AUTHOR * ARTIST * ADVENTURESS
Living the Adventuress Life!
Carolyn V. Hamilton
Professionally trained as an illustrator and graphic designer, Carolyn V. Hamilton is experienced in print, radio, television and video production, direct response advertising and corporate and marketing copywriting.
She has been a principal in a successful Las Vegas advertising agency and later created Graphic Communications, specializing in print and direct response advertising.
As an advising consultant in marketing to businesses through the Nevada Small Business Development Center, Carolyn helped new start up businesses. She also taught classes on sales brochure development, direct mail marketing, and newsletter design at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
As a free-lance journalist Carolyn writes frequently about travel, business, celebrities and current topics of interest in the news. CLICK HERE to read some of her favorite published articles. She was also the designer and founding editor of the regional magazine, Nevada Woman.
Carolyn V. Hamilton is the author of a murder mystery, Magicide; an eco-adventure romance, Hard Amazon Rain; and a historical fiction, Elisabeth Samson, Forbidden Bride. She co-authored the Cork Proctor memoir, My Mind is an Open Mouth.
As a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer assigned in 1999 to rural community development work in the South American country of Suriname (formerly Dutch Guiana), she lived for a year in the indigenous Amerindian village of Pierrekondre on the northeast corner of the Amazon basin.
There she learned to speak Sranan Tongo and became interested in the plight of Amerindians everywhere in the Amazon. This experience inspired her second novel, the adventure/romance, Hard Amazon Rain.
Her second year in the Peace Corps she worked for the Foundation For Nature Conservation in Suriname (STINASU) where she was responsible for layout, editing and printing of De Wilde Vogels Van Paramaribo/Wild Birds of Paramaribo and De Apen Van Suriname/Monkeys of Suriname.
At the Nola Hatterman Art Institute in Paramaribo she taught a class on textile design. She also designed logos for the Brownsberg Nature Park and the Central Suriname Nature Reserve.
It was in Suriname where Carolyn learned the history of Elisabeth Samson, the first black woman in the 18th century Dutch plantation colony to get legal permission from the government to marry white. This inspired her to write in 2004 her first novel, Elisabeth Samson, Forbidden Bride.
A graduate of Antioch University Seattle with a B.A. in liberal arts, Carolyn has won numerous creative awards as well as the 1996 Greater Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Community Achievement Award in Communications.
She served as a founding board member of Las Vegas Women in Communications (WIC). In 1992 she was nationally nominated for both NAWBO Woman of the Year and Direct Marketing Woman of the Year.
Carolyn V. Hamilton has presented writing workshops at conferences and conventions and produced special events, including the 2012 Cork Proctor Comedy Roast.
In 2009 she founded www.adventuress-travel-magazine.com, the digital magazine “for women over 50 doing fun things.”
She also provides copywriting, content marketing and consulting for a select group of corporate clients.
When she is not traveling, her home base is Cuenca, Ecuador.
And...oh yeah...it's true she was once Playboy's