Talking to author Carol E. Wyer about roots…

Roots are important. They’re what anchor you… what define you.

I’m going to talk to fellow authors and associate readers to find out what it is about them that’s made them who they are.

Today’s guest is fellow Featured Author, Carole E Wyer. Since one of my interests is genealogy, why don’t we start there?

Do you know much about your lineage?

I have tried to find out about my ancestors but haven’t learned too much, except that a strange great grandmother on my mother’s side lived in a castle in France (!) and I am related to Angela Rippon. (Who would probably be quite surprised to learn that.)

On my father’s side I had more success and when I studied etymology at Uni. I traced back my name which at the time was Wiseman. After several weeks I discovered that my maiden name, Wiseman, was not related to anyone Jewish or has exotic connotations but came from East Anglia (as do all my father’s family) and was originally given to the village idiot. I guess that explains a lot.

Do you have any interesting anecdotes that have been passed down through the generations?

My mother has hundreds of funny stories. Give her a couple of bottles of wine and she’ll talk all night about her family who used to own hotels in the North of England. Unfortunately, I can’t repeat many of them as I might get sued by someone famous who stayed at one of the hotels.

Surprisingly, I know very little about my heritage. I only really know about my parents and my grandparents. My parents were pretty cagey about life before then. I gave them a large book to complete for my son to have in later life. That way, I thought we’d all learn a little about the family, but to this day it remains empty. Maybe there are dark secrets that’ll remain undiscovered.

Can you say if there has been a specific moment in your life that has defined who you are?

I have spoken before about life changing experiences and for me my life changed dramatically when I was twenty-one and found myself paralysed after what should have been a relatively simple spinal procedure went wrong.

I had a terrible reaction, my spine and back went into uncontrollable spasms and I had to be sedated for a long time. I spent the next few weeks unable to walk. A light went on in my head at that time and  decided I could lie in bed and mope or I could try to do something about the situation. Determination, youth and luck all played their part. After many days of trying to regain movement, I finally managed a few steps and then I was on the road to recovery.

From that day onwards I became a very positive person who appreciates what I have been given in life, and that is why I want to share my own personal happiness with others and help them to also appreciate what is often under their noses. What better way than through humour?

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Being an only child and an Army brat who moved around a lot, I didn’t have contact with any other relatives. My parents didn’t meet up much with their siblings either. I met three of my eight cousins when I was very young and I heard recently that they are trying to find out more about the Wiseman side of the family. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll visit them and discover who I really am!

Ed. note While I wasn’t an Army brat. I was an only child until I was fourteen, at which time I inherited a younger step-brother.

Thanks for stopping by and chatting today, Carol. It’s been a lot of fun getting to know you better. Maybe one of these days, you’ll be able to share some of your mother’s stories.

Find out more about Carol and her books:

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Please leave a comment

  1. Nicky Wells Says:

    Fabulous feature, as always, Melanie. Thank you for sharing what you know about your roots, Carol ‘Wiseman’ Wyer (LOL) and your life-changing moment must have been terrifying. I am in awe of your strength and determination, especially at such a young age. I don’t know if I could pulled that off: you are truly amazing. Rock on!

  2. Melanie Robertson-King Says:

    Thanks Nicky! I love doing this feature and finding out about folks.

  3. Kit Domino Says:

    Great feature and very interesting, Carole. Your “epiphany” moment sounds very painful but has certainly led to some wonderful fun reads from you. Yours, most grateful … xx

  4. Carol Wyer Says:

    Thank you very much Melanie. It has been really nice to chat to you. Thank you very much too Nicky and Kit. Nah! It’s not determination Nicky – probably blind optimism that sees me through. 🙂

  5. Nikki Bywater Says:

    What a great feature, really enjoyed reading this. Carol that must have been so a frightening thing to happen to you and it was really good how you handled the situation so young too. xx

  6. kimatsafkhet Says:

    Very interesting feature, thank you Melanie and Carol. I love finding out more about the people I work with 🙂

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