About Carol

“I speak sailing”

Carol Newman Cronin is an award-winning author, editor, and Olympian. She has published five books: four novels, and the coffee-table history 100 Years of Gold Stars. Since 2009, she’s maintained Where Books Meet Boats, a weekly blog that attracts a wide range of readers. She also writes magazine articles and marketing content for the marine industry. All of her stories share three common elements: a coastal setting, boats, and a happy ending.

In 2004, Carol crowned a lifetime of competitive achievement by winning two races for the USA at the Olympics in Athens—the homework needed to finish her third novel. Carol’s desk has a view of Narragansett Bay, and she and her husband Paul spend as much time as possible on the water.


Though I do have a phone, the best way to reach me is by email. And I would love to chat with your book or sailing about writing or boats or—best of all—both!

Author details

Editor details

Olympian details

Things you might not know about me

  • My best morning starts off with a sunrise standup paddleboard session that ideally includes woolgathering.
  • My favorite work week challenges me to learn something new and to use more than one skill set.
  • I am a strong believer in the Oxford comma, though I will not use anything besides words to champion my views.
  • My favorite cruising grounds are Maine, Cape Cod, and of course the Caribbean.
  • I sailed across the Atlantic in 1986.
  • I don’t really like sailing by myself, but it’s still way better than not going sailing at all.
  • My favorite pets are other people’s cats.

For more, read Skills, Awards, and Other Details.

Athens 2004 Yngling windiest day