Born in 1947, Carol O'Connell studied at the California
Institute or Arts/Chouinard and the Arizona State
University. For many years she survived on occasional
sales of her paintings as well as freelance proof-reading
At the age of 46, Carol O'Connell sent the manuscript of
Mallory's Oracle to Hutchinson, because she felt that a
British publisher would be sympathetic to a first time
novelist and because Hutchinson also publish Ruth Rendell.
Having miraculously found the book on the 'slush pile',
Hutchinson immediately came back with an offer for world
rights, not just for, Mallory's Oracle but for the second
book featuring the same captivating heroine.
At the Frankfurt Book Fair, Hutchinson sold the rights to
Dutch, French and German publishers for six figure sums.
Mallory's Oracle was then taken back to the States where
it was sold, at auction, to Putnam for over $800,000.
Carol O'Connell is now writing full time.
Books:The Chalk Girl, July 2012
Kathleen Mallory Series #10
Find Me, January 2007
Winter House, November 2004
Dead Famous, October 2004
Shell Game, August 2000
Judas Child, August 1999
Stone Angel, July 1998
Killing Critics, July 1997
The Man Who Cast Two Shadows, July 1996
Mallory's Oracle, June 1995