Carole Marsh 

Georgia's author of the year

Author Carole Marsh's "real kids/real places" fiction books feel like travelogues, as they include trips by her family to famous landmarks. She recently was honored for her work with the Georgia Writers Association's Author of the Year award for 2006. She is also the founder and CEO of Peachtree City's Gallopade International, and is the creative force behind more than 15,000 supplemental educational materials published by Gallopade. Currently she is working on a mystery novel that will feature an entire classroom and its teacher.

Savannah: "It's where I write in a swank indoor art gazebo overlooking Colonial Park Cemetery's massive oaks and Spanish moss -- great inspiration for a mystery-book writer. When tourists are on the Ghost Tour, I make 'Whoooooo-whooooo' noises out my window!"

Frederick Carl Frieseke: "The Parisian pointillist. All those amazing, colorful dots are how I see the world without my contacts -- much prettier than realism."

"House": "It's grown-up horror and gore based on fact, ideal for someone who used to adore Saturday scary matinee movies at the Fox."

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: "After all, I once lived in Bath, N.C., former home and haunt of Blackbeard, fiercest pirate of them all!"

Teach's Hole: "It's a great pirate store on Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks. Do you see a theme here? They have a great museum, gobs of pirate stuff, answer their phone, 'AVAST!' And best of all, they sell lots of my mystery books."

Terror: "It's a novel based on a horrific, real-life, disastrous 1842 Arctic adventure. I'm also reading Einstein, a biography that weighs as much as his brain. And also White Cascade, the story of America's largest and most deadly avalanche, back in the heyday of rail travel. I'm really just a grown-up fourth-grader boy reader!"

A night on the town: "We love the Tavern at Phipps and to then go dancing at Johnny's Hideaway. They don't serve great wine, but they pour it to the brim! Everybody there 'thinks they can dance' and do and what fun!"

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