Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. It’s one of the
hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh
rewrite hasn’t quite done it. - Michael Crichton

Carol cooley

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An avid doodler, Carol’s writing journey began like many writers – through reading and the love of story. She is a ritualistic journaler, and never without a novel, short story collection, or memoir tucked under her arm. She’s grateful for her many writing mentors and teachers, including Authors Angela-Davis Gardner and Peggy Payne.

Carol’s essays and short fiction have been selected for numerous anthologies, including essay collections by Creative Nonfiction and SUNY Press. Her essay featured in the Unruly Catholic Women Writers collection was reviewed in 2013 by Marginalia:. “Our Father Who?”, an essay by Carol Cooley, shares Colona’s open-minded inquiry and reflects the best of Unruly Catholic Women. The collection was a Finalist in the 2013 ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year Award. An advocate for end-of-life care, she is also a contributing author to a CNF book blog which featured her essay, A Figurative Death.

In 2013, Carol’s short fiction was chosen as a Finalist for the American Fiction Prize, titled American Fiction, Volume 13: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers. The anthology was published in October 2014 by New Rivers Press and in 2015 won the 25th annual Midwest Book Award. Carol was a Finalist in the 2010 North Carolina Literary Review’s Doris Betts fiction contest and received an Honorable Mention in 2011. She also received an Honorable Mention from the Glimmer Train Press in 2011.

Raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carol earned a BS in Health Sciences and a Master’s degree from Duquesne University. In addition to writing, Carol works as a healthcare professional with seniors, disabled adults, and patient advocacy. She also leads prompt writing workshops in Raleigh and Wake Forest, North Carolina. Married with two children, she lives in Wake Forest, NC.

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