Carole was born in Santiago Chile but left as part of the Chilean diaspora aged one in 1975 to live in the U.K. indefinitely. She grew up amongst the refugee Chilean communities in Cambridge, London and Birmingham until 1990 when she was taken back to Chile by her father following the plebiscite. She lived in Santiago and Chillán, attended university and taught English but, despite making many friends, returned to England in 1997. She describes herself as an English/Chilean hybrid often referring to herself and others like her as 'Anglo Chileans.' It's the quest for understanding this Chilean-Englishness and the ensuing confusion of her generation that compels her to research and write.