Carole has written several series for children and young adults, both fiction and non-fiction. She has a long-standing fascination with Dragons and is interested in the history of everything. Carole is a meticulous researcher who finds it difficult to stop researching and begin writing. She is married and lives in inner-city Melbourne, and her daughter, Lili Wilkinson, is also an author.
Author's Comment: I didn't start writing until I was quite old - nearly 40. Before that, I worked as a laboratory assistant. My jobs involved working with a lot of blood and brains. You might think this sounds a bit gory, but I quite enjoyed working in a laboratory. The trouble was I always had this niggling feeling that it wasn't what I was meant to be doing.
One day I realised what I've always wanted to be - a writer! I don't know why it took me so long to work that out. When I was at school in the 1960s (a very long time ago) it didn't sound like the sort of thing a girl from Port Adelaide could ever do, so I suppose I didn't think of it back then. Once I'd decided to try and become a writer, I went to university. I wrote lots of things at university including my first novel. I didn't think it was very good. I showed it to a friend who worked in publishing. I don't think she thought it was very good either, but she must have seen some potential because she asked me if I could write a teenage novel.