A Countess in Limbo


Just in time for the holidays, “A Countess In Limbo” is now available on Amazon and Archway Publishing as an e-book. Also in hardcover and paperback as well.

Fantastic News

My book “The Countess In Limbo” won the book to film Pitchfest in Los Angeles. Over 100 authors participated. This does not necessarily mean that the book will be made into a film…but there is a chance. Winning gave me the opportunity to have a Skype pitch to Golden Globe winner Cathy Conrad.



The Pitchfest in Hollywood was a success! There were over 100 participants pitching to movie representatives. My book, A Countess In Limbo WON! Let`s hope that this translates into a movie!


Over 100 authors took part in the November 2016 Pitchfest in Hollywood. Pleased that my book “A Countess In Limbo” won the Pitchfest. I had the most requests for the book. Let`s hope that this will translate into a movie someday.

1958 photo for a Calgary Herald article shows Sue Carscallen’s Grandmother

The Canadian side of the family loved books .

Calgary Women's Literary Club

1958 Photo of Calgary Women's Literary Club members 50 Years Ago members of the Calgary Women’s Literary Club petitioned for Calgary’s first Library

To put our Calgary Women’s Literary Club’s longevity into perspective, current member Sue Carscallen shared this 1958 photo from her Grandmother’s collection. On the back are these words:

Members of the Calgary Women’s Literary Club which 50 years ago sent its members out to petition for a library met for the last time Tuesday in the Lecture Hall of the Memorial Park Library after 46 years of weekly sessions in the Library they founded. Pictured are long time members Mrs. S.N. Carscallen (Honorary Life Member), Mrs. Olmstead (President) and Mrs. Mayhood. They are holding a plaque which is inscribed in memory of Annie Davidson who was instrumental in founding the Carnegie Library in Calgary.

From Calgary Herald

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Extras. Watch CTV interview, regarding the book ” A Countess In Limbo” Diaries in War and Revolution: Russia 1914 – 1920   France 1939 – 1947 These diaries were found in an old trunk by Countess Hendrikoff’s great niece Sue Carscallen. They were subsequently published by Inkflight an imprint of Engage Books. A wonderful read for history buffs and general interest readers.

About the Author and Editor

About the Author, Countess Olga Hendrikoff

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Countess Olga Hendrikoff (née Zweguintzoff) was born in 1892 in Voronezh, Russia, to a family of working Russian aristocrats. Her father Nicholas Zweguintzoff was appointed the Russian governor of Riga, Latvia in 1905. She attended the famous Smolny Institute, an elite, progressive school founded by Catherine the Great. It was at the Smolny Institute that Olga became fluent in five languages and developed a love of history, art, music, and literature. In 1914, she married Count Peter Hendrikoff, World War I began, and the Russian revolution followed. While working for a time for the British in Constantinople, Olga managed to regroup with various family members and subsequently settled with them in Rome. Later, in the mid 1920’s, a move to Paris reunited her with her mother and stepfather. Finding life in France very difficult after World War II the Countess moved to Philadelphia to live with a cousin and his family. Her last twenty years were spent in Calgary with her sister, and her niece’s family. She spent her days corresponding with friends and relatives and writing her Russian memoir. She passed away in 1987 in her adopted country of Canada which so reminded her of her beloved Russia that she had left behind .

The Editor, Sue Carscallen is on the far left, with the Countess in the centre in this rare photograph of the Countess in Calgary in 1958.
The Editor, Sue Carscallen is on the far left, with the Countess in the centre in Calgary in 1958.


About the Editor, Sue Carscallen Sue Carscallen

My great aunt Countess Olga Hendrikoff left an old, beat-up trunk containing a Russian longhand manuscript detailing her escape from Russia as well as a typed manuscript in French recounting life in France during World War II.

What an exciting adventure and privilege it has been to unravel the many mysteries hidden in the pages of these old manuscripts. My background in teaching ESL, an interest in history, photography, and of course, having spent twenty years with my great aunt as part of our family prepared me for this four year pilgrimage into the past. This journey has taken me to France and more recently to Russia, the peasant village of Petrovskoye and the ruins of my great aunt’s home. The Countess’ message of peace, hope, and forgiveness is still as fresh and relevant as it was when the manuscripts were written.