Born in Long Beach, California, Caryl got to Texas at the too-young-to-remember-anything-else age of six months then celebrated her first birthday as a Texan. In Northwest Dallas, the Letot Elementary seventh grader wrote an essay on ‘What will you be doing in 2000?’ Looking into the future, the imaginative girl saw herself as an inter-galactically famous author, streaking from planet to planet to sign books.
That summer, she moved to Irving where she married her husband Ron of forty-five years as soon as she graduated from Mac Arthur High School. There, she birthed three sons and a daughter who blessed her with twelve grandsugars and enjoyed life close to lots of family and friends for almost fifty years.
God directed her to the DFW Writers’ Workshop in ’93 where published authors took Caryl under their wings and mentored her. Six years later, her first non-fiction was published, and for the next nine years, attending weekly read and critique sessions, she averaged a title a year from four presses: two non-fiction, four novels, and three mid-grade chapter books.
In March, 2008, she and Ron left Irving to follow God’s leading to Red River County in far North East Texas. They founded the Red River Writers’ Workshop and joined the North East Texas Writers’ Organization in Mt. Pleasant. Then in April, 2012, Caryl met Mary Sue Seymour at NETWO’s Conference, and wrote her first historical Christian romance set in the 1800s especially for the agent—whose maiden name was remarkably ‘McAdoo’! The gregarious lady laughed. “I knew right away our meeting had a divine purpose, as though God hit us both on the head so we’d pay attention.” The Seymour Agency offered representation in August and sold VOW UNBROKEN in early October to Howard Books, an division of Simon & Schuster.
Caryl, also known as Grami, has fourteen grandsugars now, and she and Ron (O’Pa) have been rearing four of the grandsons for the past ten years. She also writes for mid-grade readers and is dedicated to serving God through her writing and praise and worship—He frequently gives her new song. Caryl believes all good things are from Him and prays that her books will minister His love, mercy, and grace to all of her readers, young and old.