I’m Carol O’Dell, and I’m the author of Mothering Mother: A Daughter’s Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir. I’m a a family advisor at Caring.com and I write my blog, Mothering Mother and More based on my experiences as my mom’s caregiver. For years, I was a sandwich generation mom. My mother had Parkinson’s and heart disease, and later she developed Alzheimer’s. We became a multi-generational household complete with my mother, my daughters, my husband, me–and a few dogs and cats thrown in the mix!
It was wild and crazy time. It was also a tough time. I learned a lot about myself–who I am as a woman, a person, and what it means to care for those we love in a way that encompasses dignity, grace, purpose, and passion.
Since then, my book has been read by thousands, and I’m honored to know that my story helps others get through their caregiving journey. I’ve been featured on CNN, Fox, and other major network and radio affiliates around the country. I now write blogs about family and caregiving issues for many great companies. If you’d like to inquire about my blog writing services, please contact www.IonLeap.com
More about Carol D. O’Dell:
“I was adopted at age four to Southern, fundamentalist parents
in their mid-fifties—what more could a writer want?”
Carol D. O’Dell’s world changed the day she was adopted. Taken from Daytona Beach to Atlanta and raised by adoring parents of a fiery faith, Carol was steeped in Bible stories and bedtime stories. She is drawn to the Southern, the reverent and irreverent found in art, nature, faith, and man.
“Carol D. O’Dell’s gripping memoir Mothering Mother: A Daughter’s Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir, and is for the “sandwich” generation and overflows with humor, grace and much needed honesty.” –Booklist Review.
Mothering Mother is based on Carol’s journals as she cared for her mother during her final years as her mother suffered with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Carol moved her mother into her home and gave her a home passing. Mothering Mother chronicles the challenges, humor, funny and sweet times, frustrating and scary times that come with caring for those we love.
Carol’s fiction and nonfiction work has appeared in numerous publications including Atlanta Magazine, Voices of Alzheimer’s, Women’s Digest, Blue Moon Review, Water’s Edge, The Pisgah Review, and AIM, America’s Intercultural Magazine.
Carol is a Jacksonville University graduate, creative writing teacher and inspirational speaker. She is a family advisor at Caring.com where she offers insight and guidance to those who are struggling with family and caregiving concerns. Carol’s blog is read by thousands monthly and can be found at Mothering Mother and More. Carol speaks to caregiving families and organizations around the country, and she has been featured on CNN.com, Fox television, Atlanta, WPBS/WEDU, and many other television and radio programs. She is endorsed by Florida’s Alzheimer’s Association and Community Hospice. Her message is one of hope and purpose. For a list of topics and more information, visit her website is www.caroldodell.com.
A little history:
Since the release of Mothering Mother, I spend much of my time teaching and speaking–which I love. I find that when I speak for 30 minutes, I get to listen to two hours–as people open their hearts and share their stories and struggles. We always wind up laughing, crying, and hugging. I couldn’t ask for a more fulfilling way to spend my time. I never knew what a sacred and profound effect this would have on me. I also spend a good portion of my time speaking with professional women’s groups and with people in the medical professions such as geriatric care, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and elder-care. I do this at conferences, workshops, and online. My hope is to help bridge the gap between family and home care–and the medical community.
I teach a lot of journaling and memoir classes at senior centers, women’s groups, and even at the university level. I also speak to writing groups and share my writing and marketing tips. There’s a lot to learn about the publishing process and I find it fascinating and hope to make the journey a little easier for others. I love words and unearthing stories in others and seeing that “ah ha” moment go off in their heads as their pens begin to move across the page.
Contact Carol O’Dell at email@example.com to schedule a speaking event for your school, university, church or community group.
SAID CHILD, the fictional “prequel” to Mothering Mother about families, adoption, and belonging.
WHITE IRIS, a novel based on a woman who quits her life to see all 864 Vincent Van Gogh paintings around the world–with Vincent at her side.
WHEN STARS FALL, a YA trilogy about a city girl who finds herself tangled in a small town mystery as she confronts prejudice and a pending murder case.
DREAMSCAPE, a YA fantasy about four sisters who live on the edge of two worlds. When their parents are killed in an earthquake, and their baby sister is kidnapped, the other three sisters must each accept a quest to get her back.