Except for brief intervals on maternity leave and on strike, Carol Towarnicky, 55, has spent the last 29 years working for the Philadelphia Daily News-the last 11 as its chief editorial writer. She began writing fiction in 1995. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Towarnicky has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Ohio University in Athens. Towarnicky was a co-finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing and won the 1993 Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writers as well as several national and local journalism awards. She also has been honored for her community volunteer work, and marched for nine years in the comic division of the Mummers Parade. She has been married for 32 years to Ron Goldwyn, also a writer at the Philadelphia Daily News. They have two grown children, Mara and Nick Goldwyn.