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
In this excerpt, eleven-year-old Maxzyne recognizes that her artistic pride and impulsive nature have negative consequences despite her good intentions. My husband has a favorite quote whenever things go awry while trying to be helpful; "no good deed goes unpunished." As the eldest of four siblings, I've finally learned to stop giving sisterly advice. It finally dawned on me that it was unsolicited, preachy and obnoxious. Whew! I now zip my lips, saving myself time and energy, simply listening and not giving an opinion. I admit it's hard for my bossy self to let go and allow others to do for themselves. But they know I'm here if they need me. And I'll do my big sister best if they do.
Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre
“My drawing got me into a lot of trouble today at school.” She swallows hard before continuing. “Sometimes I think it’s the best and worst part of me.” She blows on the ink and touches the page with her index finger, squinting at it. “But because of my mistake in class, I saw the horse outside and then I met your brother. Will you give this to him for me? Rico should have it. I never met a gaucho before, and he saved the city carriage horses today. Really, it was all him, Rosa.”