Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My name is Carrol Haushalter

I began earning writing credits with articles in the Co-op newspaper in Ponderay, Idaho.
After relocating to Molalla, Oregon, I pursued my writing in earnest, creating several children's stories. My most popular, Henry Goes to Church, is a regular feature of the story time I present, sometimes with Henry, my mini Nubian, as part of the Education Committee at my church, The Molalla United Methodist.

I am a member of the "Friends of the Library" and write a monthly article on the library for the local newspaper.

Stories of my great-grandmother's journey from Texas to New Mexico as part of a cattle drive inspired me to begin to explore the old west through my novel The Adventures of Allie Jo. Watch for publication date on

The adventures of Allie Jo is about a young girl who finds herself part of a cattle drive as her family moves west. Allie Jo learns to cope with dust, stampedes and quick sand as she rides from Texas to New Mexico. Although she may be disguised as a boy, her heart is all girl in the presence of a certain cattle drover.

To add authencity to Allie Jo's story, my husband and I joined an actual cattle drive in 2008 with a ranch in New Mexico.

My entire family is from Arkansas which is where my great-grandparents moved to from New Mexico in 1912 when New Mexico became a state. It just so happened that my great-grandfather's mother was from Arkansas, the same area that all my family lives to this day.

However, there are a few of us strays that have ventured away from home, but our hearts still belong to our down-home cowboys.