My passion is writing, and I love working with writers. I’m a Certified Genealogist® with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing. My nearly thirty years of editing experience includes acquisition, development, and content editing of more than forty books for F+W Media’s Betterway/Family Tree Books; editor of Colorado Springs Style, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and NGS Newsmagazine; and editor and/or mentor for numerous private clients. I’m the Executive Editor of Scattered Leaves Press and Warren & Carmack Publishing, and I serve on the editorial board of Steinbeck Review, I’m an assistant editor for Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction and a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine.
I’m also a published author of twenty-two books and hundreds of articles, essays, columns, and reviews that have appeared in nearly every major genealogical journal and publication. Some of my books include Tell It Short: A Guide to Writing Your Family History in Brief, You Can Write Your Family History, Carmack’s Guide to Copyright & Contracts: A Primer for Genealogists, Writers & Researchers, and Your Guide to Cemetery Research.
My work has also appeared in writing and literary publications: Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Hippocampus Magazine (where my essay, “Switched at Midlife” won “Most Memorable” and was selected for the Best of Hippocampus, May 2013), Portland Review, Steinbeck Review, Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Chronicle, and Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art (where my essay received Honorable Mention in the 2012 Creative Nonfiction Contest). My essays have been finalists in contests for the Bellingham Review’s Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and in Creative Nonfiction’s True Crime contest, and for publication in River Teeth and Calyx. You can see a list of all my publications on my CV (see below).
In addition to editing and writing, I have taught various levels of English Composition and specialized writing for Ashford University, and graduate courses in Creative Nonfiction Writing for Southern New Hampshire University’s MA in English and Creative Writing program.
I’m on the adjunct faculty of Salt Lake Community College’s online Certificate in Genealogical Research and Writing program, where I have developed and currently teach four writing courses. I also teach courses in Irish genealogical research for Family Tree University.
Along with an MFA (with Distinction) in Creative Nonfiction Writing from National University, I have a BA (summa cum laude) in English from Regis University, and a Diploma in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
For my Curriculum Vitae, click here.