Carolyn V. Hamilton


My first creative writing class was in my junior year in high school. I loved it so much (thank you, Miss Dearborn) that I repeated it in my senior year.

Forty years passed before I wrote any more short stories, poetry, or fiction.

In the meantime, I wrote just about every kind of advertising copy you can imagine: brochures, traditional print ads, speeches, radio & television commercials, direct mail letters, white papers and news releases.

From 1999 to 2001 I served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Suriname, South America. My assignment was “rural community development.” To tell the truth, I had a lot of down time in the village, where I laid happily in my hammock and read a lot of novels. Finally it struck me: why not write one?

Ever since I’d met the editor of Romantic Times on a cruise to Bermuda, I’d thought about writing a romance. After all, what could be easier? I thought.

I plunged into writing my eco-adventure romance, Hard Amazon Rain.

Little did I know that romance is perhaps the toughest genre to write. Those romance readers have real strong ideas about what they want and what they don’t want in their stories!

In Suriname, I was intrigued by the story of Elisabeth Samson, the first black woman in the country in the 18th century to get legal permission from the Dutch to marry white. I started out to tell her story in third person, but along the way this “voice” emerged. I have no idea where it came from.

Elisabeth Samson, Forbidden Bride was published by a small press in 2004. It subsequently created a furor in Suriname, where I was publicly accused of “stealing (their) black culture”.....and that’s a whole different story for another time.

By that time I was hooked on writing books. I’ve learned a lot along the way, book/tape/seminar/conference junkie that I am.

Where do I get my story ideas?

I’ve been blessed in my life with jobs and adventures that have taken me to many countries in the world and led me to meet a lot of interesting people. I take two or three of them, put them in a bottle, shake it up, and ask myself, “What if?”

I’m sure you’ve also found yourself on occasion in a situation where you thought, “You just can’t make this stuff up!”

For the record, I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington--hence the “webbed” feet-- and spent most of my adult life and career in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In Los Angeles in the 60s I got an A.A. degree in Commercial Art from Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and began my career as a Graphic Designer in the world of “Mad Men.” In the 80s I finished a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts at Antioch Seattle.

Among other things, I’ve been a secretary, sold radio time, owned an ad agency, won a bunch of awards for both advertising and community service, and am a Vintage Playboy Bunny.

Besides writing fiction, I have an internet magazine for women over 50 doing fun things:

Enough about me....what do you like to read?

You can e-mail me any time at

I’d love to hear from you.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Seattle, Washington, a city with a strong Nordic / Asian background. Now I have in mind a woman sleuth murder mystery series based there. My heroine will live on a houseboat, as I did as a young bride.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, V.C. Andrews, James W. Hall, Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, Harlan Coben, Diana Gabaldon, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Anne Rice, Anne Rivers Siddons and Pulitzer-price winning historian Barbara Tuchman. I've read more than one book by all these authors. I like a lot of different genres, so I'm always excited to discover a new author.
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Where to buy in print


The 5 Important Parts of a Successful Memoir & Why You Need Them, a Definitive Guide for Memoir Writers
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 11,730. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2020 . Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Professional development
"The 5 Important Parts of a Successful Memoir & Why You Need Them" is a fast, to-the-point, no-nonsense book that will give you the confidence to begin writing with ease. Once you implement what you discover here, you will no longer worry about how to write effectively, and you will have a strong plan for how to structure your story.
Power Editing For Memoir Writers, includes the #1 Secret to Power Up Your Writing Now!
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 15,290. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2020 . Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
A concise, practical "how-to" editing book for memoir writers. Arranged in two parts, Part One addresses the concept and structure of your story, looking at such things as motivation and conflict, the power of the 5 senses, and different types of editing. Part Two addresses active versus passive voice, tautologies, rhetorical devices, cliches, punctuation, numbers and more.
My Mind Is An Open Mouth: A Life Behind the Mic
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,490. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2014 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
With his outlandish, machine-gun rapid-fire humor, Cork Proctor has been knockin' 'em dead for sixty years. . . literally. From his first attempt at stand-up comedy as a gravedigger entertaining his co-worker to lounges and showrooms around the world--on land and sea--this left-handed, dyslexic, two-time high school dropout has not only seen it all, he tells it all.