C.A. Hartnell is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who was born in Chicago, Illinois and is a true midwestern girl at heart. Her family moved Carol from Chicago to Southern California on Route 66 in the 1950s. She now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband of many years. She is blessed with a wonderful family and fabulous friends.
Hartnell’s faith and spirit of adventure grew under the loving, courageous, and inspirational influence of her family members. An enchanted childhood during the 1950s in El Monte, California, became the inspiration for her children’s book series, The 1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann. Take a blast to the past in her books Scary Spring, Sinister Summer, Ferocious Fall, and Wild Winter. Middle-grade readers and adults are propelled into exciting adventures when teens drove cool cars, kids went to drive-in movies, and Rock ‘n’ Roll tunes blasted out of every transistor radio. Captivating characters and dynamic plots have earned these wholesome chapter books coveted literary awards: Mom’s Choice Silver, Literary Classics Gold, and Moonbeam Bronze.
Finally, when Carol isn’t working tirelessly for causes close to her heart that help kids and adults with disabilities and illnesses, she loves to read, write, travel, bake, pursue adventure and participate in local and national book festivals.