Carolyn Poling Schriber

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Carolyn Poling Schriber


Dr. Schriber received her PhD in History from the University of Colorado, where she studied medieval Europe and the history of 19th-century America. She enjoyed a career as a tenured professor at Rhodes College, specializing in medieval history and publishing extensively on relationships between Anglo-Norman bishops and kings in the twelfth century. After she retired with Professor Emerita status, she turned her attention to her second love, the history of America's Civil War.

Her first published works, A Scratch with the Rebels and Beyond All Price, are both been set in South Carolina during the north's occupation of the Low Country. A Scratch with the Rebels illuminates the depth and diversity of perspectives from ordinary soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Beyond All Price tells the story of Nellie Chase, who served as matron and nurse in the Roundhead Regiment from Pennsylvania. Nellie fought her own series of wars, against an abusive husband, against a vengeful Presbyterian minister, against nineteenth-century attitudes toward women who lacked the protection of family status, and ultimately, against a foe more lethal than war itself. 

Her first book of 2012, The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese, originated as a series of blog posts written by Dr. Schriber as she struggled to find her own way through what she calls the "thickets of self-publishing." The lessons she learned along the way helped her to win two separate book awards and to find herself listed among the top 100 Amazon best Sellers in Historical Fiction. Now she is sharing her writing secrets. 

Next, she re-issued her first scholarly monograph as a trade paper edition. The Dilemma of Arnulf of Lisieux takes readers back to the twelfth century. But there was more to come. By the end of the year, Schriber had added another work of historical fiction.The Road to Frogmore is a biographical study of Laura M. Towne, a woman who was instrumental in bringing education to the newly-emancipated slaves of South Carolina's Low Country.  It is based entirely on fact but told in the form of a novel.

 Now she is preparing to issue Left by the Side of the Road,  a collection of short stories set in the Civil War. Some of these stories appeared for a while as a Kindle Select e-book, but in October they will reappear in an expanded second edition, while will be available in both trade paper and e-book formats.