ABOUT CARLA JOINSON
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|I have been a writer all my life, but entered the profession for pay
about 20 years ago. I have written extensively in the business and
human resources field, but also enjoy writing on more general topics
for magazines and other venues. About 25% of my business involves
editing and critiquing work for others.|
I am working on a nonfiction book about the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians, which is the topic of this website and blog.
I will begin graduate studies in history within the year; I find myself returning time and again to a period between the Civil War and the Depression for both fiction and nonfiction, and I hope to refine my knowledge of this particular era in U.S. history. I enjoy research and digging through facts, and love to bring stories to life for readers who may think history is dry and dull.
I have previously published books for younger readers. My biography, Civil War Doctor: The Story of Mary Walker (Morgan Reynolds; 2007) was chosen unanimously for the Amelia Bloomer Project, which is sponsored by the Social Responsibilities Roundtable of the American Library Association.
Earlier, my young adult historical novel, A Diamond in the Dust (Dial, 2001) was a 2002 Young Adult Library Services Association “Best Books for Young Adults” nominee.
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