Carol J. Bova found a new lifestyle as a writer on a rural Chesapeake Bay peninsula after moving to Mathews from California in 2004. She is a novelist and the President of the Chesapeake Bay Writers chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. Carol writes for Chesapeake Style magazine, and from 1996 to 2006, published the Eclectic Lapidary, an online magazine for rockhounds.

An activist with The Ditches of Mathews County Project since 2011, she served on the Piankatank/Milford Haven/Gwynn’s Island Water Quality Improvement Plan Steering Committee. In 2014, she published Drowning a County, a nonfiction book about VDOT myths affecting drainage issues in Mathews County

When she’s not researching or writing, Carol enjoys photography, genealogy and creating silver and stone jewelry. She shares her home with William the Cat, who found her at the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society.