Born in the small town of Waitara, Taranaki, New Zealand, in June
1948, this second child in the Gundesen family was named Carolyn Ann.
At the early age of 14, Carolyn began teaching 9-year-old girls in
Sunday School and it was then that she wrote her first novel, reading a chapter a week to the girls in the class as an 'extra treat'.
The strength and tenacity of Carolyn's bicycle-riding father has been inherited by Carolyn in her ability to keep writing until the work is completed. (Carolyn's father once held the record for riding around the local Taranaki Mountain, Mount Egmont, TWICE NON-STOP; the one hundred mile distance being doubled to two hundred miles.)
Three days after her 19th birthday, Carolyn married Walter Aish and became a dairy-farmer's wife, living in Inglewood. Eighteen months later, a daughter, Deborah was born; and nine years passed before a son, Edward, came into the world.
Married to Micheal Rawson, in February 1992, Deborah made her parents into proud grandparents in May of 1993; Ethan Thomas Rawson; and in August of 1995, Deborah made them grand-parents again with a second grandson, Dwight Micheal.
Having invested time at a Bible Institute in Virginia, in the U.S.A.,
(1975-1977), Walter and Carolyn became foundational Pastor and Pastor's wife of Liberty Baptist Church, which services a very wide area, the province of Taranaki, all around the mountain.
While in the U.S.A., Carolyn took a class in journalism in the Bible College. Her teacher, Marie Chapman, told her, "You must write, Carolyn; you have it in you, and you must write." The example of seeing Mrs Chapman use every moment to jot down thoughts, recording them in her notebook, left a lasting impression on Carolyn who now seeks to use every spare moment in her chosen and compulsive craft. Others do knitting and cross-stitch; Carolyn writes.
Carolyn has, for over 35 years been very involved in children's ministries; camps, clubs etc. She has written many camp booklets, programs, plays, musicals and songs.
In 1991, Carolyn's first novel, TREASURES, was published in the United States of America; followed by CASTLES. In 1992, a third in this series, (The Frencolian Chronicles) was published, KINGDOMS. Three prequels in this series have been published since then, but fans are asking for more. SECRETS is the next planned book in this series.
UBOOO—(Universal Blessings Out Of Ordeals)—books for small children were also published in 1992, together with a pattern book to make soft UBOOO toys designed by Carolyn. Children really love UBOOOs and enjoy the Scriptural lessons and exciting stories that go with them.
At the end of 1994, Carolyn completed a work she had begun seven years previous. It is a hymn called Sing God's Song, which spans the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, in 754 verses. The hymn is recorded in the 1996 Guinness Book of Records (music section, page 144) as being the "Longest published hymn". Sing God's Song broke a record set eight hundred years ago. THIS SONG is also listed in the 2003 Guinness World Records Book, page 191.
Working at odd hours and some 'stolen' time, (minutes here and there are valuable to such a writer), Carolyn continued her creative works, adding the extra task of printing and publishing her books so that fans who write for 'more' are kept somewhat satisfied.
At the beginning of 1998, 20th January, the famous Max Corkill and his loved cat, Rastus, were tragically killed. Carolyn's husband, Pastor Wally Aish, officiated at the funeral. After this, Beryl Sutton, (Max Corkill's sister), and a 'fan' of Carolyn's books, asked Carolyn to write story books about Rastus and Max. "Write something for the children," Beryl requested.
With Beryl's help and encouragement, the first book in the series: 'The Nine Lives of Rastus', as launched in December 1998. Designed for small children, RASTUS YEAR ONE: HIDE KITTY HIDE, is a rhyming story told by Rastus himself, about how he met his life-time friend, Max.
The second book, RASTUS, YEAR TWO: RIDE RASTUS RIDE, is about how Rastus learned to ride on a motorcycle and affirms the fact that if we really want to do something badly enough, we can! Due to the large demand for these books by both bookstores and individuals, quotes from various printers were sought, and a printing house engaged so that the greater numbers of books could be produced.
RASTUS, YEAR THREE: RASTUS' TRAVELS
RASTUS YEAR FOUR: RASTUS BEHIND BARS
RASTUS YEAR FIVE: RASTUS IN THE LAND OF THE
LONG WHITE CLOUD
RASTUS YEAR SIX: RASTUS BECOMES FAMOUS.
RASTUS YEAR SEVEN: RASTUS’ FAN CLUB
More books in the Rastus Series are coming and will delight both children and collectors of Rastus memorabilia.
A series called 'GARDEN PARABLES' about a snail named DESMOND, is popular among children, and schools that know about it are using the first book, Desmond Finds Treasure, as a reader. Another in the series, "Desmond Finds Himself" has been published too.
The story of Snow-White 2 is based on a dream Carolyn had. Wishing
others to be able share this story, she self-published Snow-White 2 in print,
and is now on to the second print of this story, which supercedes time and age.
Carolyn is working on Snow-White 3, which is about a young Maori Princess
who finds herself in medieval Europe.
In 2001, Snow-White 2 was published as a free eBook, a chapter a week,
on ScribesValley.com theatre. This has been followed, in 2002, with The
Kingdom's Secret as a free eBook, and also, Apples of Gold, a longer
novellette, are there on the ScribesValley.com theatre site.
Carolyn has over 60 books in print, not including a set of creative
writing stationary she designed and published in 1998.
Since Carolyn’s husband, Walter, was promoted to Heaven, (27 May 2003),
Carolyn has given more time to her writing, and is publishing a number of her own novels and children’s stories into print. Since 2005, she has been working at publishing other new authors in print, and as at today’s date has a number of contracts illustrators as well.
To see new books Carolyn is printing, you may go to:
A third grandchild, daughter of Carolyn’s son, Edward, and Daughter-in-law,
Bronwyn, was born May, 2004 and was given her late Grandad’s name, ‘Vivian’ as her middle name – she is Gwyneth Vivian Aish, as a great delight to her ‘Oma’, Carolyn. And in 2007, Felicity Joy was born, very much a joy to all.
Children are an inspiration to Carolyn and she writes and creates to share with them.