Rose Senehi: Chasing the dream

The novel takes place on that farm up on Fenner Road, which is now owned by her son and his family.

"I'm now very well read with my two books in the south and once you get a reader, they want to read everything you wrote," she said.

Now readers in the south are discovering her first two novels from Upstate New York and are enjoying them.

"People who've never been north are reading about Cazenovia," she said.

Senehi worked as a reporter for several years before becoming the corporate marketing director of The Pyramid Companies. She opened shopping malls throughout the Northeast and drew from this highly charged environment to write 'Windfall,' her second novel, a book about a woman opening malls.

The move

"One cold, hard winter's day in 1996, a headhunter called me," she said. "It was ten degrees in Upstate, NY, and I was overspent on my mall snow removal budget and it was only January. I glanced at the USA Today map and saw it was 70 degrees in Myrtle Beach and jumped at the offer to manage the Myrtle Beach Factory Stores."

With the change of scenery, Senehi's third novel, "Pelican Watch," reflects her warm feelings for the South and the people on the South Carolina Coast who are fighting to preserve the nesting grounds of the Loggerhead turtle.

"Natives of South Carolina, as well as transplants from the north, are more and more aware of the value of our environment and the endangered animals such as the loggerhead turtle," she said. "Writing 'Pelican Watch' gave me a wonderful opportunity to express my love of the south and its unique charm, and tell the story of the folks who are working to preserve it."

"Pelican Watch has everything I look for in a great read: colorful sentences, memorable characters, and a plot that keeps you turning the pages. It's a book I gladly and joyfully recommend!" -- Cassandra King, author of "The Sunday Wife"

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