Carol Hamblet Adams is the author of the beloved book of comfort, My Beautiful Broken Shell (more than 170,000 copies sold). Carol gives keynote addresses to youth and adult audiences on self-esteem, personal growth, keeping the fun in life and pursuing dreams. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and is a US Masters competitive swimmer. The mother of eight children, Gay Talbott Boassy frequently makes family the theme of her detailed artwork. Her watercolors also reflect her love for antiques, lace, and angels. She is the artist of A Season of Joy, A Forever Friend, The Key to My Heart, A Is for Always My Friend, and "Cat"astrophes.