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 a judge in their annual student essay contest. Because I just can’t get enough essays, I also judge the Phi Beta Kappa student essay contest for the Wake County (NC) chapter. I also volunteer on arts grant review panels: United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County (past), Office of Raleigh Arts, and North Carolina Arts Council.
On the personal side… my husband and I are slowly turning into urban farmers. He is a plant scientist with an obsessive interest in tomato breeding. In the summer we have many many many tomato plants, not to mention eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, and beans. Our winter garden is smaller—mostly peas and lettuces. And we have five backyard chickens. Margaret is a Black Australorp we’ve had for 5+ years. Charlotte and Eleanor are Speckled Sussex we got Summer 2015. Ermengarde, a Barnevelder, and Isabella, an Ameraucana, are the newest additions from Spring 2017. The ladies are endlessly amusing and show up quite regularly in my writing, including my latest project, Chicken Haiku. (RIP, Victoria and Anne.)
Final note: My name is pronounced CAR-in as in, “Put the car in the garage.”