Thursday, August 16, 2018

Carol Cook

Carol Cook

Born and raised in Ohio farm country, Carol moved to California at the age of eighteen and kept going....going to places she read about as a child and places she had only dreamed about. As the wife of a career Marine Aviator, she found herself moving constantly, living in and traveling to seven countries and thirty-nine states before settling in Texas. Along the way she sat down at kitchen tables to write short stories and poetry, touching on the lives of those she met during her travels, the odd and fascinating sorts, and the interesting and adventurous who crossed her path. She wrote about friends, family, and herself, touching on the zany-fun and humorous incidents of life. She included failures, losses, and heartbreaking experiences, as well as the odd, humorous, unique mishaps experienced.

Carol wrote incessantly in journals, sharing her stories and poems on how she, and those around her, survived the insanity of life, publishing them in magazines and newspapers over the years. But she would travel half way around the world before settling down to publish her poems and humorous stories in books.

During her traveling years she took time to skip through four community and state colleges, submersed herself in writing workshops and programs while juggling work and raising her daughters. One piece of advice she took to heart and followed was from Rod McKuhn, whom she met at coffee house poetry readings in the early 1960's. "Try writing free verse", he advised; so she has combined her rhyming and free verse poetry in five books, bringing comments from readers and fellow writers who describe her work as lyrical, haunting, captivating, and humorous.

Carol is a member of the Authors Guild in New York, the Texas Authors Association, and the Poetry Society of Texas. She has published five books of poetry, two books of humorous short stories, and has a movie script produced. She does free lance contributions to newspapers and magazines, speaks to adults and children on the joy and importance of writing, and volunteers with a children's charity in her town. She is married to nationally accredited Water Color Artist Robert W. Cook, they live beside a lake where they write and paint.

 

What Happened

What Happenede

Fiction, Short Stories, Women.

A collection of short stories boarding on paranoia attributed to love, failure, jobs, marriage, and the decline of mind and body. A vivid accounting of innocence, coming of age, and the mysteries of forgetting and wanting to forget are finally divulged. Here is a rare glance at the portraits of life and a comical summarization of how we cope with the confounded hand life deals us. Witty, wise, truths in light hearted small talk.

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Yesterday Today Tomorrow

Yesterday Today Tomorrow

Women, Poetry.

A Collection of captivating, soulful poetry expounding on the excitement, season of life, the leave talking, and times we imagined life would always be.

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Why Didn't Someone Tell Me?

Why Didn't Someone Tell Me?

Fiction, Short Stories, Women.

A collection of short stories and vignettes, sketches of the confusion and madness from the swagger of youth to the stagger of age. Take a quick peek behind the curtain of living to view our darkest mysteries; with a twist. Finding the perfect bra, surviving driving with young children, to the woes of maintaining an aging body. Find yourself among the pages as you laugh and see what is real and what has confused us for years. Edgy, funny, and entertaining!

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Hearts Under the Moon

Hearts Under the Moon

Women, Poetry.

Poetry, verse and follies recounting the joy and sorrow of love, life, and happiness; a book to read again and again.

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