Carole Marsh is a highly-entrepreneurial writer, CEO of Gallopade International, creator of Carole Marsh Mysteries and hundreds of other series, and author of thousands of books, winner of numerous awards, and a Georgia Author of the Year. "These days, I'm most interested in writing for what I call "Twixt, Tween, and YA," which to me, like "gifted kids," are ALL kids! I love to write for them and hear from them. I am also writing adult fiction and non-fiction, short stories, and poetry." For more than 30 years, Marsh has written almost 100 educational and fun adventure mysteries for boys and girls 7-14. "My readers are growing up and I am growing up with them—though we all intend to be fun-loving, energetic, creative, out-of-the box 'fourth-graders' forever!"
That's the name of one of my new Carole Marsh Mysteries, just released. Now, this was a story I could chow down on since I lived in coastal North Carolina for a long time and really got hooked on the history, mystery, legend and lore there, which is long, wide, and deep! We all know Plymouth Rock and those other stories, but Eleanor Dare (brave pregnant woman!) and others came to the shores of the New World more than 400 years ago. They wanted to establish a real colony, the kind with families, including newborn baby, Virginia Dare. What they found was heat, cold, forest so thick you could not see thru them, mosquitoes the size of dinner plates, oysters the size of a man's forearm (that's big!), and Native Americans. When Virginia's grandpa and others
returned to England for supplies, they later returned to the New World to find......... nothing! No colony, no colonists, just a tree with the curious word CROATOAN carved into it. Thus, the "Lost" Colony. Lost to where? Good question; an authentic American mystery still unsolved. Were they all killed? Moved with Indians to another location? Wandered off to parts unknown on their own. No one knows. My favorite book (for adults or young adults) I ever wrote was a fictional journal of Eleanor Dare speculating on what she encountered. I did a LOT of research to get the language authentic. I had the book hand-written in ink as if a real journal. I ended the journal mid-sentence, because, of course......................... well, you get my sand drift. But the true mystery was what happened to the first three pages of my manuscript? They went missing and never were found again. After much angst and a printing deadline, I reluctantly picked up the ms. to turn it in as was (I could not remember a word I said and being pre-computer days, had no copy). When I looked down I read "Eleanor's" opening words: FRUSTRATING, THIS FALSE START! Hmm... It was perfect and I get none of the credit. I think kids will like this mystery of the Lost Colony because it's 400 years TRUE!