by RANDI CANTRELL | photo by Lauren Nygard Photography

A Lifetime of Writing

Life as a writer began early for Carol Lindsay. While in junior high school, she was assigned to write a column for her school’s newspaper and won her first poetry contest. Though it could be argued that these achievements sparked the beginning of Carol’s writing career, its true beginning is marked by her position at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island where she wrote a safety column for the Whidbey Crosswind newspaper titled “Safe Sam Sez.” “I made it humorous,” laughed Carol, “which sparked notes from guys on aircraft carriers saying things like ‘The first article I read in the paper is Sam’s column.’”

author01Following her work on Whidbey Crosswind, Carol held a variety of writing positions for publications such as HomeFed Corporation’s in-house magazine Outlook and the Cleveland National Forest’s newspaper, the Forest Gazette. In the ‘80s she began working as a freelance writer and saw great success in selling editorial columns and poems to a wide range of literary and commercial publications. She even wrote and produced her own television show on a local channel for three years called Carlsbad Corner, in which she interviewed local writers, musicians, and artists. Since then, Carol has written two poetry books, two family memoirs, two humor books, and four novels. Her latest novel Taste of Old Wine was recently on display at the San Diego Library downtown.

Carol enjoys the Carlsbad community for its coastal climate, the friendly people, the lagoon, the beach, and of course, the Dove Library. She raised four children in El Cajon but moved to Carlsbad in 1997 after the death of her husband and youngest child. “Spending time at the beach helped me through my grief,” she explained. Today Carol has 10 grandchildren. When she isn’t writing she enjoys spending time with her family, playing croquet, and attending the Current Events group meetings at the Encinitas Senior Center. She is also involved with the Academy of American Poets, Friends of the Carlsbad Library, the Carlsbad Senior Theatre Group, and the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW). When asked about what she would say to aspiring writers, Carol shared, “A writer has writing in the soul from birth. It’s just part of who we are. Writing should be enjoyable and spontaneous, not regimented work. I discarded many of the rules of writing years ago.”

Since her very first award for poetry back in eighth grade, Carol Lindsay has seen much success as a writer of all genres and styles, and has been honored by various organizations for her work, including the Poetry Society of Tennessee, the San Diego Book Awards, the COAL Art Gallery, and the NLAPW, among many others. Even with all of the recognition, Carol has no plans to stop writing anytime soon. “I have an idea folder that could keep me busy for the next 30 years,” she smiled.


Meet Carol

Name: Carol Ann Lindsay
Family: Long-time partner – Glenn Jacobs;
Children – Michael, Mark, Christine;
10 fantastic grandchildren, two of whom are writers
Community: La Costa
Hobbies: Family, golf, talking, sharing, music
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: Batiquitos Lagoon, Dove Library, William D. Cannon Art Gallery, all the beaches