2011 award winning writer, Carol Denise Mitchell, was born at 8:30 A.M., on May 12, 1955. Mitchell, sixth of sixteen children, is the daughter of Zebbie Thomas Charles, Sr., and Tasceaie Carise Charles. Mitchell was reared in Los Angeles, California, during the noteworthy era of the Civil Rights Movement, and she recalls how living in Watts, California, during this era in American history, was a motivating influence behind her writing career.
"I remember the Watts Riot, when the city imploded for three long, life-changing days. Encouraged by my mother; I knew this kind of degradation and Urban ruin, was not going to be remedied fast enough for the kind of changes the community deserved. One year after the riots, we moved thirty-five miles east to Pomona, California," says Mitchell. She concludes that being a living witness to an infamous part of Watts history left an indelible imprint on her wanting to be a part of change that helped her old community via writing and memorializing such events first-hand.
In 1977, Mitchell moved to the Northern, California, Bay Area, to launch an impressive thirty-year writing career. She wrote What Happened to Suzy winning praise; and, a coveted (2011) book award, for its' message of healing and hope.
Mitchell, who worked alongside slain newspaper Editor, Chauncey Bailey, as a news reporter for [Soul Beat] was highlighted in The Oakland Post Newspaper, for her groundbreaking novel: What Happened to Suzy. She is an expert niche writer for E-zine Articles.
September, (2006), Mitchell was featured in The African American Literature Book Club; (AALBC) Newsletter, as a Writer You Should Know. April, 2009, The Celebration of Women Writers, (CWW); recognized Mitchell's impressive writing contributions -inducting her into the prestigious authors database. On March 9, 2011, Mitchell was granted a commendation by the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce during their one-hundred year celebration for her impressive writing career.
Mitchell has sold many of her works here and internationally. Buyers in Australia, The United Kingdom, and Italy, have all favored Mitchell's books, as they are written to attract, and to entertain a growing spectrum, and continuum, of interested readers here and abroad.