Articles written by: Carol Oldham O'Hara

Carol Oldham O'Hara

Carol O’Hara, owner of Cat*Tale Press, is a writer/photographer, editor, publisher/publishing consultant, speaker, and conference director, who has also taught personal experience writing, privately and for college adult education departments. She has edited and consulted on writing-related subjects for clients throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom and has published four personal experience books – two on writing (one a regional best-seller), a book of animal antics, and a cookbook – besides presenting programs on writing and self-publishing to businesses, colleges, universities, and associations throughout the United States. Carol has also directed or co-directed writing conferences for colleges, universities, and associations, including two aboard cruise liners. Carol, a Tucson, Arizona native who has won awards for her writing and editing, has written numerous articles for newspapers and periodicals including The Arizona Daily Star and the Sacramento (CA) Bee, Arizona Highways, International Travel News, Nevada Magazine, Open World, Steinway and Sons, and Writer’s Digest. Her degrees include: Associate in Arts in liberal arts in journalism; BA English (Creative Writing Option) from San Francisco State University, and graduate study in English, business and education from California State University, Sacramento. Her on-going education includes attendance at writing classes and retreats to keep her writing and editing skills current. She is presently seeking editing clients. She is a twenty-year member and former Board Officer for International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers’ Association, a thirty-year member of California Writers’ Club, and a member of Society of Southwestern Authors in Arizona. Carol has lived in Japan, spent time in all regions of the United States, and visited more than 38 countries in her travels. She and her family make their home in northern California, from where she continues to write travel and general interest articles, and is researching and writing three books– one a chronology of her many years of cruise travel, which includes a brief history of each of the ships she sailed aboard, and two historical memoirs of her family’s military history spanning more than four wars.

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Guide to Bed & Breakfast Inns and Guesthouses — Twenty-Eighth Edition
Book Reviews / Chronological

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Guide to Bed & Breakfast Inns and Guesthouses — Twenty-Eighth Edition

Pamela Lanier’s Twenty-Eighth Edition of The Complete Guide To Bed & Breakfast Inns and Guesthouses International arrived on my porch early one afternoon. Its soft-hued cover showcasing a fluffy feather bed, a small bedside table dressed by fine china, silver coffee server, and shining tray of pastries and berries — enhanced by the image of a warm, glowing candle — invited me instantly inside. Soon I began exploring the delights of more than 4,500 inns and guesthouses throughout the world.

From Branson To The Beach
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Missouri / United States

From Branson To The Beach

If you haven’t been to the Ozark Mountain village of Branson, Missouri, you’re in for a songfest when you do go. And if you haven’t experienced the white-capped waves of the Pacific Ocean from the shores of Newport Beach and Corona del Mar, on California’s southern coast, perhaps it’s time for you to behold them.

Savoring that Wonderful Southern Hospitality: From Charleston to Nashville, via Hilton Head Island and Savannah
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / South Carolina / United States

Savoring that Wonderful Southern Hospitality: From Charleston to Nashville, via Hilton Head Island and Savannah

My photographer husband Jim and I have the goal to visit at least a small part of each of our fabulous fifty United States, and we’re almost “there.” Thus, it took only a moment to say “yes” to a call inviting us to a military reunion in Charleston, South Carolina, to renew friendships from our Air Force days.

Chronological / Destinations / Europe


“Siesta time” on a Sunday afternoon on the magical Costa del Sol in southern Spain. We lingered over cappuccinos at an outdoor coffee house beside the ever-present Mediterranean, a step away from the postcard-perfect port of Puerto Banus.

Chronological / Writers' Tips

Travel Safe: A Guide to Purchasing Travel Insurance

Travel is fun, fascinating, and fulfilling for all of us who enjoy adventure, exploring unusual environs, and gaining new understanding of people. With our globe shrinking because of jetliners speed; the comfort of ultra-modern ground transportation, and the added number of cruise liners — at least twelve coming into service in North America this year, opening new portals to us almost as quickly as we can blink an eye…