Carla Ryan was born in the Midwest, the oldest of five children. Her childhood taught her about taking care of the younger siblings and helping with any animals that found their way to the family home by way of her father’s pocket. Pork Chops the piglet was her favorite childhood pet… and King, their black Labrador.
Her first poem, about kittens, was written at the age of nine. That was followed by essays and stories and more poetry. She learned to read and loved the escape into imaginary worlds. It was there she felt happiest until she discovered the wonder and joy of going to school.
A nineteen-year-old Carla drove across-country to California in 1974, her first solo car trip, to marry for the first time. The marriage only lasted a couple of years, but the painful experiences she endured in that relationship became a powerful, healing memoir 30 years later. Carla’s intention for sharing her story is to help other women (victims of domestic violence) discover the healing power of revealing family secrets, whether through journaling, story writing, or in combination with other forms of recovery.
During her second marriage (in her early thirties), Carla wrote her first mystery novel for middle-grade children. It was stored in an envelope deep inside a box for 25 years before being rediscovered, refined, and published in late 2019… “In Search of the Mystic Fisherman.” (See BOOKS page.)
Much of those middle-age years were spent in corporate offices and adult classrooms. Carla pursued her education, moved about the Western states until she found Colorado. It was then that she expanded her work skills, released another marriage, raised her two children, and eventually found contentment in a ministerial career. Everything meshed!
Now in the “third season” of life, Carla is finally settled on the western edge of Colorado with her husband, Mike. They have been married for more than twenty years. Carla simply can’t imagine a better life partner. Their days are filled with their dogs, friends, volunteer activities, writing, business endeavors, exploring local restaurants, lots of reading, and more writing.
Carla has been an avid student her entire life. Her eagerness for advanced education ended for a brief period after high school graduation. While it took seventeen years to get her four-year degree, she persisted and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. It was validation of the many years she worked in the corporate environment, most often in the marketing and communications realm.
She continued her educational efforts and received a Master of Religious Studies, as well as dual ministerial credentials (Interfaith and Religious Science). Carla’s path eventually culminated in dual Doctoral degrees (Religious Studies and Divinity) and becoming an ordained Religious Science minister. For now, her formal education and acquiring more degrees seems to be complete… although seeking knowledge will never end.
Carla and her husband have been blessed with a blended family of five children. All are grown, married, and there are now eight grandchildren to visit and cuddle.
With so much activity and unlimited love, there’s no doubt that the adventures and stories will continue. Through each telling, each revision, a deeper version of Carla’s life will be revealed and shared.