Fed up with polygraphs, security clearances and a daily commute, Caroline Lee fled a career writing classified reports for the Dept. of Defense to become a full-time storyteller and daydreamer-in-chief. Often inspired by her surroundings, Caroline's first book, "Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins," features America's most impulsive heroine, 10-year-old Maxzyne Merriweather, whose madcap adventures take place in the magical and historic city of Chicago.
Caroline currently resides in Delray Beach, Florida where the weather is much warmer than Chicago. She is a member of the Society of Childrens Bookwriters & Illustrators (SCBWI) and is thrilled that her first book "Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins" won the 2020 Independent Press Award for Children's Fiction. The second adventure in the series, "Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre" is now also available on Amazon and recently won two Story Monsters Dragonfly awards! Learn more at www.maxzyne.com
What was the last thing you did that took just a few minutes and made a big difference? Was it something that changed your day, your life or someone else's experience or perspective? I know that a five-minute gratitude practice certainly helps lift me into a brighter and happier frame of mind. It also helps that I live in the sunshine state and dazzling blue sky and sunshine give me two things to immediately be grateful for each morning. I recently read about the power of a five-minute favor for a stranger. Take just a few minutes to give feedback, introduce strangers with a common interest, or perhaps recommend/share posts of new writers. Like Maxzyne says to these impatient city officials, "What's a few minutes when it means so much...?" For horses and humans.
Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre
“Can’t you just discuss it now?” She waves toward the crowd and the waiting city officials. “I mean, everyone’s here, right? And these folks might want to help you decide what to do.” Forcing her lips into a shaky grin, she pleads, “What’s a few minutes when it means so much for a horse, Alderman O’Malley? I mean, all horses, sir,” she corrects herself.