When you think of fiction's strong women and strange worlds, think Carol A. Strickland. So far she has four novels published: Touch of Danger, Star-Crossed, Burgundy and Lies, and Applesauce and Moonbeams.
Although born in a small town in Illinois noted for its Nineteenth Century demonic possession cases, Carol claims that all those voices inside her head are a result of having stories to tell and books to write. Even so, her strange devotion to and study of Wonder Woman would seem to indicate an abby-normal brain.
A one-time comics letterhack and now an outspoken member of various comics message boards, Carol has found herself the basis for two comic book villains (at times her opinions have not been taken well by the books' creators) (both villains were soundly thrashed) (and both, for some perverse reason, were male), had one superhero wear her costume design... and she knows that Brad Pitt is eight years and two days younger than she. Sigh.
She wants to write like her favorite authors: to be able to portray the honest emotion and surprises that you find in Julia Quinn; to be bold and funny as Jenny Crusie; to find the multi-layered imagination and heart that Lois McMaster Bujold uses; and to enjoy the sales success of Janet Evanovich.
Carol has also become an award-winning painter from her home in North Carolina. She exercises this skill in her secondary hours (both of them) along with writing as she waits for the lottery to free her 9-to-5 time to more fulfilling pursuits.
Wonder Woman. Sigh. When will DC Comics regain respect for the character? She's so COOL!