Mother Lode placed in the top five percent of the 5000 entries in Amazon's Break-through Novel Contest. It is Carol Sheldon's first foray into the novel form.
The highlights of her writing career have been for the stage. Two of her plays, Sandcastles
, and Lifelines
were chosen for professional productions. Several other works have enjoyed community productions in Michigan and California. She's also been honored as a finalist many times-- The Zoo Keeper
in the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Lemonade or Dinner
in Actors Theatre of Louisville's, Minnesota's National Playwrights Lab, and Marquette's National Panowski Playwriting Award. She's twice won the Michigan Playwriting Contest, and once the award from PART. (Performing Arts Repertory Theatre) in New York City.
Sheldon has published two books of poetry; She teaches Poetry, the Novel, and Memoir in her home, her church, Osher's Lifelong Learning Institute and for the Marin Writers' Center. Her poems are in Robert Bly's Great Mother Conference Anthology, Hot Flashes and Marin Poetry Anthology. Carol also enjoys directing and acting, believing her experience on stage has informed her writing.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor's and Masters Degree from the University of Michigan, where she majored in creative writing. In NYC she studied under Corrine Jacker (writing for TV) and Gene Frankle (writing for stage.) She taught in Ann Arbor, Michigan for many years. She is currently living in the Bay Area of California. She has carefully researched the material for Mother Lode in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where she was taken as a child to visit her grandmother.
In addition to studying archival information and reading reference books, she talked with the local historians, teachers at Michigan Institute of Technology, a mine superintendent, and interviewed many old-timers who still remember the heydays of Copperdom.