Carolyn Meyer

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Carolyn Meyer
Born (1935-06-08) June 8, 1935 (age 79)
Lewistown, Pennsylvania, USA
Occupation Novelist
Nationality United States American
Period 1992-present
Genre Historical Fiction, Young-adult fiction

Carolyn Meyer (born June 8, 1935)[3] is an American author of novels for children and young adults.

The typical genre for her work is historical fiction, one of her more popular projects being the Young Royals series, each novel of which tells the story of a different female royal person. For example, one of Carolyn Meyer's recently published works is Duchessina, which is the story of the life of Catherine de' Medici.[4]

Recent work[edit]

Meyer's latest work published is Beauty’s Daughter: The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy, published October, 2013.

Her previous published work was The True Adventures of Charley Darwin, focusing on the life of Charles Darwin, quite a leap from her usual subjects, for she has gone from royalty, to European artists, and now to scientists. The True Adventures of Charley Darwin is unusual in that it breaks from Meyer's formula of always having a female narrator, as Charley narrates his own story. The hardcover version of this book was published on 26 January 2009.[5][6] Before Darwin came In Mozart's Shadow, a historical novel about Mozart and narrated by his older sister, Maria Anna Mozart, nicknamed Nannerl, released in 2008.[7]

Meyer began working on a novel about Mary, Queen of Scots in 2012.[1]


Born as an only child in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, Carolyn Meyer began her first "novel," Humpy the Caterpillar and Gladys the Snail: A True Life Romance at age eight. However, she completed only three chapters.[3]

Mother to three grown sons, she now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband, E.A. “Tony” Mares, a New Mexico poet, essayist and historian, and emeritus professor at the University of New Mexico.[3]



  1. ^ a b c Author's blog page "My Writer's Journal"
  2. ^ Details for The Bad Queen at Amazon booksellers
  3. ^ a b c Biography on author's Web site "My Life"
  4. ^ Details for Duchessina: A Novel of Catherine de' Medici at Amazon booksellers
  5. ^ Book list on author's Web site "My Books"
  6. ^ Details for The True Adventures of Charley Darwin at Amazon booksellers
  7. ^ Details for In Mozart's Shadow at Amazon booksellers
  8. ^ Details for The Bad Queen at Amazon booksellers

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