About Me

Even though publication date is months away, “Before She Was a Finley” is available for pre-order: https://www.amazon.com/Before-She-Was-Finley-Novel-ebook/dp/B0CSGW57WM/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3A5OPP0U16VIO&keywords=Before+she+was+a+finley+Hoenig&qid=1705940743&s=books&sprefix=before+she+was+a+finley+hoenig%2Cstripbooks%2C69&sr=1-1

Another place to find my writing: https://medium.com/@carolhoenig

Two friends of mine, Peggy Zieran and Judy Vaughan, and I have started a podcast titled Wildflowers: Three Women Discuss Fresh Picked Topics, or Books, Booze and Banter. We don’t claim to be tech-savvy, and it’s obvious, but we are having fun, especially since each podcast we discuss a specific wine we are tasting, a book we are reading, and then a topic we want to discuss. On our three latest podcasts, we discussed mastering fear, mindfulness, and our idea of a perfect day. In our next three podcasts we will be discussing what is on our bucket lists, words, and the importance of getting out of our comfort zone. If this podcast sounds intriguing to you, here’s a link to our channel:


Carol and her business partner, Peggy, are once again in the book business.Check this out: https://www.ontheroadbookevents.com/


Sadly, after four years of trying to keep the bookstore/wine bar opened, we had to wave the white flag. It was nothing more than a very expensive hobby. We tried but were up against so much. However, do us a favor and please patronize your local businesses.

Carol Hoenig has been named OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR THE ARTS by the Long Island Arts Council, 2013. Carol received her awarDSC_0398d at a ceremony at The Adelphi Center for Performing Arts on March 13th, 2013.

Best of Long Island 2012 results are in! Carol Hoenig placed 2nd in the category of author, following Nelson DeMille!  She thanks all those who voted for her.

Carol Hoenig is President of Carol Hoenig, Publishing Consultant, Inc. where she covers a variety of aspects in the publishing industry, including, ghostwriting, editing, publicity and marketing for authors and helping with book proposals. In addition, she is a published author and was named Best of Long Island Author 2012 by the Long Island Press and named Outstanding Advocate for the Arts 2013 by the Long Island Arts Council. Her novel, WITHOUT GRACE, (Star iUniverse) was awarded the Silver Medal for Book of the Year 2005 by ForeWord Magazine and given First Place for Fiction by the DIY Book Festival. Jada Press and the New York Book Festival also gave her novel honorable mention. Her second novel, OF LITTLE FAITH, (SteelCut Press) was published October 22, 2013. Her nonfiction work, THE AUTHOR’S GUIDE TO PLANNING BOOK EVENTS was given the Gold medal by ForeWord Magazine for Book of the Year in the category of writing and named finalist by USA Book and Reader Views.

Carol’s essays, articles, book reviews and short stories appear in a wide number of publications. She blogged for The Huffington Post and contributed to PUTTING YOUR PASSION INTO PRINT, written by Arielle Eckstudt & David Henry Sterry. Arianna Huffington invited Carol to contribute to ON BECOMING FEARLESS.  Tory Johnson, ABC’s Good Morning America’s workplace contributor, published Carol’s essay in Tory’s New York Times Bestseller, WILL WORK FROM HOME. Carol’s short story, Snow Angels and Somersaults, was a finalist for the 2007 Spring/Summer Glass Woman Prize, a bi-annual prize for women prose writers. Her essay, “Wild Horses and Young Stallions” was selected for the anthology LOST LESSONS FROM LIFE ON A FARM.

Carol was co-owner of Turn of the Corkscrew, Books &Wine in Rockville Centre, New York for four years before closing it. She worked for Borders Books for over eleven years and had been the National Events Coordinator, working with publishers and authors to secure events nationwide, based out of Park Avenue Manhattan for a large portion of those years. She taught writing courses at Hofstra prior to opening her bookstore.

She was on The New York Center for Independent Publishing advisory council and writer’s conference committee for five years before it disbanded.  She was also an executive committee member for that National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Books for A Better Life. She was the Director and Writer-in-Residence for Old Forge Library Adirondack Summer Writing Workshop for 2008. She is also content coordinator and editor for Rockville Centre Living, writes for Long Island Woman magazine, and active on social media, teaches writing courses and is often invited as a guest speaker for a variety of organizations.

Words of praise for Without Grace

I so completely enjoyed your novel.  Got completely hooked on it, loved Vicky especially — of course with my food obsessions, of course I would — but got very involved with her journey.  She’s a wonderful heroine and the ultimate encounter with her mother is powerful.Congratulations to you for writing such a moving book.—Delia Ephron, author of Siracusa


Like Scout Finch and Mattie Ross and Ellen Foster before her, Vicky Finley has grit and will and insight, a wry eye for the world around her, and a deeply engaging way of finding there a place of her own. –Michael Malone, author of Handling Sin


Without Grace is the story of a girl’s search for her mother, a subject that cannot help but make the reader, and this reader, wonder what is going to happen next. –Rona Jaffe, author of The Best of Everything


If you begin reading Carol Hoenig’s Without Grace at the start of the work day, you might as well call and tell your boss that you are engaged in a work that transcends the day. A meal, it is as smooth as lobster bisque, a grand main course, and what a dessert! What more can we want in a book? Get it and plan to take the day off. –Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming


Without Grace is so skillful, full of surprises, and full of important ideas. It captures North Country life, but turns the particular into the universal, as a truly good novel must do. It’s a story of and for rural people everywhere. And though it’s set in the 1970’s, it offers insight into what’s happening in so many Adirondack communities today. -Bibi Wein, author of the award-winning memoir The Way Home: A Wilderness Journey

Without Grace is a story of tragic loss and subsequent self-discovery. Vicky Finley’s tale is haunting and unforgettable, as Hoenig’s narrative deftly draws us into the drama of her character’s life. – Susan Shapiro Barash, author of The New Wife

Searching, soulful….Without Grace is a heartfelt exploration of that small town in all of us, our bittersweet Place of Angels. –Arthur Kent, journalist, filmmaker and author of Risk and Redemption

I have to admit, not many novels bring to mind TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD–not so much because people rarely tell good stories about rural America, as much as it is such a rarity to be blown away by the writing of said country life.

But such is the case with WITHOUT GRACE by Carol Hoenig. GRACE tells the story of (and by) little Vicky Finley, at the onset of the death of her grandmother (and the only female leadership in her life.) Over time, it opens up wounds (and questions) about her own mother who mysteriously abandoned the family, and forces her to learn from (and deal with) her household of men.

The book opens: “The first time I began to understand that the words gone and dead have different meanings I was about six years old.”

Ms. Hoenig so eloquently tells the tale (and so carefully grasps the mind of a child) of a girl becoming a lady, learning about ambition, being the only female in a home of strong men, and dealing with inevitable loss. The story reads like poetry and demands to be read in one sitting.

This book is dynamite–literature as it was meant to be: at its finest. Don’t trust me? Well, you should, of course. But in case you need your arm twisted, this novel comes with blurbs from Malachy McCourt, Michael Malone and Rona Jaffe–not mention that iUniverse dropped this baby into its Star program prior to publication. Keep your eye on this one–that is, when they’re not glued to the pages inside.– PODDY Mouth


Words of Praise for Of Little Faith


Two sisters and a brother are bound to a dark past by their shared interest in the family home. Painful memories render them unable to come to an agreement that would open the door to the possibility of healing. Hoenig skillfully shifts between four narrators to tell this gripping story, avoiding excess sentimentality. A real page-turner I found hard to put down. – Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August

Serious and heartfelt, and highly readable. – Meredith Sue Willis, author of A Space Apart