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.”