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
"He'd rather be one of the clowns on horseback." Isn't that often the case? I remember longing to portray the blessed mother Mary in our annual church nativity play. Maybe the spray of freckles across my nose, together with the short blonde haircut torpedoed that wish; it simply never happened. Instead, some lovely brunette with long flowing locks always held the plastic doll representing the infant Jesus. On a brighter note, I did get to be a choir angel once. And I was a dancing daffodil in an elementary school program, now that I think of it. Blonde with freckles makes me smile now. The freckles have faded and my barely-blonde shade exists only because of the Florida sun. Besides, now I'd rather be a children's author, dreaming up Maxzyne's next adventure.
Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre
Right on cue, Fritz, her younger brother in the show, appears. He walks stiffly in a pair of old-fashioned satin breeches that come to his knees. His skinny legs below the knees are clad in tights and his black leather shoes feature large silver buckles. His costume is topped off by a striped jacket and white ruffled shirt. As he takes his place by the tree, he looks at her and smirks. She learned earlier, when she met Maria’s younger brother, that he hates to play this part in the show. He’d rather be one of the clowns on horseback.