My passion is writing, and I love working with writers. I’m a Certified Genealogist® with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing. My thirty-plus 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. I serve on the editorial board of Steinbeck Review, and I’m a proofreader for Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction.
I’m also a published author of twenty-four 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, Your Guide to Cemetery Research, and the essay collection, Inheriting the Gordon Hips.
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 currently serve 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 online courses.
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.
I also hold a Diploma from the Spiritualists’ National Union (DSNU) in the UK. I received SNU’s John McIndoe Prize in 2018 for the highest score earned in the Diploma advanced courses and The Olive Haywood Award for Achievement in recognition of achievement over and above what is usually expected of candidates undertaking the Spiritualists’ National Union accreditation or awards. My award-winning thesis was “Spirit Rapping, Spiritoscope, and Psychometry: The Mediumship of Maria B. Hayden, M.D.,” which I have expanded into a biography: In Search of Maria B. Hayden: The American Medium Who Brought Spiritualism to the U.K., available on Amazon and Amazon UK.