About Carol

Always a writer

photo of Carol at work at her desk with a writing companion
Baby in the office with Carol

My mother wrote things she wanted to remember on envelopes. After she passed, I longed to come across one of those envelopes in a drawer or pocket of one of her sweaters. I wanted to see her handwriting and read what was important to her on a particular day in her life—even if it was just her grocery list. That’s the power of words.

Everyone has a story. Finding a way to tell that story starts with recognition and understanding.

My obsession with writing started with a fat pencil and lined paper. Eventually, I turned to a diary with a lock and key. I was a shy child, unsure of my voice, so writing gave me a way of expressing myself. I didn’t know it then, but years later I understood that the process of writing my story shaped who I am and how I relate to others. It helped me develop a deep sense of empathy for others.

Everyone has a story. Finding a way to tell that story comes from understanding people and relationships. It starts with family. My favorite stories to tell are those that explore family dynamics—stories with strong characters that draw readers in and encourage them to view others with a sense of compassion.

My family then,

now—and forever

pictures of statues and a sign that reads "The Larese House that Built Me"

I spent my childhood in Pennsylvania where I found inspiration in every season—moonlight across snowy hillsides, grainy mountain springtimes, the soft greens of summer, and, of course, the brilliance of fall colors.

My parents, two sisters, my brother and me made up a family of six. We lived on a country road about two miles from the nearest town. It was a treat to go to the pool, movies, roller skating—and to Harry’s Pizza Shop, where pizza was 10 cents a slice.

I met my husband at the local swimming pool. It was the August before our senior year in high school. We were married several years later on a snowy January day and moved to Maryland that fall. That was fifty-four years ago. We have two grown children, a daughter and son, who have families of their own. Our six grandchildren and great-grandchild have enriched our lives in countless ways! Family time is priceless.

Why I write

I had the privilege of working with young children while my own children were growing up. It was wonderful to see the impact stories had on their lives. There are so many wonderful books out there that not only help children develop a love of reading, but help them develop a sense of belonging.

Years later, I worked with teen parents and their little ones. While teaching parenting classes, I found that sharing personal stories about raising my family helped young mothers and fathers to open up and talk about the challenges they faced. As they shared their stories, I watched their confidence grow.

I write because…

…of the children of all ages who have come into my life over the years,
…of what I’ve learned about them and from them,
and
… I want to share what I’ve learned about the importance of caring about each other and the world we live in.

Writing has always been a part of me and who I have become as a person.

I  also write because I can’t stop.

My writing community

I am excited to announce that I have signed with Shari Maurer of The Stringer Literary Agency. It is a pleasure to work with Shari, and I am proud to be part of the Stringer Agency family.

logo for SCBWI Member for 20+ years

I am a long-time (P.A.L.) member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). I have attended many SCBWI conferences over the years. I strongly encourage aspiring writers to make this organization part of their writing lives.

Speaking of the SCBWI, the writer’s group I belong to was organized shortly after our members met at a gathering of Delaware and Maryland writers at a regional event in Wilmington. Our group has been meeting monthly for the past fourteen years at local libraries. We critique each other’s work, offer manuscript advice—and provide encouragement and inspiration to keep moving forward on projects. 

I am also a member of The Authors Guild, another wonderful organization for writers.

Things I love…

  • My family and grandkids
  • Writing and reading
  • Walking
    • I sometimes walk as many as 70 miles a week
  • Ice cream
    • maple walnut is my favorite
  • Baking 
    • The smell of homemade bread
photo of Carol's black and white cat, Jay Bird
Jay Bird
  • Cats
    • we have two spoiled cats named Jay Bird and Sir Diamond Bentley (aka Baby)
  • Dogs
    • I know all the dogs in our neighborhood and always carry dog treats with me
  • Donkeys
    • two live across the street
  • Bird watching
photo of moon at night
  • The Moon
  • Clouds
  • Beach trips
  • Drinking tea
  • Magic
  • Famous quotes
  • Journaling
  • Prayer…