I'm the Carolyn White who used to write articles primarily for Colorado Central, Farm Show, Colorado Life, and IDAHO magazines, in addition to a column called "Living the Good Life" for the weekly periodical, Rocky Mountain Fence Post — not the Carolyn White who writes cookbooks, political satire, or novels about Irish Fairies!
'White' isn't my real name, anyhow; it's a pseudonym. My friends call me Carolyn, Miss Caroline, or Carolinee Coleman!
I grew up in the beautiful and historic city of Marietta, Ohio, doing a lot of the things kids don't get to do these days: roller-skating, chasing after lightening bugs, horseback riding, camping, caving, backpacking and in general, spending all my time outdoors. On the side, I always had some type of camera in my hand (remember the Swinger?) and a notebook to write in. My secret dream was to become a published freelance writer.
Thirty years later, here I am! It took a lot of hard work and perseverance to get off the ground (thank goodness my parents taught me to have a real job, as well), but the efforts have been worth it. These days, doing what I've always loved — "talking story" (an expression learned during a winter in Hawaii) —
has made all the difference in the world.
As work has progressed on book three in this series, I've had lots of time to think about those growing-up years in Ohio and the friends who made all those years special. "Like a Swarm of Locusts" explores, honors, and definitely pokes fun at those lifelong friendships, most of which are still very active today; after all, those smart, savvy, wise, and often hilarious ladies gave me a head start on this adventure-filled journey to begin with!
I hope that anyone who has ever longed to step out of their comfort zones will find inspiration after reading the stories to come, as well as those that were published in the first two installments. From new readers, to those who've been following along since the beginning, thank you for the support. I hope to keep these book coming as long as I'm able to write!
Remember the words to one of my favorite songs, if you can't be yourself, you can't be anybody.
Follow your dreams.