We had the good fortune of connecting with Cheryl Carpinello and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cheryl, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I have two favorite quotes that I feel describe who I am. My first quote comes from J. R. R. Tolkien’s works: Not all who Wander are Lost. My second is from a Robert Frost poem: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” (The Road Less Traveled) Even had I not become an educator, I would still be a life-long learner. My career as a high school teacher simply determined the direction of my learning path I became obsessed with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds as I shared literary works from these eras with my students. Over the years, I’ve wandered through the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, and medieval England and France through books and in person.
As I wander through the ages, I’m always in search of knowledge that has been passed down—and sometimes even lost—that gives me a unique insight into human beings and civilizations. I’ve explored the nature of human beings and the mysteries of civilizations through the works of Homer, Aristotle, Aeschylus, Plato, Herodotus, Napoleon’s savants, Dickens, Hugo, Poe, and many others. My experiences have made me more a Citizen of the World than just an America citizen. This enables me to use authentic settings, events, and people in my works and to create characters that my readers identify with. I write my books for Middle Graders and Young Adults set in the Ancient Medieval Worlds.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Colorado is an amazing state to visit. There is so much to see! We would start off in Morrison (just west of Denver) for a visit to the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Climbing down the stairs to the stage and looking up at the audience seats makes you feel like a rock star! However, going back up the stairs to the top makes you realize in 5 steps how out of shape you are and, if you come from a low altitude, how thin our air really is! Back in town, the Morrison Inn offers excellent Mexican dining and a great margarita to finish up our visit. From Morrison we would head west on I-70 to the Colorado High Country. The list of places to go here is endless. We’re heading up and over Berthoud Pass to Winter Park, a top notch skiing area and a fabulous place to hike around. At the end of the day, I’ll let you pick from the many restaurants on Main Street for dinner. The next day we will take off through Frasier—usually one of or the coldest spot in the nation in winter—and continue through Granby and Grand Lake to the West Entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. On the drive we will see a multitude of wild life depending on the time of year.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family: My husband Don who has always supported my writing and travels to all the places I want to visit and feature in my books, from the shores of Lake Nassar, Egypt to Caernarfon Bay, Wales off the Irish Sea to the North Atlantic off Iceland. My daughter Shelley who has graciously allowed her 3rd, 5th and 6th grade students to read/critique my stories and draw my maps. My son David and his wife Michele who allowed me to turn their son into a published author! My sister Sheila who is a huge supporter of my books and even markets for me! My brother Tim who always cheers me on.
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