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I am particularly fond of being scared and writing psychological thrillers,horror and satire. The scarier the better but I always write with the lights on even during the day time.

Background Information

You may never notice me, but I'm here, there, and in between wherever I am, wherever you are. That's how I go all at once or not at all. I am a writer. That's what I do; I write. When I am awake that's all I think about. When I sleep I am dreaming and weaving something else to put on paper. I am constantly watching those who walk among us undetected, the quiet ones, those who would snuff us out in our sleep. These are the people I write about, like Joe and Demitri in Mind on Fire available at It isn't the darkness that frightens me or the little noises that make life uneasy, it's what I know is out there. It's worse than anything I could imagine lurking waiting for the light to show it where I am and that in itself takes my fear one step closer to it, holding my breath, stopping my heart until I can no longer breathe, until I can no longer open my eyes, or exhale.


From the Ashes

It's true that in this debilitating darkness I have been called mad, more so difficult than insane, manically creative in my isolation, depressively inspired looking for the light and yet harmless to those who dare to interrupt the process or oppose creations born out of this path of a mind on fire within the ashes pursuing sanity and a quiet mind. My intentions are mistakenly offensive as are my rapidly fleeting brilliance of magical places and mysterious people who cause trouble in my name, while I unknowingly, yet sub-conscientiously resist the influence as they continue to set up residency in the back of my mind, inconspicuously, yet itchy in their occupied existence where I am unable to scratch. In time I know they will move on as have the others over time, changing their minds, changing their names, trying to change mine, retreating their initial mission to take over all who dwell here within, or assuming they can disguise themselves, returning under another name, thinking I have forgotten, unaware and will let them re-inhabit the confines of this narrowing state of disquietude. Time in the end will rear its ugly head, in that final moment, spit the truth in our eye, turn out our light and walk away.

Birth Place
Ft Worth, TX USA

I have been multi-published in magazines, journals, reviews, libraries, colleges, Texas Poetry society, in 2007 became an internationally published Poet. Most recently I published my first novel Mind on Fire, a psychological thriller. about three generations of serial killers who become over time, fixated on one family.

C.A. Dawson Biography

Cairol Dawson Worley is a native Texan and attended Texas Christian University, and T.C.C both in Fort Worth, Texas. She was first published at the age of sixteen and has since been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, journals, and reviews.

In the Spring of 2004 Cairol placed 2nd Place for the General Edmond C. Lynch Memorial Award and 3rd Place for The Holcomb College Award in the ‘Poetry In the Schools’ awards of the Poetry Society of Texas.

In 2004 her poetry won 1st Place for “Vanishing” and 2nd Place for “Big Boned Woman” in the Lu Spurlock Award. No one has ever won both 1st and 2nd Place in the Trinity Writer’s competition.

In 2006 she was selected as one of the top 10 out of 804 entries for the “Serial Novel Contest” sponsored by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Newspaper and Texas Christian University Press and was acknowledged at Bass Hall on October 25th of the same year.

On December 12, 2006 her poetry was conjoined with the brilliant photography and painting of another local artist Thuy Saliba at a media presentation of “Poetry and Art” at the Community Arts Center in Fort Worth.

In March of 2007 “Big Boned Woman” won acknowledgement at the Austin International Poetry Festival.

Winner of the Haltom City Library annual Poetry State-wide competition, Write Across Texas in 2008 for her Poem When My Father Left.

Mind on Fire, a psychological thriller, a first novel in a series, was published in Oct 2008. or

Cartier Steele Review will publish “Big Boned Woman” in their May/June 2009 issue

Mirror Magazine Online accepted The Vacuum for publication in the May/June 2009 issue.

Orange Socks, a memorial poem about a young unidentified woman murdered in Georgetown, Texas 1979, will be published in the July/Aug 2009 edition of Mirror Magazine Online.

All Things Girl Magazine published Polka Dots May 2009 and Empty Nest in July 2009.

6 Sentences published Why Poets Write April 8, 2009

From the Shadows (Shadows) won Editor’s Choice Award at the April 2009 Canis Latrin (The Coyote) Writing Competition at Weatherford College Books ‘n Authors ‘n All That Jazz.

Conversations with Death will appear as a series in Mirror Magazine Online beginning May 15, 2009.

Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope online workshop - numerous first place recognitions for poetry 2007-2009.

Additional Information

Mind on Fire is about three generations of serial killers who become fixated on one family over time. It is the first in a series of the family's involved and it is set in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1993-94 I interviewd Henry Lee Lucas on deathrow (at the time) here in Texas to research the justification of the serial killer, if there is such a thing and their thought process. What makes them tick? All I know is that they are the scariest things for me in my world, walking among us,maybe living next door, completely undetected. EVENTS: June 27 - Radio Interview with Linda Bagwell, Listen to “Book ‘n Authors” Saturdays, 10 a.m. KYQX-FM 89.5 Live interviews with Texas authors Linda Bagwell, host Booksigning at 11am following the show at Bookcase Bookstore in Weatherford, TX

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