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Carol Rzadkiewicz

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States


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A native of Georgia, Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz grew up in Fairburn, a small town south of Atlanta, where she began writing stories when she was ten. She would then sell her stories to her father for a quarter, and since she was quite a prolific writer, she managed to earn enough to treat her brother and sister to the Saturday matinee each week, as well as keep herself supplied with paper and pens and, occasionally, a new Walter Farley novel since she loved horses and, as she admits, The Black Stallion, The Island Stallion, and The Blood Bay Colt were major influences on her budding talent at the time.

She received the annual award for fiction at the 2003 Acadiana Writers Conference in Lafayette, and was named Author of the Month for May 2006 by South Lit, a journal of contemporary Southern literature. Moreover, her stories have appeared in a variety of journals, including Predicate Magazine, Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Journal, Toasted Cheese, Zine5, The Remington Review, Horseman Magazine, The Mariner, The Phoenix, The New Review, The Eclectic, and The Sun.

Currently an instructor for the University of Phoenix, both at the local campus in Lafayette, Louisiana and online, Carol also works as an editorial consultant for area individuals and businesses, yet she devotes most of her time to her writing career; and her first novel, Mustang Summer: A Novel is available, beginning January 17, 2008, directly from Publish America and through major booksellers beginning in March. In addition, she is also currently writing a serialized novel, Remembering Della, which is appearing at the rate of one chapter per week on Zine5, an online literary journal.

Interests: Writing, horseback riding, reading, painting, gardening, hiking, and fly-fishing

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Dia de los Muertos----short story
  • Remembering Della
  • Stones in Her Pockets
  • Mustang Summer: A Novel
  • Nonfiction

  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall