A family tragedy 10 years ago has proven to be the inspiration behind the writing and publication of a fictional novel by a 30-year-old Milford native, Katie L. Carroll.
Carroll will be appearing at the Milford Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, where she will be talking about her journey to becoming a published writer, doing a short reading from her new novel, “Elixir Bound,” and signing bookmarks. Elixir inspired refreshments will be served.


Carroll began writing after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene Carroll, unexpectedly passed away after a short illness in 2002. Kylene Carroll was a junior at Foran High School when in April, 2002 she began exhibiting pneumonia-like symptoms. She died 10 days later at Yale-New Haven Hospital, with the exact cause of her death never determined even after an extensive autopsy.
Katie Carroll’s fantasy novel, published by MuseItUp Publications, is entitled, “Elixir Bound,” and is the story of Katora Kase, who is next in line to take over as the sole guardian of a secret and powerful healing Elixir. The journey begins as Katora travels into the forest wilds to find the special ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency.
Katie Carroll noted that “writing this novel was a way for me to help Kylene live on in the pages of the story. It was actually at the suggestion of my father that I began to write a story to give Kylene her own fantasy adventure after she died. “
Carroll said, “I drew inspiration from the people and places around me. For instance, the place where Katora, the main character, has to travel to retrieve the secret ingredient for the Elixir is based on the Sleeping Giant State Park mountain in Hamden.”
And the story’s heroine, Katora, has a sister named Kylene.
In the novel, even though Katora has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as her close companions, she nevertheless feels alone. It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian.
Meanwhile, the forest hosts many dangers, including the presence of wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, she said.
“This project also made me realize that I wanted to pursue writing as a career,” Katie said.
In addition to penning novels for teens and children, Carroll has edited puzzle magazines for the local company, Penny Publications, plays soccer, and collects signed copies of books.
“I was a puzzle magazine editor locally for eight years and I am now transitioning into book editing,” she said. “I also enjoy mentoring young writers and would love to start doing school visits.”
Carroll is married to Milford native Adam Garbati and has a one-year-old son, who is an adventure of another kind, and was born during last year’s tropical storm Irene. She graduated from Foran High in 2000 and Sacred Heart University in 2004 with a B.S. degree in English.
“Elixir Bound” is available in ebook format through the MuseItUp bookstore, Amazon, and other ebook sellers. Its ISBN # is 978-1-77127-140-0.
For more information, contact Carroll at 203-848-8740.