Carol was born and raised in Southern California. Her father was a history professor, her mother an avid horsewoman and life-long learner who read to her children. Carol was a voracious reader as a child and often spun stories in her head. While she sometimes dreamed of writing them down some day, she didn’t consider the idea practical. No one in her family had ever done such a thing and she was pretty sure it required talent.
Instead Carol pursued an interest in biology and a manifest talent for drawing by studying biology and art in college with the idea of becoming a biological illustrator. That career plan led to an MA in biological illustration at the same time that it morphed into a desire to do scientific research – which, in turn, culminated in a PhD in biology from UCLA. At this point Carol decided she probably had enough degrees and it was time to try to do something with one of them. After some postdoctoral studies, she found her way into a research faculty position at USC where she tried very hard for eight years to build a career as a research scientist. What Carol learned from this was that she was good at formulating hypotheses to test – which was rather like story-spinning – but that being a successful practicing scientist required other talents that were not among her strengths. Writing clear, persuasive scientific prose was a strength, however, and Carol turned to doing scientific text editing after becoming a fugitive from academic science in 2008.
It was while in graduate school that Carol first got her hands on a computer with word-processing software. That transformative technology together with some stolen time produced an abortive 300-page fiction manuscript that resides in a box on a shelf somewhere. A spark had been kindled, however: Carol had discovered she had more talent than she thought. The demands of career and motherhood got in the way for more than a decade until 2002 when Carol began work on The Nagaro Chronicle. She began writing in the spring of that year and has not stopped since.
Carol continues to live in Southern California. She has been married for an amazingly long time to a man she met in high school. She and her husband have two sons.