After 10 years working at the head of a public relations firm and rising to the top of her profession, Carol Bodensteiner made the decision to leave it behind in order to pursue another dream -- creative writing.

That dream has come to fruition with the release of Bodensteiner's debut novel, "Go Away Home." The book is set during World War I.

"One hundred years ago, women were not so free to make their own decisions or follow their dreams as I have been able to," said Bodensteiner, who lives on an acreage outside Des Moines. "The main character of my novel is a young woman who bucks society and family to have her chance."
 
On Friday, Bodensteiner will be at Beaverdale Books, 2629 Beaver Ave. in Des Moines, to celebrate the publication of her novel and talk about her writing journey. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. 

In 2008, Bodensteiner published her memoir, "Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl."

Bodensteiner, originally from Maquoketa, graduated from University of Northern Iowa. She spent a majority of her career working in public relations. For 10 years, she was the president of CMF&Z Public Relations, one of the Midwest's largest business-to-business public relations firms.
 
Carol Bodensteiner has worked as an independent consultant and freelance writer for the past 15 years. During that time she was also special assistant to the president for marketing at the University of Northern Iowa and a visiting assistant professor at Drake University, where she earned a master's degree in mass communication. Her contact information can be found on her website.
 
CONNECTION POINTS: Bodensteiner is professionally accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. She has been active in the Public Relations Society of America's Counselors Academy. She was named a fellow in the Public Relations Society of America in 1999. She also has been a contributing author for various publications in her career, including Public Relations Review and Public Relations Quarterly. In addition to writing for professional journals, Bodensteiner has written essays and articles published in The Iowan magazine and The Des Moines Register and aired on WOI radio.