I live and write in Raleigh, North Carolina, where I own Clear Sight Books. I work with experienced business leaders who know they need to write a book but struggle with time, words, or the publishing process. Depending on what they need, I coach, edit, or ghostwrite—and I wrap it all in strategy.

I love working with ideas and words. My clients tell me I help them shape their thoughts and gain clarity. I tell my clients they already have the ideas they need; they just need help sorting through the clutter to find what’s relevant. In the same way I like honing and shaping ideas, I like editing. I see what the words are trying to say, then rearrange them so they actually say it.

For fun, I’m a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) and regional coordinator of the North Carolina region. I also volunteer on arts grant review panels: Office of Raleigh Arts, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County (past), and North Carolina Arts Council (past). And I love judging writing contests. I’ve judged the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, the JASNA student essay contest, and the Phi Beta Kappa of Wake County (NC) student essay contest.

On the personal side… my husband and I have a tiny urban “farm.” He is a plant scientist with an obsessive interest in tomato breeding so our driveway is regularly covered with pots of breeding projects. We have several garden beds in the backyard, with even more tomatoes as well as eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, beans, and sometimes even corn. And the garage is filled with more plants—mostly tomatoes (yes, more) and lettuces in hydroponics.

And we have backyard chickens. Eleanor is a Speckled Sussex we got Summer 2015. Isabella is supposed to be an Ameraucana, but we think she’s probably an Easter Egger. Ermengarde is a Barnevelder, a sleek little thing who is very noisy. Isabella and Ermengarde joined the coop in Spring 2017. (RIP, Victoria, Anne, Charlotte, and Margaret.) The ladies are endlessly amusing and show up quite regularly in my writing, including my latest project, Chicken Haiku.

Final note: My name is pronounced CAR-in as in, “Put the car in the garage.”

26 thoughts on “About

  1. karin, i figured you must be a widely-published poet! perhaps you are but did not include that in your “about?” regardless, i think your poems are mature and moving and i am very much enjoying reading your work.


  2. Okay, I’ve got the car in, so to speak. What about the rest of it? Are you “Why berg” or “Vee berg” or “Wib erg” or “Vib erg”? If you (or your husband) are of Nordic descent, which seems probable, it could be “Why bear-” or “Vee bear-” or “Wib air-” or “Vib air-“.

    Now, just look at what you’ve started! Blogistan needs to know. Simply getting the car in was a breeze by comparison.


    • Hah! Great question. In the US (I’m American), it’s WHY-berg. (The only nickname my friends ever gave me was “Why Guy.”) When I’m in Sweden (family background), it’s a little more like VEE-berry. And pretty soon you’re going to ask about my middle name, so I’m leaving now! 🙂


  3. Hi Karin! As someone always looking to shape my thoughts and gain clarity, both in my writing and general life, I appreciate your efforts, as well as your visits, reading, and comments on my site. Good luck with those chickens!


  4. Hi Car-in, I’m Harry Calhoun! 🙂 We’re going to be reading together at Kendra’s event at The Art of Style next Friday and wanted to ask if I could get a bio from you … something a little more poetry-oriented if you have it, if not we can work something out from what’s above. BTW, I LOVE the haiku #19 about the Hawaiian mountain, brilliant not only in its phrasings but because it follows the strict 5-7-5 syllable form. BRAVO! I certainly look forward to meeting you and introducing you at the reading.


  5. Hey Karin,
    I was in the choir that toured through Europe in 1960 with Ted and Marilyn & your mom. Mary just now sent poems you wrote and sent to Ted just a few days before he died. I thought I’d just read them on the screen and that would be it. But I could not finish, the tears blurred the words too much. What a wonderful gift you gave to Ted — and to me as well. I graduated seminary with your dad in 1965 — there were images of particular poignancy in those words as well. Many thanks.
    Tom Hunter


    • Thank you for the sweet note. I know that the European tour was an absolute highlight of their college years. I appreciate your kind words about my poetry. Hope to see you in person sometime, Tom.


  6. Hello Karin,

    I hope it is not too late to say Happy New Year to you. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. I hope your ambition to complete a novel is accomplished this year and marks another significant achievement in your lifetime.

    I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint you and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. 🙂

    My subscription went messed up, so now I am resubscribing, looking forward to reading more of your posts! Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. 🙂

    Subhan Zein


  7. Thank you for sharing your poetry – and the humor about pronouncing your last name, which we share (my father emigrated from Malmo / Stockholm).
    Well done on your blog! Best regards, Eric Wiberg (also an author)


    • Hi, Eric. It looks like you have some pretty fascinating writing yourself–quite the world traveler and adventurer. As it happens, my family does not seem to be related to too many Wibergs in the States. Legend has it that the family name got changed during immigration to the US and may have been based on the town of Viborg in Dalarna. I might have to try digging into that history sometime.

      Great to have you stop by, Eric! Thank you!
      Warmest regards,


    • Hi, Al! I would love to join the community again; we’ll see how it fits my fall schedule. So glad I found ModPo–I have been spreading the word in my current Coursera class (Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World). Many thanks for the most excellent experience.

      Warm regards,



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