Carolyn Matthews was born in the Antipodes but has lived her adult life in Toronto. She is married with grown children. She has published the non-fiction Heroic Rescues at Sea: True Stories of the Canadian Coast Guard, award-winning short fiction, and feature articles in such newspapers as the Globe and Mail and the National Post.
To the Rescue!
"We live, as we dream - aloneâ€¦" Sometimes our inner isolation is alleviated; in the aftermath of a cataclysmic event, rescuer and rescued meet, and loneliness is bridged. This book of true stories shows ordinary people in extraordinary events - a ski accident, a missing child, thrilling sea rescues - that take place from snow-bound Labrador to the coast of California. It is about the lives of rescuers who search for lifeâ€™s meaning while engaging in deeds of heroism and compassion. It is about the aftermath of rescue. There are stories from each Canadian provinces and from the United States. Each is a story of action and inspiration.
"Matthews is an adequate writer, with a great ability to evoke both character and place. She is sympathetic, but not mawkish, and has the courage of her own convictions about the meanning and purpose of life." -E.E. Cran, NB Telegraph-Journal, July 30, 2005
"Matthews has done us all a favour, not only by writing this book, but by telling us of the existence and work of this valuable and dedicated organization."