IMG_1079As a child, Caro Kinkead was told Dr. Seuss’ job was “writing books,” and decided she wanted to do that when she grew up – along with being a ballerina and an archeologist and about a dozen other things. A fear of snakes signaled the end of her ambition to find the next Tutankamon’s tomb, the dancing (and acting) didn’t quite pan out, but the love of writing remained, allowing her to enjoy those varied careers and more in her imagination.

Born and raised in Houston, TX, Caro grew up in a family of readers, where she developed a love of science fiction and fantasy thanks to her father, and old movies and the art of costuming from her mother. A natural “ham,” she performed with local theater groups and attended the prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, majoring in drama to no one’s surprise.

IMG_0464Nor was her family surprised when that training led her west to Los Angeles, following in the footsteps of so many before her in an attempt to discover fame and fortune – or at least a steady acting gig that would pay the bills. She managed to pay the bills, but her ambition slowly shifted from in front of the camera to the keyboard, and from scripts to prose. There are, however, a few fragments of an Oscar acceptance speech filed away. Just in case. She didn’t abandon acting entirely, participating for a decade in the Renaissance Pleasure Faire and enjoying costuming at local science fiction conventions.

IMG_0811For over a decade, she has participated in the November madness known as National Novel Writing Month, “winning” most of her attempts to write 50,000 words in 30 days while surviving Thanksgiving. For the past few years, she has posted a quote and some thoughts each day of November fher fellow writers. These essays became the foundation of or Surviving 30 Days of Literary Madness, a daybook of encouragement and support for those participating in NaNoWriMo.

She and her husband share a home in the Los Angeles area with their two cats, a sizeable book collection, and more yarn than she’d care to admit to. Knitting comes second to writing, though, and Caro is currently revising the first book in her contemporary romance series set in the fictional town of Henry’s Mills, CT, scheduled to be published in 2017.


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