About Carol Louise Wilde

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Carol Louise Wilde


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.


  • crubin

    February 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Looking forward to exploring your site. I come from a science background myself and am now venturing out into the world of writing…

  • cwuenschell

    February 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm Reply

    Thanks for dropping in. As you can see, I’m just getting started – much to learn. I also noted that your background is similar to mine, and I’m looking forward to seeing your book when it comes out. (Keep writing… Don’t stop!)

  • sharechair

    July 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for the ‘related articles’ mention! That is thrilling for me. And I’m delighted that this pingback has brought me to your blog. I have always enjoyed words and language. My very favorite podcast is “A Way With Words”. I learn so much, it’s entertaining and just plain fun to listen to. I’m guessing you’re quite familiar with it, but if not, make sure you give it a listen.

    • Carol Wuenschell

      July 7, 2012 at 12:58 am Reply

      I don’t really know anything about podcasts. I guess I’m old-fashioned in that regard. But your description of your love of language is something I can relate to. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Audrey Kalman

    December 11, 2014 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Hi Carol–I just saw your post that Conversational Wordsmith is moving over here. I would love to follow you here but don’t see the convenient “follow” button that WordPress supplies, which brings new posts directly to my in-box. I’m afraid if I don’t have such a thing, I will neglect to come here–not intentionally, just because I won’t remember. Is there a way to offer a “follow” option here? Or does one exist and I’m being dense and not seeing it?

  • Anne Louise Bannon

    March 11, 2015 at 10:28 pm Reply

    Looks good, Carol. And you *are* very talented!

    • cwuenschell@gmail.com

      March 11, 2015 at 11:43 pm Reply

      Well, thank you, Anne. Talents come in many shapes and sizes and you also have yours. Writing mysteries, for example, which I consider a difficult genre. And you did a really great speaking job at your book signing. That’s a harder one for me.

  • Gina Barlean

    March 11, 2015 at 10:46 pm Reply

    Nice biography!

    • cwuenschell@gmail.com

      March 11, 2015 at 11:44 pm Reply

      Thanks, Gina!

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