Hartnell's faith and spirit of adventure grew under the loving, courageous, and inspirational influence of her family members. An enchanted childhood during the 1950s in El Monte, California, became the inspiration for her four-book series, The 1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann. Take a blast to the past in her books Scary Spring, Sinister Summer, Ferocious Fall, and Wild Winter. Middle-grade readers and adults are propelled into exciting adventures when teens drove cool cars, kids went to drive-in movies, and Rock 'n' Roll tunes blasted out of every transistor radio. Captivating characters and dynamic plots have earned these wholesome chapter books coveted literary awards: Mom's Choice Silver, Literary Classics Gold, and Moonbeam Bronze.
Finally, when Carol isn't working tirelessly for causes close to her heart that help kids and adults with disabilities and illnesses, she loves to read, write, travel, bake, pursue adventure and participate in local and national book festivals. Hartnell looks forward to getting to know you through social media and encourages you to follow her on instagram, facebook, pinterest, and twitter @cahartnell.