Short Bio

Carrie Finison writes poetry, stories, and picture books for children. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Highlights, High Five, Ladybug, and Babybug magazines. Her debut picture book, Dozens of Doughnuts, will be published by Putnam in 2020. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, son, and daughter (who all love doughnuts), and two cats who allow her to work in their attic office. She is represented by Linda Epstein at Emerald City Literary.

Awards

• 2014 Barbara Karlin picture book Work-in-Progress grant from SCBWI.

• 2015 Peg Davol picture book scholarship from New England SCBWI.

More About Me...

I’ve always loved to read and knew I wanted to find a way to work with words. For about 15 years, I worked in educational publishing first as an editor and content writer and then as a producer of educational software products at Tom Snyder Productions/ Scholastic. These exciting, creative jobs involved a lot of writing for both students and teachers, but they left me with little creative energy for my own writing.

 

Like many parents, my real writing journey began when my son was born and I started reading to him. I think I looked forward to our library trips or a new magazine arriving in the mail almost more than he did. As I was reading, I’d think to myself, “I could write this.” And so I tried and found out that…I couldn’t! At least, not without a lot of practice. But I committed myself to practicing as much as I could, took some classes, read some books, and got brave enough to submit some of my work. I also found many wonderful communities of writers including SCBWI, the Writer's Loft, The Poets' Garage, 12x12, KidLit411, and more. Writing can be solitary, so it's great to be a part of these supportive groups.

 

For now, I mostly write picture books, poetry, and short stories, with a middle grade plot or two burbling around in my brain.