WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

Issue link: http://wellesleywestonmagazine.epubxp.com/i/359840

Contents of this Issue


Page 185 of 219

of the things I'm interested in mix in my brain and turn into something that might resemble a good story." For starters, when she was growing up, Carlson and her friends used to embark on long, multi-day, elaborate treasure hunts that her parents set up. Another place Carlson found great inspiration was — no surprise — Weston's public library. "Caroline was in our after school book club when she was in elementary school," recalls Kelly Wood, the children's room librarian and a 28-year veteran of the town's library. "I recognized right away that she was a huge reader, so I'd save new books for her." Carlson's love of the library and books continued as she grew up. "I returned to the library in summers during high school and college, where I helped Kelly and coordinated the summer reading program for schoolchildren," she says. "Kelly has been incredibly supportive, and she always rec- ommended new books to me when I was growing up." Some of the books that caught Carlson's fancy were, not surprisingly, classic pirate stories by Robert Louis Stevenson, and fantasy stories such as The Dark is Rising sequence of five books by Susan Cooper. Other favorites include The Dalemark Quartet series by Diana Wynne Jones and The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Back to the Future After high school, Carlson went to Swarthmore for her undergraduate degree. "By senior year of college, I realized I didn't know 'how' to be a writer — if you want to be a doctor, you go to medical school, or to be a lawyer you go to law school, but that's not how a career as a writer works," she says. "It felt tenuous and scary." Carlson found her way after college by going into textbook publish- ing in Baltimore for five years. "This made me familiar with the world of writing — I was editing and I could see on a screen how layouts were organized, how photos were chosen, and all of the steps in an editorial process," she explains. But Carlson knew working in this publishing sector wasn't exactly what she wanted to do. "I wanted to write fiction for kids, rather than 184 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 books "learn as much as you can about everything" "I believe Caroline is the first person to put magic and pirates together, and I love that — it's a great take on fantasy, with a different approach." – K e l l y W o o d , W e s t o n P u b l i c L i b r a r y C O V E R I M A G E S C O U R T E S Y O F H A R P E R C O L L I N S

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of WellesleyWeston Magazine - FALL 2014