Scheduled Events


February 6 – Thursday – 11:30 a.m. – Indianola Parks & Recreation, Indianola, IA – Lunch & Learn – “Next Stop Iowa – The Orphan Trains” – Open to the public

February 11“Growing Up Country – Book Club Discussion” – Private

March 5 – Madison County Women, Land & Legacy – “Growing Up Country – Book Club Discussion” – Private

COVID-19 – Put a stop to all in-person book events, however Carol remains available for virtual book talks.


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

February 20 – Wednesday – 6:00 p.m. – Beaverdale Bookstore Book Club – “Growing Up Country – Book Talk.”

March 26 – Tuesday – 1:00 p.m. – Spillville Public Library, Spillville, IA – “Growing Up Country – Book Club Discussion”

April 9 – Tuesday – 5-7 p.m. – Osceola Public Library, Osceola, IA – “Simple Truth – Book Talk.”

April 15 – Monday – 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Eldora Public Library, Eldora, IA – Book Talk

April 15 – Monday – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Union Public Library, Union, IA – Book Talk

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

July 27 – Saturday – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – “Growing Up Country – Sharing the Stories” – Threshing Day, Hardin County Farm Museum, Eldora, Iowa – Open to the public – Come for breakfast or lunch. Presentation at 10:30 a.m.

November 1 – Friday – 11:00 – 12:30 p.m. – Waukee Community Center, Waukee, IA – “Next Stop Iowa – The Orphan Trains”Waukee Public Library – Open to the public

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 have 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.