Carole Marshall is a former Peninsula Daily Newscolumnist. She also wrote feature stories for American Profile, a national magazine. Two of those stories were selected for HarperCollins book, Hometown Heroes, published in 2007. She has published two novels, Dearestand Reading to Jane. Her nonfiction work includes Maximum Fitness-Minimum Risk, a Simple How-to Wellness Guide for Folks with Heart Disease, Diabetes, COPD and a warmly honest sharing of loss in The Magnificent Quiet – Losing a Loved One, An Open Letter. She has also contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Carole is a graduate of the University of Washington Extension Writers’ Program: Nonfiction Writing and studied photography while living in CA. She has a novel in progress, writes health and fitness articles, and regularly adds to her Critters All framed pet poetry and photo gift collection.Born in the Bronx, New York she currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with husband Jim and two very spoiled critters.
"Carole Marshall has written this essay from the heat and heart of profound personal loss. The prose is beautiful, the telling, authentic and restrained. She writes some years after the events that upended her life, not as personal therapy, but as invitation to healing and wholeness for those who share her dark journey. Since life deals all of us loss, eventually, the piece could speak to anyone. I highly recommend this read."
DEAREST – Mimes, puppeteers, jugglers, carnies, a wayward clown, a prominent doctor, a missing bracelet with charm of seven stones. Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst, Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, Topaz – DEAREST. A fun mystery!“In a smart, quirky voice Marshall blends mystery, humor, and romance into a delightful tale to entertain readers aged teen to senior. Featuring a strong-willed female protagonist, off-beat characters, and nuggets of homespun wisdom wrapped into a storyline that speaks to difficulties we all face in trying to comprehend the absurdities of life and the complexities of family/relationships. A lighthearted story with a dark-comic twist, in short, Dearest is a fun read!”
MAXMUM FITNESS-MINIMUM RISK – Who is in charge, you or your chronic illness? Manage your health, manage your life.“This book is a great resource for those of us who have a chronic disease who may think that exercise is not an option for us. Turns out, exercise is exactly what we need and Carole explains the process/credentials of programs available to us to help us gain control of our lives again. During my years as Director of Wellness Programs, I witnessed first-hand how medically supervised programs transform lives. If you believe that because you have been given a diagnosis of heart or lung disease, diabetes, etc--that you are required to be a "couch potato," Carole's book will tell you otherwise.”
READING TO JANE At one point in time or another, this gripping three-part story is everyone’s journey.“A cathartic tale of spiritual alignment and growth. A physical and symbolic journey of unlikely characters, from disparate tragic pasts, are touched by a man who carries another of this author's trademark refrains in one pocket, while carrying his wife's remains in the other. It's another rollercoaster must-read, from my new favorite author. Carole Marshall stretched my emotional comfort level on this one. I felt myself grow as much as her characters by the end of Reading to Jane. Can't wait for her next novel! This is way more fun than therapy!”