I was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, which, I believe, explains my inherent cheekiness and my sophisticated sarcasm gene. In the late seventies, my family immigrated to America where I've made a career out of my passions: reading, writing, and teaching.

I'm Professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where, among other things, I conduct a seminar on the art of the mystery. I've been teaching at Alverno for over twenty years (I began teaching when I was, em, 14).

My crime fiction column runs every third Sunday in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. My reviews also run in The Minneapolis Star Tribune, and in other newspapers. Oh, and once a month I chat about books on WTMJ4's The Morning Blend (Milwaukee’s NBC affiliate).


For regular updates of news, reviews and other exciting (most of the time) stuff, and on FB at my author's page, Carole E. Barrowman.

You can also find me on Goodreads.


The third book in the Hollow Earth series is called The Book of Beasts and is now available for pre-order from Amazon.co.uk

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