About Me — Karen DeGroot Carter
Author. Editor. Poet. Mom. Also a total grammar geek and word nerd.
Hello! I’m very grateful to Quy Ma at About Me Stories for inviting me to submit my bio to his terrific publication. As my subhead states above, I’m an author, editor, poet, and mom, and I’m also a total grammar geek and word nerd. I grew up in upstate New York in Syracuse; attended Syracuse University; and have lived in Hartford (CT), Nashville, Dallas, and Denver. My three kids have grown up primarily in Denver, so that’s where my immediate family calls home. My siblings (pictured above sans one brother; I’m the second sister from the right), live all over the U.S., with my parents still in the house they bought shortly after I turned one.
What I do
While I studied journalism in college, I’ve worked in marketing departments of multiple companies and have always found the corporate world a fun place to work as a writer and editor, especially when I’m in a department that includes graphic designers and other creative types.
In between corporate gigs when I was a stay-at-home mom, I did freelance projects that included wordsmithing everything from emails to press releases to book manuscripts. I also blogged in pre-Facebook and Medium days on my blog Beyond Understanding in order to research and highlight resources that celebrate diversity. My immediate family is multiracial, and I had a lot to learn about issues my biracial husband had faced for years and my children were just beginning to face. Much more recently I wrote about one of my daughter’s early experiences with racial identity in this personal essay on the Medium publication Our Human Family:
My Daughter’s — and My — Mary Poppins Moment
Questions of racial identity and parental inadequacies
On the fiction front, I’ve had short stories win a few honorable mentions and an award in a Writer’s Digest competition, and my poems have appeared in small lit mags. I appreciate that some Medium publications publish fiction and poetry and so far have opted to post one sample of each:
But most of my Medium posts are related to writing. For example:
When — and When Not — to Insert Punctuation at the End of a Bullet Point
Even commonly ignored details can make a difference when you’re writing to impress — and succeed
Told you I’m a total grammar geek and word nerd.
I also write books, two of which are currently available. My first novel, One Sister’s Song, has been in print for nearly 20 years, and my first ebook, Not Nearly Everything You Need to Know About Writing: Tips, Tricks, and Insights for Writers of All Ages (Vol. 1) is on Amazon for Kindle and on Smashwords for other types of readers. My ebook is a collection of all the writing-related posts I wrote over my first nine months on Medium, and I hope to follow it up with multiple volumes. I love words, language, books, and authors and don’t think I’ll ever run out of writing-related topics to cover.
Feel free to connect! I look forward to reading your work.