Carol Shoemaker is the mother of six children, author of her soon-to-be released book, 'Secret at Lock House No. 8', a personal journey of the search for truth of her adoption.
She just created a Video Book Trailer that can be seen on Youtube at http://youtu.be/_lsGd-QwstU
Carol is a two-time veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Pentagon during Viet Nam and again in Germany (1978-80). Ms. Shoemaker is a member of the Disabled American Veterans Association, National Native American Veterans Association, Austin Film Society and National Academy of Native American Arts Society (NANAAS.)
Ms. Shoemaker holds a B.S. in Human Services.
She is a dual citizen of the United States and Israel. A highlight of her trip to Israel was when asked to deliver a message, from the children of K?far Adumim, to Hilary Clinton in Jerusalem, during the Peace Conference, held in Jordan (1994).
Upon returning to the U.S., she had the honor of writing the online biography of Michael Landon, for the Michael Landon International Internet Fan Club.
Carol, born as Laura Carol and her twin sister, Linda Clara, were put up for adoption and sent to separate homes, from the hospital and against their mother's consent. Carol was in foster care, later adopted and raised in an abusive home.
She later found her birth relatives but not all the truth. In her early 20's she learned she was Jewish and in 1995, that she was Cherokee, from the Ani Tsisqua (Bird) Clan, Tribal Town of Alabama Quassarte. Ms. Shoemaker is an enrolled member of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi (Cherokee of Texas), and Cherokee Nation of Mexico.
She is an Advocate for Adult Adoptees to have their SEALED BIRTH RECORDS opened, so that they may reunite with their birth relatives if they so desire.
In 2010, Carol connected, through DNA, to a cousin, who is also an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Her journey, while painful, has also been a rewarding experience.
One man's take on life told thru humorous short stories from his childhood on into his mid-50's; from feeling like an outcast in school to being an adult. His intent: hope. Hope in that you shall see, no matter how rough life can seem -and is- at times, that you may be able to enjoy it. Each story will bring a laugh, a smile, a tear, a lesson.
The 23rd Annual Book Awards said:
"We Really Need To Laugh" shares “memories which will resonate with many readers. Overall a creative presentation of the author’s life given in a rather sing-song poetic story telling style; a pleasant read"