Carol Newman Cronin


Carol Newman Cronin has sailed and written fiction since she was a child. In 2004, she crowned a lifetime of competitive achievement by winning two races for the USA at the Olympics. A member of the elite US Sailing Team from 2001–2007, she has won numerous national and international sailing championships. Since retiring from Olympic sailing, Carol has focused on writing and graphic design from her home office in Jamestown, RI.

"As an Olympic sailor and author, I’m often asked about the link between the two. Sailing and writing have both been important to me since childhood. One of my earliest happy memories is of pushing a tiller and having the boat turn, a kind of power most kids are denied until they are old enough for a bicycle. Another early memory involves creating a book (construction paper, staples, you know the drill) and then writing the story and realizing it didn’t fit into the number of pages I’d built. It was the first of many lessons about the interaction between structure and content.

"The real link, of course, is self-motivation. I wouldn’t have made it to the 2004 Olympics or ever published anything without that."

Published books currently available at your favorite bookseller: Oliver’s Surprise (Gemma, 2008), and Cape Cod Surprise (Gemma, 2010)

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Smashwords book reviews by Carol Newman Cronin

  • The Defector on Jan. 06, 2010

    Although I don't usually enjoy thrillers, the plot of The Defector hinges on personality - and that makes all the difference. With tough decisions for his main character to make at every turn, author Mark Chisnell shows that people can change for the better without stretching the limits of our belief. His descriptions of a variety of locations made me feel like I'd been there before - even when I hadn't. A great travel read, especially for sailors.
  • The Wrecking Crew on March 31, 2010

    I actually liked this novel better than the first one. The description of going aground and Hamnet's eventual escape from the ship had me on the edge of my e-seat. Great for sailors, commercial ship folks, or just anyone who likes a rollicking adventure story.
  • All I Want on Nov. 16, 2010

    A lovely piece that weaves past and present into a seamless story.
  • Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1) on Nov. 22, 2010

    I was disappointed when this ended, until I realized there was another one that I could download right away. Now diving into Mud and Gold... Sentence of Marriage is a highly recommended look at a New Zealand girl's life (and a cause for thanks that I don't have it).
  • Mud and Gold (Promises to Keep: Book 2) on Dec. 23, 2010

    I gobbled down this entire series, but this one was the hardest of all because Amy's life was so hard. Even as I was wishing things would get better I was appreciating the writing that made me care so much. Well Done.
  • Settling the Account (Promises to Keep: Book 3) on Dec. 23, 2010

    I finished Mud and Gold late one night and downloaded the next in the series then a there. Glad it was an ebook!
  • A Second Chance on Dec. 23, 2010

    Can't wait for your next book, and very glad there was a happy ending for most!