Carol Mackela is the author of Noon Skate, a novel about ice dancing. She is a gold dance medalist who enjoyed twenty years of ice dancing and is a competitive masters springboard diver. Her paternal grandparents, Finnish immigrants, settled in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where her father was born. Carol grew up in Flint, Michigan and is a retired federal government attorney. She lives in Northern Virginia near her daughter and son-in-law and their lively Siberian husky. Carol’s first novel On Your Feet! - a romance about ballroom dancing - received an Indie Excellence Award in 2009.