About Me


Carole McDonnell holds a BA degree in Literature from SUNY Purchase and has spent most of her years surrounded by things literary. Her writings appear in various anthologies including “So Long Been Dreaming: Post-colonialism in science fiction,” edited by Nalo Hopkinson and published by Arsenal Pulp Press; Fantastic Visions III" anthology published by Fantasist Enterprises; “Jigsaw Nation” published by Spyre publications, “Griots: A Sword and Soul anthology,” edited by Milton Davis and Charles Saunders, “Life Spices from Seasoned Sistahs: writings by mature women of color,” “Fantastic Stories of the Imagination” edited by Warren Lapine and published by Wilder Publications.  Her reviews appear in print and at various online sites. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, two sons, and their pets. Her novels -- The Constant Tower and Wind Follower, were published by Wildside Books. Her other works include My Life as an Onion and The Boy Next Door From Far Away , Seeds of Bible Study: How NOT to Study the Bible. Her collection of short stories, Spirit Fruit: Collected Speculative Fiction, is available on kindle.




Published Fiction and Essays.
-- "Oreo Blues"– Essay in LIFENOTES: Personal Writings By Contemporary Black Women, edited by Patricia Bell-Scott. Published by W.W. Norton.
-- “Homecoming” – Short story. Won first prize in New Mass Media's Annual contest and was a third place winner in the annual national Contemporary Western Fiction contest.
-- “Lingua Franca” – Short story. So Long Been Dreaming: Post-Colonialism in Science Fiction -- Arsenal Pulp Press – October 2004.
-- “Black is the color of my true love’s hair,” – Short story. Fantastic Visions III – Fantasist Enterprises – August 2005.
-- "The Australians"– Essay in LIFE SPICES from Seasoned Sistahs: Writings By Mature Women of color, Published by Nubian Images Publications.
-- Homecoming at the Borderlands Cafe – Short story to be published in Jigsaw Nation anthology – DNA Publications March 2006
-- “The Cat Came Back” - Nudges from God anthology.
-- “That Smile” – “Then an angel came along” anthology.
-- Additional devotionals appear in Christian print magazines and websites.
The Gleaners -- in Black Faery anthology
So Far -- in Black Science Fiction Society anthology
Changeling -- in Griots edited by Milton Davis and Charles Saunders
Housewarming -- in When the Morning Stars Sang anthology edited by Lyn Perry
A Cry For Hire – Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, edited by Warren Lapine

-- Seeds of Bible Study ebook.

My novel, Wind Follower, was published by Juno Books/Wildside 2007




My Short story, Homecoming was winner of New Mass Media=s, Westchester Weekly, annual fiction contest in September 1996 and third place winner of the Annual Contemporary Western Fiction Contest. My essay, My Son and Mrs Torres, won honorable mention in the Writers Digest. Many of my poems have been published in little magazines and journals.

I've written for The Quarterly Black Review of Books, Gannett newspapers, and was a technical Editor for Research and Education Associates, the publishers of MaxNotes, a small competitor of Cliff Notes.

 My writing honors and credits include being a Poetry Judge at the annual NAACP ACT-SO. I've been a participant in NYC's The Women's Caucus for Art, and have won several fiction contests.

I've also been a participant in HarperCollins Multicultural Mentor Program, and used to be a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the National Writers Union.

I've read at many venues including the African-American Read-In - a national literacy cable project , Mercy College, Trinity School, Purchase College, WHUD/WLNA, The Institute for Photographic Resources and other venues.

In addition, in the past, I was a Sunday school teacher, Bible class teacher, and teaching assistant. 

In addition to writing specfic, I write devotionals, Bible studies, blogs, personal essays, poetry, book-CD-film-DVD reviews.

I'm married and am the mother of two sons. 

 I was also a freelance Technical Editor for Research and Education Associates, the publishers of MaxNotes, a small competitor of Cliff Notes. I've been a legal secretary and a Teaching Assistant in the Peekskill School District, a Sunday school in St Peter's Church, the local Episcopalian church. My writing honors and credits include being a Poetry Judge at the annual NAACP ACT-SO, an essay, Oreo Blues, published in W.W. Norton anthology, LIFENOTES: Personal Writings by Black women. I've been a participant in NYC's The Women's Caucus for Art, 1992 and has won several fiction contests. I've also been a participant in HarperCollins Multicultural Mentor Program, and used to be a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the National Writers Union. I've read at many venues including the African-American Read-In - a national literacy cable project , Mercy College, Trinity School, Purchase College, WHUD/WLNA, The Institute for Photographic Resources and other venues. I worked as a Teaching Assistant and as a finish-not-fail teacher. 
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