Author Carolyn McPherson is a prize-winning poet who has written on a variety of subjects, including non-fiction articles and books about the Great Lakes, as well as the scourge of those Lakes, zebra mussels. For six years she was a radio commentator for an NPR station. She spent many years as a strategist and campaign manager, and served as Chief Speechwriter for the Lt. Governor of Michigan. She has also written books on adoption, and two quilting mysteries. In recent years McPherson has taken up painting on her computer, and exhibits at locations around Charlottesville and Central Virginia.