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.

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nonfiction textbooks. So I found out about a Master's program in writing for children at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier." Students must write a work of fiction to earn their degree, so Carlson wrote Magic Marks the Spot as her thesis novel. "I got a good response from my advisor and classmates, so I sent the manuscript to agents — turns out they were interested," she says. "I was expecting the process to take months or years, but I also learned from other writ- ers that if you have the right manuscript, then it doesn't take that long. I sent the book to three agents and I got an offer of representation a week later." While Carlson has come a long way from her elementary school years as a patron of Weston's library, some things haven't changed. "I'm happiest of all when I'm lost in a good book," she declares. Wood says it was thrilling to have a former Weston youngster come back to the library as a published author, and she opines on The Very Honorable League of Pirates series. "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," she enthuses. The likelihood is strong that The Very Honorable League of Pirates trilogy will become a classic series, enthralling today's budding readers across the country. Carlson offers advice to youngsters who might be interested in a writing career. "The most important piece of advice, which I didn't realize until I was in my 20s, is not only to write and read, but also learn as much as you can about everything out in the world you're interested in." Carlson urges students to take a diverse selection of classes, read nonfiction, follow the news, "and anything else you find interesting, because that's where stories come from," she emphasizes. "The end result is that you will have all these ideas in your head mixing and bumping into each other. You may not feel like you're working towards being a writer, but you truly are." 185 f a l l 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e FOR MORE INFORMATION about the author and her books, visit www.caro- linecarlsonbooks.com Haven't Joined Yet? Here's What You're Missing: www.WellesleyChamber.org 781-235-2446 Save the Date! Shop Wellesley First Silent Auction Saturday, November 22 @ North Hill All Welcome • Grow your business with referrals and direct customer contact • Access to 200+ affordable online business education courses (sales, customer service, compliance, HR, and more) • Brand your business as a community participant • Marketing opportunities in Chamber e-newsletter • New member benefi ts valued at $1,900 included with membership • First-year dues $299 for most business with 5 or fewer employees

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