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
I think I inherited my keen sense of smell from my mother. She could sniff out a stale box of cereal, a kid's half-hearted attempt at dusting or a misplaced sneaker in the garage. Her hearing was also very acute. As a teen, I quickly learned to tread lightly up the stairs to my bedroom, avoiding certain stairs that were prone to squeaking if I rushed. Somehow, she always heard me. Worse, I was probably late for curfew. Now I find myself using those same sensory traits when I write. When I visited the historic Chicago horse theatre years ago, this is just what I noticed as I entered. Bringing some of those sensory revelations to the page helps the reader be right there with me. What have you heard or smelled lately?
Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre
INSIDE THE DARKENED THEATER, the buoyant strains of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite fill the air. The audience quiets, settling into the rustic planked seats. A warm, buttery popcorn scent wafts through the air. This competes with the earthier aromas of horses, leather riding gear, and the performance ring’s dirt.