Actress, Entrepreneur Carole Wells Pens First Children’s Book
Carole Wells and her new children’s book, Amberella.
Long-time resident/actress/entrepreneur Carole Wells (Doheny) can add another title to her resumé—children’s book author.
She is now attending book signings for Amberella, her stories about the adventures of a fairy-tale princess from “The Land of Ancient Secrets from the Sand.”
It was released, last year, but illness prevented Wells from “promoting the book like I want to,” she says.
Wells had two main driving reasons for writing the book. One of her causes is working with abused children. “So many young children don’t know how to cope with their lives; and are given such adversity so young in life.”
The other is what she sees as a lack of role models for women—“People of wisdom imparting secrets of the universe to them.”
So she created a young heroine to give young women “tools to help them through life,” Wells relates. “So many young women are experiencing problems beyond their years.” For instance, she cites the large number of children around the world used as sex slaves.
The tales follow the young princess searching for her mother, the queen, who was banished from her country by the wicked king.
Amberella starts off at 8, going on adventures where other queens—illustrated by designer Apostolou Epameinondas with faces by Martha Moody—put her through lessons to be a strong woman, and by the end of the book, at 18, “Amberella has a lot of wisdom,” says Wells.
The book illustrates Wells’ decades-long metaphysical and religious studies. She quotes the Dalai Lama: “if you visualize what you want 1,000 times and really see it, you can have it. People can imagine and think about what they really want to be in life—a situation better than they’re in—and make it happen.”
The book’s genesis lies in stories Wells told her daughter, Katharine, who didn’t want her to leave at night for parties or other events.
“I told her that if she went to sleep, we’d meet at midnight at the ruby, sapphire or emerald palace and have a dinner dance with other kings and queens.”
In the morning she’d quiz her daughter on what they did—her daughter’s imagination had them skating on a ruby rink, in dresses matching their jewels and even more details.
She started telling the stories to her grandchildren who asked, “where’s Amberella this time?” And the book was born.
Amberella was officially launched with a Mother’s Day party at Kazanjian Beverly Hills which was appropriate, because Wells has long been fascinated by stones and their properties; and each queen in the book rewards Amberella with a jewel.
“It was a warm loving fun time with my daughter, who attended Hawthorne and BHHS, and grandchildren,” said Wells.
Wells has known the Kazanjian brothers, Michael and Stan, since they were all at USC together.
The book is available on five different booksites, including Amazon and at carolewells.com.
Wells tried to write in simple terms, she says, and the writing came easily.
The comments have been “wonderful and amazing,” Wells reports. People have told her it reminds them of The Little Prince. And not just children, but adults are gaining from it too—fans from her TV shows National Velvet and Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats, have told her it’s helping them too.
Wells has already been in 10 books, she wrote the forward to Drive-In Dream Girls: A Galaxy Of B-Movie Starlets Of The Sixties, in which she’s featured.
Other projects in the works include The Girls From Hollywood High and Doheny Road.
The account started out to be a story about that famous family she joined when she married Edward Laurence Doheny IV. She wanted her children to know about him, since he died when they were so young, not even 1-1/2 and 2 .
What started out as a non-fiction exercise—“to get the facts straight”—has become a novel “so I could use different names and change situations,” Wells relates.
She’s expecting a torrid, ”pretty provocative’ story. “I know the secrets that everyone wonders about that Larry’s father told me about the shooting of his father,” she says. “And I had to wait until a lot of people died before I could write it. Just out of respect, and not to make people more upset.”
She also wrote Love Letters To My Daughter, chronicling her daughter’s harrowing experiences with a life-threatening back disease. Waiting in a hospital for eight hours, Wells sat in the chapel thinking about things she hadn’t told her and things she wanted her to know.
Recently at a meeting with a United Nations’ women’s organization, accounts of child slavery and abduction, and children as young as 3 and 4 in pornography, “caught my heart’s attention.”
Always passionate about causes that work with handicapped and emotionally disturbed children, she was president of Las Floristas and won its “Humanitarian” award twice.
She’s now in the process of starting her own foundation to put into action her beliefs that “we have to do what we can to make children happier and safer” and “that everyone should have dreams and be able to follow them.” —Steve Simmons