A Bit About Myself:
a retired teacher, I still have a passion for working with kids. I
regularly conduct Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/middle
schools and the Colorado Girl Scouts. It seems I'm not the only one who
loves Medieval Times and the King Arthur Legend. The kids thoroughly
enjoy writing their own medieval stories complete with dragons, wizards,
unicorns, and knights!
I love to travel, and so my other job is
with a major airline. My favorite trip was a two week visit to Egypt
with my husband that included traveling by local train from one end of
Egypt to the other.
Some of my favorite books, like "The Hobbit,"
"The Lord of the Rings," Golding's "Lord of the Flies" and "The Once and
Future King" by T.H. White were all written to offer hope to a world
embroiled in another world war. "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles
Dickens illustrates how unselfish true love enables people to offer the
supreme sacrifice to preserve that love, while Dostoevsky's "Crime and
Punishment" shows how circumstances can cause people to do despicable
acts. The one book that connects of all of these texts as well as a
multitude of others is Joseph Campbell's "The Hero with a Thousand
Faces." The journey of the hero, depicted by Campbell, is a universal
theme that never dies out.
About My Writings:
My first book
"Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend" introduces young readers to the
timeless King Arthur Legend and Guinevere the girl as she struggles with
growing up and fulfilling her destiny. I hope young readers develop an
understanding of the girl Guinevere, how she is like them today.
Everyone has to grow up; everyone has unpleasant choices to make; and
regardless of when we are born or how old we are, we don't always get
our way. And when that happens, we have to accept it and move on. Good
lessons for any age.
"King Arthur's Story" is a short excerpt cut
from "Guinevere" in the final editing. Only available as an ebook, it
gives readers a brief glimpse into Arthur's reasons for seeking marriage
My second book "Young Knights of the Round Table:
The Kings' Ransom" released May 25, 2012 by MuseItUp Publishing in
Canada. It is currently available in eBook format.
I have just
started publishing my children's picture books under the series
Grandma's Tales. The first one is What if I Went to the Circus and Came
Home with ?
My current work-in-progress takes my readers out of
Medieval England and back to Ancient Egypt for a visit with a famous
pharaoh! Stay tuned.
I love to hear from my readers of all ages.
Please contact me and let me know what you think of my books. You may
contact me through my web site Beyond Today. On my blog I do MG/Tween book reviews, author interviews, and post what's just been published Carpinello's Writing Pages.
The Legend of King Arthur continues to Transcend the Centuries and All Age Groups because
the Legend is packed with adventure. Tales of knights fighting knights,
rescuing damsels in distress, and the quest for the Holy Grail are
found in vivid detail throughout the unending array of stories.
the Legend is about heroes, the Knights of the Round Table: Lancelot,
Tristram, Percival, Galahad and the many others. Specifically it is
about the main hero, King Arthur.
(3) the Legend is about magic and mystery. Merlyn, the most famous magician ever, lives backwards in time!
the Legend is about women and love. The regal Guinevere; the mysterious
half sisters of Arthur: Morgan le Fay, Morgause, and Elaine; the witch
Nimue who tricks Merlyn into revealing his secrets and then encloses him
for life in a cave. The one thing all these women have in common is
that they are misunderstood. Writers can't even cast them into the same
mold, especially the sisters.
(5) the Legend is about Hope. Arthur
and his kingdom are essentially a utopia. A perfect world, at least in
the beginning. There is a definite line between right and wrong.
Chivalry rules the day. Arthur is the ruler who works not for himself,
but for his people. In the time period that "The Once and Future King"
was written (WWII), the Legend offered a safe haven for people's dreams.
It continues to do that and that is why I love it.