A White Rock lawyer born in Grimsby, Ontario in 1945, Carolyn Swayze became a literary agent in 1994 "when W.P. Kinsella persuaded me to leave my law practice and to sign him as my first client." Her preferred fields are literary and commercial fiction, creative non-fiction, Canadian history, memoirs, humour and cookbooks, as well as a few books for younger readers. (She does not handle romance, science fiction, poetry, screenplays or picture books.)

Swayze moved to the B.C. interior in 1953. She left school at age 15 and later graduated with a law degree from UVic in 1984. Her biographical study Hard Choices: A Life of Tom Berger (Douglas & McIntyre, 1987) focuses on Berger's activities related to the law, the north and the environment. Her previous book was a novel entitled The Secret of Bourke's Mansion. It was written as Carolyn Moyer in 1977. She runs the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency out of White Rock.

[BCBW 2003] "Law"