Q and A with Carol Hamilton
Carol Hamilton is a nationally known professional speaker and a writer with more than 100 publishing credits. A member of the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International, Carol teaches Professional Speaking for Writers at conferences.
Carol will be teaching “Public Speaking,” a continuous Thursday-through-Saturday workshop.
Q: Carol, what special memories does the Grove City College campus hold for you?
A: My husband and I met at Grove City College and were married on campus in Harbison Chapel.
Q: What was one of your favorite books as a child?
A: In fourth grade my three closest friends and I read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. We formed a singing group by that name and pretended to be the March sisters. I got to be Jo, the writer!
Q: Have you ever visited the home of a famous writer? Whose home and where?
A: Two years ago, my husband, daughter and her husband and five children, and I visited Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri, where Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the Little House series. I enjoyed seeing the various places in the house where she wrote. We also visited several of the other places described in her books. Some of the buildings and a farm had hands-on activities. We rode in a Conestoga wagon pulled by two black Percherons to the schoolhouse where the teacher welcomed us into her classroom. Our grandchildren had a delightful time.
When our son lived in Boston we went to Louisa May Alcott’s home.
Q: What book are you currently reading for pleasure?
A: Firewall by DiAnn Mills
Q: What animal do you most identify with as a writer and why?
A: Otters, because they like to have fun!
Q: Do you consider yourself an introvert, an extrovert, or somewhere in between?
A: I’m an ambivert—I’m an extrovert when I’m with people, but need quiet to recharge. My husband says I’m an extrovert, though.
Q: Can you share a story about your writing life?
A: I reveled in the days our children or their friends did something funny that I could add to a story. For instance, our son went through a phase where he put his clothes on backwards and did things backwards and called himself Backwards Benji.
Q: What advice would you give attendees to help them make the most of their time at a writers’ conference?
A: Take time to be alone to pray. Ask God for guidance. Thank and praise Him.
Q: What are you most looking forward to during your faculty stint at St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference this June?
A: I have spent years studying and practicing professional speaking. I’m excited to share what I’ve learned to make speaking easier for fellow writers.
I also look forward to learning and the signature St. Davids laughter!
Thank you, Carol. Learn more about Carol Hamilton by visiting her website at http://www.carolhamilton.us/.