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Caroline Paul
(July 29, 1963 - living) U.S.A.

Caroline Paul

Firefighter, writer


Born in New York, NY, and raised in a prototypical wasp family in Connecticut (her father was an investment banker, her mother a social worker), openly lesbian and the twin sister of a former Baywatch babe, from childhood, Caroline envied "men's" adventures.

Caroline, as a girl, was a star swimmer. She risked jail to defend her younger brother, Jonathan, against bullies. As a teen, she tried to set a Guinness world record for crawling, stopping after covering 81/2 miles on her hands and knees in the rain. As an adult she became a white water raft guide, a private pilot, and competed in the U.S. Nationals for the sport of Luge.

She has seakayaked in Alaska, mountain biked in places like China and Vietnam, flown her paraglider in Brazil, and skied the backcountry of Denali and the Sierras. Most recently she learned to fly an ultralite.

Caroline graduated from Stanford University with plans to become documentary filmmaker. Instead she took the firefighter's exam in 1988 as research for a planned radio report; when she was accepted, she dropped the story, joined the department and eventually wrote Fighting Fire, a memoir of her time as a San Francisco firefighter. Fighting Fire went on to garner a large readership and critical acclaim.

It was a Book of the Month Club selection, voted a Top Ten Summer Read by the Today Show, highlighted on the Rosie O'Donnell Show, and received Highest Honors from the Library Journal, which represents libraries around the country.

She has sold her second book, called East Wind, Rain, to William Morrow-Harper Collins. It is a work of historical fiction, and will be out in bookstores in 2006. She is a member of the Writer's Grotto in San Francisco and writes out of an old Animal Hospital, with 20 other writers and four (healthy) dogs. She lives with her partner of ten years, Trish Lee, and their three cats.


Website: http://www.carolinepaul.com/

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