About Author CB Hartwell


Christine Hartwell has been writing for many years, and her second book is almost ready for publication. Christine was born in Washington D.C. and was raised in Ft. Lauderdale Florida where she spent her summers sitting by a lake with her ordinary duck, Louie. This ordinary duck was her first inspiration for writing. She watched as he went through the stages of his life and growing up from a small duckling into a large beautiful drake and all the while she was filling her journal with stories of childhood play, animals and several different types of love.

She never stopped writing when the family moved to California. She began writing short stories about the ordinary duck she left behind, articles for newsletters and magazine publications. Her degree in Child Development also contributed to her inspiration for publishing her first children’s book, “Dooley Rue Who Are You” in 2012. This delightful little rhyming story is of a young girl and her little dog who spend their day following alphabet letters to find out who the “Dooley Rue” really is.

Christine now resides in San Diego with her husband of 43 years. Together they share four grandchildren and ten great-granddchildren. With 5 certifications in scuba diving, her first love is being underwater.  She also enjoys reading, writing, baking and gardening and continues to journal.

Christine’s second book, “The Purple Lily” was co-authored with LC Ahl, a friend she met at her book signing. It has taken six years for them to bring this book to publishing but the journey was worth every hour spent on it. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it. You can visit “The Purple Lily” web site at

"Reading is an act of civilization; it is one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities." Ben Okri.