Carol Ferring Shepley

After working as a professional writer for 58 years, I still pinch myself when someone calls me author.  As a very young child, I liked nothing better than to sit on the lap of a parent or grandparent while they read to me.  I stared at the words, those magic symbols that impart meaning, but they looked like ants walking across the page to me.  When I started school, I couldn’t wait to learn to decipher letters and words.  Reading continues to be my passion. To think that I am adding to the world’s literature gives me great joy.  With every new book, I have learned a great deal.  I present what I have learned in as interesting and entertaining a fashion as possible.  Writing is hard work, but I feel blessed to pursue it and doubly blessed that people read what I write.

9 thoughts on “Home

  1. Carol, I just wanted you to know that I just finished your book “Tales from Bellefountain Cemetery” and found it very enjoyable and informing. Born and raised in South St. Louis, I recognized many names, streets, etc, Thanks again, Jim Fiala

  2. Carol Ferring Shepley I am wondering if I can contact you to see if you unearthed any stories about my family members who were buried there: The Sheltons (John G. Shelton), the Burds and the Rives. Thank you. I look forward to reading your book!

    • Hi Beth, I do not recall researching your ancestors. That does not mean that there is not information in the Bellefontaine archives. I suggest you make a visit and ask people in the office if they have any information. They are very friendly and love helping out descendents. Good luck. Carol

  3. Enjoying your beautiful, informative book on St. Louis. Your account of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne on page 20 needs a correction. She founded three schools in Louisiana none of which was in New Orleans. The first (1821) was in Grand Coteau, near Lafayette. The second was in Convent (1826-1926) about 30 miles up the Mississippi River from New Orleans. The third, founded during Duchesne’s lifetime, was in Natchitoches, Louisiana (1847-186?). The Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans was founded in 1867 about 15 years after her death in 1852.

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