Scheduled Events


February 16 – Saturday – 9:30 a.m. – Beaman Community Memorial Library – Book talk and signing

May 9 – Thursday – 9-11 a.m. – “Growing Up Country – Memoir Writing”Senior College of Greater Des Moines – Register through the Senior College website



April 4 – Wednesday – 5-7 p.m. – Beaverdale Books, Beaverdale, Iowa – Simple Truth book launch

April 7 – Saturday – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Preston Public Library, Preston, Iowa – Simple Truth book talk and signing

June 5 – Tuesday – 12 – 1 p.m. – Jackson County, Iowa, Historical Society – Book talk and signing

July 16 – Monday – 6:30 p.m. – Artisan Gallery, West Des Moines, Iowa – Book talk and signing

July 19 – Thursday – 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Runnels Public Library, Runnels, Iowa – Book talk and signing

September 15 – Saturday – 3 – 5 p.m. – Barnes & Noble, West Des Moines, Iowa – I join other authors to participate in the Great American Read with IPTV. Author panel from 3-4 p.m. Book signing from 4-5 p.m.

September 22 – Saturday – 10 a.m. – noon – Washington Public Library – Washington Writer’s Workshop. All are welcome. No registration fee.

November 1 – Thursday – 10 a.m. – noon – “Next Stop Iowa – The Orphan Trains” – Senior College of Greater Des Moines

Looking for a speaker for your event?

More a conversation than a speech – I enjoy engaging audiences in discussions of the life stories that matter to them. My launching pad is the years I spent growing up on a family farm in the middle of the United States in the middle of the 20th Century. Whether someone grew up on a farm, in a rural community, or in another environment entirely, I find we enjoy sharing our stories and discovering all we have in common.

In addition to talking about my books, both memoir and fiction, I share tips on writing stories, the research involved whether the story is fact or fiction, publishing, and marketing.

My approach is to engage people in discussion throughout the time we spend together. Wherever their questions lead, that’s where we go.

Readers – Sharing ‘growing up country’ stories with others has opened my eyes to how many common experiences we all had. We laugh. We cry. We encourage. I know I enjoy these visits as much as anyone who attends.

Event Planners – If you think I might be right for your group, contact me.

Invite Carol to your next event or book club meeting.