scrapbooks and made collages, which were a significant part of Caroline’s past. She went on to work as an archivist at a museum in Salem, Massachusetts, before embarking on her writing career. Her latest book is the second of her “scrapbook novels.” Following the Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, The War Bride’s Scrapbook, is “a World War II love story, narrated through a new bride’s dazzling array of vintage postcards, newspaper clippings, photographs, and more.” In this novel, “Caroline Preston has once again pulled from her own extraordinary collection of vintage memorabilia, transporting us back to the lively, tumultuous 1940’s and introducing us to an unforgettable, ambitious heroine who must learn to reconcile a wartime marriage with a newfound self-confidence.” I hope you enjoy this conversation with a truly inspirational creative, Caroline Preston. What you’ll hear in this episode: Caroline’s roundabout path to being an author How scrapbooks tell the story of World War II The uncertainty of people’s lives during the WWII era How women accepted their rules but were early codebreakers in emergent feminism, which is a theme in the book The advertising messages for women during the era The main character in the book, and what she leaves behind Understanding what people’s lives were in history and how they influenced those that came after them Why people didn’t think their stories were even important Piecing together clippings, headlines, manuals, and flyers to tell the story Caroline’s new approach: scrapbook novels with real material and artifacts What “transformative use” means regarding permissions How the “scrapbook novel” idea came to Caroline Caroline’s archival work in Salem, MA How women’s lives are told in history through letters Putting it all together to tell a story With new technology, will our stories even be findable and retrievable in the future?
Episodes of This Show
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Dec 13 2017