Carol D. O’Dell’s world changed the day she was adopted. Taken from Daytona Beach to Atlanta and raised by adoring parents of a fiery faith, Carol was steeped in Bible stories and bedtime stories. She is drawn to the Southern, the reverent and irreverent found in art, nature, faith, and man.
Carol D. O’Dell’s gripping memoir Mothering Mother: A Daughter’s Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir, and is for the “sandwich” generation and overflows with humor, grace and much needed honesty.
Mothering Mother is based on Carol’s journals as she cared for her mother during her final years as her mother suffered with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Carol moved her mother into her home and gave her a home passing. Mothering Mother chronicles the challenges, humor, funny and sweet times, frustrating and scary times that come with caring for those we love.
Carol’s fiction and nonfiction work has appeared in numerous publications including Atlanta Magazine, Voices of Alzheimer’s, Women’s Digest, Blue Moon Review, Water’s Edge, The Pisgah Review, and AIM, America’s Intercultural Magazine.
Carol is a Jacksonville University graduate, creative writing teacher and inspirational speaker. She is a family advisor at Caring.com where she offers insight and guidance to those who are struggling with family and caregiving concerns. Carol’s blog is read by thousands monthly and can be found at She is alo syndicated on . Carol speaks to caregiving families and organizations around the country, and she has been featured on CNN.com, Fox television, Atlanta, WPBS/WEDU, and many other television and radio programs. She is endorsed by Florida’s Alzheimer’s Association and Community Hospice. Her message is one of hope and purpose.