I grew up in the rural Midwest, one of 14 siblings. I started writing as a child and penned my first romantic historical novel at age 11 and sent my first manuscript off to a publisher in my 20’s only to request it back when anxiety kept me from sleeping as I worried about my “baby” being out there in the world. With relief, I received it back and tucked it away safely in a locked suitcase. Clearly, I was not ready to share with the world yet.
Writing shadowed everything as I built my career and focused on my family. I recently returned home to slow down a bit and carve out more time for my hobby. In my spare time I enjoy gardening. I find my family and my faith in gardening. My father and grandmother were avid gardeners and I feel their encouragement and advice as I walk in their footsteps. Digging in the dirt with the sun on my back and a light breeze stirring through the garden rows brings me peace.
I currently live in a small Iowa town with my family in a 1918 American Four Square home that we have been renovating, working at our own pace and learning a lot along the way.
I am the founder of my local writers' club, The Red Barn Writers' Guild. The photo on the homepage is of a team of horses my dad drove in the 1940's. Robert Frost's Poem The Road Not Taken has been an inspiration for me since my teens. I felt it applied greatly to this journey into life as a writer.
I enjoy getting to know other authors and encouraging the creative writing process. You are welcome to contact me through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carol Edwards Denekas
Photo by Sharon Dalton