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 have only been on a horse once in my life. As a young teen, while visiting my older cousins they insisted I ride with them. They owned several horses at their small Oregon farmstead and the elders were busy catching up after lunch, so there was no parental deterrence. My cousins meant well, but I was quite terrified. I never realized how high a person sits in the saddle. My body bumped along, at odds with the horse's graceful rhythm. My skill with the reins was laughable. Fortunately, it turned into a very short tramp around the field for me. Now, when I see the mounted police patrolling Michigan Avenue or Millennium Park in Chicago, I am in awe. Those beautiful creatures, with their shining manes and rippling musculature are under the command of some very capable officers. And they seem like best buddies, man and beast, completing each other.
Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre
“That’s right! Saw it myself tonight, just a couple blocks from here.” The crowd rustles, craning their necks to see who is talking. Again, Maxzyne recognizes Jerry’s voice as she listens. “That horse was scared all right. He reared up so high I was sure he was gonna fly. Couldn’t think how anyone could get that horse back to earth again. But that youngster ridin’ him, he was a real pro. Kept that horse from hurting anyone!” His voice turns accusing. “And it didn’t help that the bike patrol had him surrounded like that.”