Perhaps her interest in horses came from her maternal grandfather, who was a coachman for Lady Buxton in England during the late 1800s. She recalls being fascinated with his stories of her extensive rail travel throughout the U.K., which required him to load the team of horses onto a railcar along with the ornate carriage, and to care for them along the way.
Carol’s inherent sense of the equine spirit led to a successful career as an Arabian horse breeder for over forty years in Santa Cruz County, California. During that time, she also worked as an equine veterinary assistant, and the combined careers allowed her to interact with a diverse complement of trainers, riders, and breeders from all over the world.
She was born on Mare Island, California, to a U.S. Navy officer and his wife. The relocation of their small family every few years instilled in her a fondness for travel which she has shared with her husband, Bob, for 35 years. Their three grown children like to journey with them when they can, and all members of the family reside in California.
Who’s to Say Where the Wind Will Blow began as a seed planted by her grandson, Brent, who at age ten, accompanied them on one of their trips to Ireland. The magnificence of the castle where they stayed in County Limerick prompted Brent to say, “What a wonderful place for children to grow up.”
Those images and his words brought comfort to her during her convalescence following an accident which resulted in her retirement from horse-breeding. Laura and Liam came to life as her own personal sign that adversity can be the driving force for recovery. The characters have journeyed with her from New York to Dublin, Vienna to Rome and beyond, all of which serve as vivid backdrops for the many scenes in which Laura and Liam share joy and overcome challenges in the deepening of their moral fiber.
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Who's to Say Where The Wind Will Blow
Eight-year-old Laura is left in the care of her wealthy father’s staff after her mother dies. She and a horse trainer’s son, Liam, explore the estate on their horses, they discover a hideaway for playing, but it soon becomes a refuge when new arrivals threaten their lives.Fighting temptation, their moral fiber is tested as they take on allies and adversaries, who would unravel their secret.
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