Carol Cassella is a practicing physician and the national bestselling author of three novels, Gemini (2014), Healer (2010), Oxygen (2008), each published by Simon & Schuster and translated into multiple foreign languages. All three novels were Indie Next Picks. Her books have been finalists for the Washington State Book Award, and highlighted as top choices by Library Journal, Booklist, Harpers Bazaar, People Magazine, Poets & Writers, Women’s Day, and USA Today, among others. She frequently appears as a speaker and teacher at literary events and conferences throughout the United States.
Carol majored in English Literature at Duke University and attended Baylor College of Medicine. She is board certified in both internal medicine and anesthesiology, and practiced primary care with a focus on cross cultural and underserved populations before becoming an anesthesiologist. Prior to writing fiction Carol wrote for the Global Health division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation covering their grant projects throughout the developing world. She has been a contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Huffington Post among other sites, and edits a literary section in Anesthesiology, the journal of the American Society of Anesthesiology. She is a founding member of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit supporting literacy and reading in the Pacific Northwest, and also serves on medical organizations working in Nicaraguaand Bhutan. Carol lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with her husband and two sets of twins (whom she counts as her grandest works of art!). She is currently working on her fourth novel.
|Carol reading to her children||The Cassella children, and Bella (photo Quinn Gunderson)||Children in Nicaragua|
|North Cascades hiking||Ski trail in the North Cascades||Hiking in Utah|
|In the operating room in Bhutan||The Global Burn Care team in Bhutan||Tiger's Nest, Bhutan|
- Listen to an interview with Floyd McKay on Chuckanut Radio Hour.
- Watch an interview with Nancy Pearl on Book Lust TV.
- Listen to an interview on the Chuckanut Radio Hour from March 27, 2014.
- Listen to an interview with Marcie Sillman on KUOW 94.9 Seattle News and Information from March 18, 2014.
- Read an interview with Norelle Done in Seattle Wrote on March 4, 2014.
- Listen to an interview with Mark DeWitt on his podcast "Cover to Cover" from March 20, 2014.
- Listen to an interview with Kate Daniels on WARM 106.9 's segment "Inspirational Women" from march 16, 2014.
- Listen to a review of Gemini on Cincinatti's WVXU 91.7 by Kelly Blewett.
- Listen to an in-depth interview with Carol by Rick Kleffel on the Agony Column Podcast by following the link to the MP3 file from the podcast page. You can also read his review of Gemini here.
- Listen as Bill Kenower chats with writer/physician Carol Casella, author of Healer and Oxygen on February 28, 2012. A devoted member of The Seattle Seven, Carol is as committed to medicine as she is her excellent prose.
- Listen to an interview about writing and medicine with AMSA, The American Medical Student Association, in 2013.
- Watch an interview by Author magazine on September 24, 2009, where Carol discusses linking scientific knowledge with the emotional impact that it carries in this world.
- Watch a videotaped interview by Authors Online in September 2009 that really gets to the heart of writing. Read the interviewer's blog, where he speaks eloquently about the loneliness and fear factor of writing.
- Listen to an interview on WARM 106.9 in July 2009.
- Read an interview by Judith C. Tingley of Seattle Woman magazine in July, 2009, titled "Doctor, Mother… & Now Author".
- Watch an interview with Carol on KATU-TV's AM Northwest. Portland, Oregon, June 15, 2009.
- Listen to Carol Cassella read from Oxygen. Distributed by KQED The Writer's Block on Oct. 27, 2008.
- Read an interview by Rebecca Teagarden of the Seattle Times on October 19, 2008, titled "Carol Wiley Cassella is just your average author-doctor-wife-mother-of-four..."
- Listen to an interview conducted by NPR on July 1, 2008. More information...
- Listen to an interview conducted by Marty Nemko, NPR in San Francisco on July 13, 2008. More information...
- Read an interview by Suzanne Selfors, Bainbridge Island Library News, page 9, Summer, 2008.
- Listen to an interview by Eric Spencer from The Creative Mind Behind/ "Women to Watch" on July 28, 2008. Eric says "You know I’ve had some great novelists on the show this year, and I’m saying that this is one of the best novels of 2008. Carol masterfully weaves in medical issues and what it’s like to work in a major hospital with an emotional storyline that will leave you wondering what’s next the entire book. This novel, besides entertaining you, may just open your eyes to the relationship between doctors and patients, the sense of responsibility that physicans have, and the medical ethics that are part of the field." More information...
- Read an interview on Novel Journey, September, 2008.
- Click here to read an interview with Carol in the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities quarterly, Currents, titled "People in Humanities – Exploring the Human Story."
- Listen to and Interview with A.C. Fuller on Writer 2.0 about GEMINI and the process of writing. Click here to listen as an iTunes podcast.