Welcome! Whether you're a first-time visitor or long-time friend, I'm glad you found your way here. I'm a writer who's inspired by the people, places, culture, and history of the Midwest.

My Books

One of the best things about writing is the opportunity to share experiences with readers. The stories in my memoir and my historical novel encourage readers to recall their own growing up years and the lives of their ancestors, whether they 'grew up country' or not. Because of the stories readers share with me, I've developed a deep appreciation for the value of preserving everyday stories - the fabric of our lives and culture.

Simple Truth

Angela Darrah gets the job of her dreams only to find her client may be exploiting immigrant employees. With each new revelation, she finds herself questioning not only the client but also herself. Ultimately, she must answer: What is she willing to risk to help someone else?

Go Away Home

Set in World War One-era Iowa, GO AWAY HOME is a captivating coming-of-age novel that explores the enduring themes of family, friendship, and love, as well as death and grief.

Growing up country, by Carol Bodensteiner

Growing Up Country, Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl

GROWING UP COUNTRY delivers a treat as delicious as oatmeal cookies hot out of the oven—a memoir of a happy childhood growing up on a family farm in the middle of the country in the middle of the 20th Century.

On the Blog

Launch Day Gratitude

By Carol / 21 March 2018 / 2 Comments

My new novel, Simple Truth, launches today, and gratitude tops the list of emotions I’m feeling as I celebrate bringing my third book to readers. A writer doesn’t travel the often rocky road to publication without the help of a great many people. So, I take this post to say thanks. I’m grateful for: Getting…

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Thank you Oscar Wilde – Simple Truth

By Carol / 14 March 2018 / 10 Comments

“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde. Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde spoke with insight and humor on many topics. The fallacy of believing truth to be pure or simple is among them. Though I didn’t have Wilde’s quote in mind when I chose Simple Truth as…

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