Author Visits

And library visits, and doing talks or workshops for teens and adults…

About the Author

Carol Larese Millward’s first novel, written in three lined notebooks during her freshman year of high school, was about identical twin sisters. While being circulated and read by friends, the notebooks were misplaced and lost forever. But, her love of writing and desire to share her stories with others continued.

Carol’s debut young adult novel, Star in the Middle (WestSide Books, 2009 and Amazon Kindle, 2019), was inspired by her work as a family advocate and parent educator. Carol worked with young adults and their babies up close and personal in their homes and in group settings through Family Support and Education Centers. After leaving her position, those voices stayed with her, as did her interest in promoting teen awareness through pregnancy prevention programs. She continued to research the topics of teen pregnancy and parenting and knew Star in the Middle was a book she was meant to write.

Carol spends most of her time writing contemporary young adult fiction, exploring the issues teens face, but has recently returned to writing stories for young children as well.

When she’s not writing, Carol enjoys spending time with her husband, their two children and their families, and two spunky cats. She has six grandchildren, including a set of twin girls, and a great-grandchild. She enjoys walking with friends and/or her fictional characters, taking photos, baking, and tending to her many house plants. 


Please contact me for details about planning an event for you and your class or book club.

I will donate a physical copy of Star in the Middle to organizations that schedule an event.

Author Talks

As an author, it is rewarding during school visits to see how young adults relate to fictional characters, and how those characters spark important conversations about difficult issues facing teens. 

I enjoy visiting schools and book clubs to talk about my life as an author, and the experiences that led me to write. I talk to students about the importance of journaling in getting to know themselves and others. I discuss the writing process, and the tools necessary to finding success.

My work with teen parents and their families has definitely made me aware of how an unplanned pregnancy can change young lives. Discussing the importance of making good choices, staying in school, and having empathy for others are just a few of the topics that we discuss.

I am available to talk to school, library, and book groups about my book and writing life. Below is a list of topics to choose from, but I also would enjoy hearing possible discussion and workshop topics from teachers and librarians. 


Empathy: a powerful tool in story telling

Finding the truth in story: blending fact and fiction 

Making your story come to life

How reading is a necessary part of writing

How to get started: a powerful first sentence

Finding a satisfying ending

Journaling: make time to write it down

photo of Carol on WBAL TV11 November 7, 2010 (Baltimore)
Carol interviewed on Baltimore TV station
photo of a School Visit
A School Visit
photo of Carol at a book signing
A Booksigning
photo of a Library Visit
A School Library Visit