In her first autobiography, Pants Optional, Carol draws on her experiences of growing up in a large family, getting married, coping with her parents and having children of her own. She writes with great insight and a wicked sense of humor, and willingly divulges some ingenious "family management" techniques in this funny, original take on family life. She has been called this generation's Erma Bombeck. Carol wrote Pants Optional in honor of her mom, Colleen.
Carol shares, "Pants Optional did not start out as a book. It was created from pure fear! For years I had been jotting down funny moments that happened to my family members out of fear that I would forget them. As the years went by, the stories accumulated and I realized these memories were forming into a very humorous autobiography. Many were parenting tips that would "help" my kids later in life. I had, unknowingly, written my first draft of Pants Optional."
Carol graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa with degrees in English Literature and Writing. She has experience as a correspondent, proofreader, editor, copywriter and marketing director. Pants Optional has been on the Amazon's Best Seller list, reviewed by the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and featured on her local CBS news. Carol's been a guest on the Michael S. Robinson New York talk radio show and on Microbin Radio in Florida. On September 1, 2017, Pants Optional received Gold Medal honors by Readers' Favorites.
She resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her husband, Paul.