Carolyn Steele


Carolyn Steele

Carolyn Steele

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Carolyn has been a psychologist, a paramedic, a proof reader and several other things, not all of them beginning with P. A trucker, for example. She began writing the day she decided to try and see the world…doing both just to find out if she could. When excerpts from her first travelogue were published by the Rough Guides she decided to keep on doing both. It made a change from teaching CPR to nightclub bouncers and designing wedding cakes.

You can also meet Carolyn at her website


Trucking in English

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This is a genuinely funny book, the hilarious story of an ex-pat truck-driving woman; a not-so-innocent abroad. Well-written and witty, this book tickles the same parts that Bill Bryson reaches, and in much the same way. ~ Michael Hargreave Mawson AVP

Almost Ice Road Truckers, except for the tulip bulbs… “So here’s the plan. I’m going to train to drive a truck and go long-haul. I can get paid and maybe write a book at the same time. What do you reckon?” “Go for it Mum, how bad can it be?” This is the tale of what happens when a middle-aged mum from England decides to actually drive 18-wheelers across North America instead of just dreaming about it. From early training (when it becomes apparent that negotiating 18 wheels and 13 gears involves slightly more than just learning how to climb in) this rookie overcomes self-doubt, infuriating companions and inconsiderate weather to become a real trucker. She learns how to hit a moose correctly and how to be hijacked. She is almost arrested in Baltimore Docks and survives a terrifying winter tour of The Rockies. Nothing goes well, but that’s why there’s a book.


A Year on Planet Alzheimer

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I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to do a bit of armchair traveling and slip someone else’s life over his or her shoulders. ~ Laurie Boris

Armed with a small child, several degrees in Psychology and twenty years as a paramedic, the author decides she has what it takes to take a job caring for a Canadian senior with Alzheimer’s Disease. This book details more than one journey. The trip across Canada is the easy one, the trip into 24/7 exhaustion and back to the Nazi occupation of Holland in someone else’s mind is more challenging.

Described by readers as a cross between Bridget Jones and Bill Bryson, A Year On Planet Alzheimer is almost the story of an adventure. It isn’t quite a travelogue, despite being largely about places. It would be dereliction of duty to omit to pass comment on the remarkable ceiling at Vancouver Bus Station for example or the remarkable discovery that they don’t turn Niagara Falls off at night.

It is almost the story of a child…what happens when you tell a nine-year-old that travel broadens the mind? What does travel do to a nine-year-old mind?  Not to mention living with someone who gets away with being naughty when you can’t. Mainly there is life and the sheer unexpectedness of the way other people live it. Not just the snow dump but the incredulity generated by wanting to see it. It could be the story of an adventure with a few more shimmering sunsets dancing over majestic waves. There are some majestic waves, naturally, but this tale is more obsessed with meatballs. It is therefore the story of an escapade.


  1. Jackie Weger says:

    Carolyn! I read Trucking in English with my mouth hanging open. Wow! Girl you have Moxie. I thought I had the stuff living solo in jungle villages, but you have a corner on it. Yours is the highway jungle. I did not skip a page in Trucking in English, it was that enthralling and funny.

  2. Mary Smith says:

    I loved Trucking in English – though I have no intentions of ever learnign to drive a truck – especially not one of those huge monster trucks you drove. My sister bought a copy for her son who is a truck driver – but only British ones, which are babies in comparison.

  3. Bill Bryson, eat your heart out! Carolyn, your work – and your experiences – are amazing!

    In awe,

  4. Thank you ladies. 🙂 A comparison to Bill Bryson has just made my day!

  5. Carolyn, you must be a fearless adrenaline junkie to have undertaken your trucking experience! My kind of girl! Well done. Can’t wait to read your book.

    • I hope you enjoy it Dianne. Adrenaline junkie? Yes, guess that’s what happens when you start life as a paramedic. Life is quite tame these days.

      • And a paramedic, too? (I’m a retired EMT). You have a fabulous set of skills and experience, of which I’m totally envious and in awe of.:-D Most of all, I am in awe of your superb tech/web page design skills and I am so full of gratitude towards you for setting up our site and author pages. They are spectacular!

  6. Being new to eNovel Authors at Work, I wasn’t sure Carolyn Steele the author was the same Carolyn who set up my fabulous page here. Now I know these talented ladies are one and the same. So . . . thank you, thank you, Carolyn! I so appreciate your efforts on my behalf. And you drive big rigs, too? Now I’m in total awe.

  7. Abby says:

    Really looking forward to reading this book. Heard so many great things about it!

  8. Carolyn, you’re not only a talented writer but a talented web-designer as well! Thanks for all that you do and for being part of our wonderful group.

  9. Mike Markel says:

    I want to thank you for setting up my author page here. Excellent work. You make me look like a real pro. I do sincerely appreciate it.

  10. Jenny Harper says:

    Carolyn, your story looks amazing. I’m looking forward to reading it – and many thanks for setting up my page!

  11. ‘A Year on Planet Alzheimer’ Carolyn, forgive me if I pick fault with the title of this book. Being of a certain age myself and surrounded by at least a few people who are going down the path of this horrendous illness, I cannot see the relevance of the title to the story the blurb says it portrays. Have you ever met or dealt with someone with this condition? Until I did I used to joke about it every time I forgot something. But having met it, it is not just a matter of becoming forgettable, it is more a matter or a person losing who they have been and not recognising the world around them. A year on planet Alzheimer is enough to drive a sane person crazy. Please give this some thought.

    • Thank you for the observation Kristen, I am considering a name change but not for the reason you suggest. I have realised that a truncated version of the blurb found its way onto the page here, always the way, I spent more time on other people’s pages.

      The book is partly a diary of a year being the sole caregiver for someone with very advanced dementia, and yes, I very nearly was driven crazy by it. I discovered, however, during a reading tour with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, having emotional question and answer sessions with many, many other caregivers who were desperate for permission to be human and frail themselves, that permission to laugh was a great gift. Not at the person they loved and cared for, but at the screwy situations they ended up in and the awful mistakes we all made.

      I absolutely felt on a different planet during that time, and while using the marvellous, groundbreaking and effective Validation method of communication with the lady I cared for I had to completely change the way I viewed the world and my assumptions of it in order to be successful. Sometimes I failed. The diary was my permission to myself to be human, my release valve, and it helped others. The Planet Alzheimer phrase was coined by a friend who was caring for her husband, at a similar stage of dementia to my lady, at the same time. We shared the pain and the giggles often via email.

      I thought I was writing a travel book until people told me that the lady I cared for was the star, as a result the book is a hybrid. (Which is terrible for sales.) I truly believe that humour is the way to survive in all circumstances. Not everyone agrees with me.

      • Jackie Weger says:

        Carolyn! I agree with you humor saves our sanity in more ways than one! I adored “A Year on the Planet Alzheimer.” I found not only humor in the book, but a kindness and grace that I am not always capable of. You nailed it! A beautiful book.
        Jackie Weger

      • Donna Fasano says:

        Carolyn, I give you my permission to laugh in the face of tragedy. I was the sole caregiver of my father during the final 2 years of his life as he battled cancer. If I wasn’t allowed to laugh and blow off a little steam every now and than, I would have lost my mind. Sending you much love!

        • Mary says:

          I’m with the ‘humour brigade’ on this one. My father has severe dementia and requires care 24/7 – and his wife (the wicked step-monster) just upped and left a few months ago because she wasn’t prepared to care for him. Now, I’ve had to move in and become the main care giver, helped by my partner and sister. If we weren’t able to laugh we’d go under for sure. It’s the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do. Mostly, my dad knows me but occasionally (and I know this will happen more often) he looks at me and sees a stranger and it breaks my heart so I need to be able to use humour to keep things together – for his sake as well as mine.I keep a daily diary and am planning to put it up as a blog called My Dad’s a Goldfish. I think anyone who has cared for someone with severe dementia will know exactly what that expression means – and I hope will smile in recognition.

          • Jackie Weger says:

            MarY! I cannot wait for that Blog! My Dad’s Goldfish. I know sometimes when we’re emailing back and forth you say: Gotta go! My Dad is on the move! I get it now! Grace under fire!

          • Mary, have you read Guppies for Tea by Marika Cobbold? It’s a novel rather than a memoir but it gets those moments just right and is a joy to read.

    • Carolyn, forgive me for not reading the blurb correctly. I was trying to speed read which was a terrible mistake as I can only take in one word at a time!
      To have spent a year coping with this poor lady is truly mind blowing. I know I haven’t the character to do it. I’d be the wicked step-mother and dump the poor soul in a home and forget about them.
      (I do have redeeming features in other ways).
      I wonder if there is a difference between people who choose to do this and people who HAVE to.

      • I’m grateful to you Kristen, the blurb did need work and I have fixed it. And you’ve sparked off a really interesting discussion. As to your question, when I’ve stopped writing the whimsy and nonsense in my head there will be a serious book for caregivers on exactly the difference you mention.

  12. Julie Frayn says:

    Hi Carolyn,

    Once again, thanks so much for the awesome job on the website. I’m such a dolt with this stuff and appreciate that others rock at it. My own site is designed by my sister (another Carolyn!).

    I feel like I am living on Planet Alzheimer. My mother was diagnosed last fall, and if I didn’t find humour in it, I’d run the hell away. Laughing along with my mother as she struggles through this disease keeps us both sane, and really honours her. Because I inherited that ability from her, to find humour (often very inappropriate humour) in the saddest of places.

    Keep on trucking, Ms. Steele!

  13. Hi, Carolyn. Wow! My author page looks great, and the quotes you chose from my reviews are perfect! You worked very hard to give eNovels a beautiful site all of our authors can be proud of. I look forward to reading your both of your books–since we definitely share the same offbeat sense of humor!

    All my best,

  14. Carolyn, I’ve changed my web site address to It’s a long story. The short is that Webs “froze” my site on the first day of my Kindle promotion and got me mad. Apparently someone had reported suspicious activity on my site, and rather than check the site out, they locked it. Now that the promo is over, I’ll be deleting my account with them. I didn’t know if I need to alert you or not. Thanks for all the lovely work you do on our pages.

    Sharon Pennington

  15. Pete Barber says:

    Hi Carolyn,

    I saw this contest and thought about “Truckin in English” looks like a perfect fit :-).


  16. Rich Meyer says:

    Just picked up the Alzheimer’s book; don’t know how I managed to miss that one before. Trucking in English is a great read!

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