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About Carol Covin

Carol Covin – The Hat Lady


I became a grandmother at 58. I soon realized there were expectations for the role across generations that I had not suspected.

Eventually, I interviewed 40 mothers and grandmothers and asked them what advice they would like to give to each other and wrote a book about the experience, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers.”

As one grandmother pointed out, we all become gurus when we become grandmothers.

I have taken that as my nickname, Granny-Guru.

This site has four aims:

  • Highlight inspirational cancer survivor stories
  • Inspire grandparents, especially those facing cancer in their lives or families, to write their autobiographies
  • Offer observations on how parenting has changed since Boomers raised their children
  • Describe fun activities to enjoy with your grandchildren.


In 2008, we started a company, Sky Blue Pharmaceuticals, LLC, to bring a promising cancer treatment to clinical trials. All proceeds from my books go toward supporting Sky Blue Pharma.


A friend, Rod MacQueen, with inoperable stomach cancer, prolonged his life for five years by analyzing cancer survivor stories. At the end, he found an obscure approach to cancer treatment that had never been through clinical trials. We started Sky Blue Pharma to take it through trials. The ribbon is in Rod’s honor.

We invite you to check out the media about Sky Blue Pharma and Granny-Guru through the links below.


The Hot Mommas Project: Case Study. “No One Else Is Going to Do It.” STEM Award 2010

The Hot Momma’s Award Presentation, GWU School of Business

Not the Career I Ordered, by Caroline Dowd-Higgins, Book Profile

Commutes, Cats and Cakes, Sep 3, 2010 Huffington Post, Angela Haines blog


Mogul Mom

Women’s Memoirs (Honorable Mention, Writing Contest, Labor Day, 2011)

Memoir Contest Winner, Carol L. Covin, Remembers Labor

Chic Mom Magazine (Chic Grandma column)

Grandma Got STEM

Write4Jan (book review)


“Conversations,” Michael Cottman speaks with Carol Covin about Cancer, WAMU 88.5 NPR’s Morning Edition


Susan Adcox, (Granny-Guru book review)

Lisa Carpenter (Grilled Grandmas interview)

Jen Nervosa, Mama Nervosa, (Who Gets to Name Grandma? book review)

Wendy McCance, Searching for the Happiness (Who Gets to Name Grandma? guest post)

Cheryl Therrien, (Guest blogger)

Sharon Fleming, (Guest blogger)

Blog for a Cure (profile)

Jeri Walker-Bickett Author & Editor (Author interview)

Mona Jhaveri Sound Affects Life (Guest blogger)


Digital Harbor High School, Baltimore, Maryland


Writers’ Forum

Manassas Neighborhood Conference

Bristow Beat (Write By the Rails book signing, January 27, 2012)

Social Media





YouTube – Reading from upcoming book, “Cancer Should Come with a Secretary.” Excerpt: “Skinny Toes,” at Grounds Central  Station, Open Mike Night, Manassas, Virginia (Thanks, Victor Rook, videographer)