Carrie Mumford PicI’m a writer of stories (some true, some not so true) and a lover of websites.

By day I manage a content team at a really cool tech company that will remain nameless here. My evenings and weekends are spent writing fiction and helping creative people with their websites and online marketing.

If you’re looking for advice and tips on how to make your website better, these posts might be for you:

WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org: Which One is Right For You?

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your New WordPress.com Blog

10 Lessons Learned in 10 Months Blogging


And, here are a few of my most popular posts:

How Much Does Editing Cost?

Top 5 Questions About Editing, Answered by a Former Editor


Random Facts About Me:

  • I’ve been practicing yoga for 10 years.
  • I’ve lived on each coast of Canada, and many places in between.
  • I have a masters in Library & Information Studies but have never worked a day in a library (but I do love a good database/organizational system/process).
  • Some of my favourite things to do are reading, camping, running, practicing yoga, and eating desserts of all kinds.
  • I’m known among family & friends for bad dance moves, early bedtimes, and my love of (and uncanny ability to find) animals of all kinds.

Official Sounding Writing Bio

Carrie Mumford is a fiction writer living in Calgary, Alberta. Her short fiction has appeared in Full of Crow Fictionthe Bella Online Literary Review, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, the WCDR’s Whispered Words anthology and other fine journals. Her vignette, “The Blemish Collector”, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2012. In 2013, her short story “Ashes to Ashes” was short-listed for the Room Magazine contest. She is currently writing a novel about a young woman’s quest to uncover the truth about her mother’s tragic death while navigating her way into adulthood.


If you want to get in touch, send me an email, follow me on Twitter (@CarrieMumford), or connect with me on LinkedIn.

41 thoughts on “About

  1. sportsjim81

    Nice to run across your blog. I too have a passion for writing that I recently decided to pursue by creating a blog of my own. I plan to begin work on a novel as well in the coming months and enjoy reading blogs about writing. I enjoyed your page and congrats on the Freshly Pressed piece.

  2. lifeatfiftysomething

    I like your post, I am trying to get into blogging myself. I started last week and feel so nervous about posting anything. Everyone is so good at it and I am not that good at all. I will keep reading your blogs and hopefully I will get some inspiration from your writing.

    1. carrie m Post author

      Welcome to blogging!

      I am a newbie blogger myself, but so far I have found the blogging community very welcoming. I took a peek at your blog, and I can assure you, you are good at it! You shouldn’t be too hard on yourself, especially when you’re just starting out.

      One of the first things I learned about blogging (and writing) is that the more you do it, the better you get. I’ve got a long way to go before I’ll consider myself ‘good’, but as long as I’m having fun along the way, I’m happy to keep working towards that.

      I subscribed to your blog so I can keep up with your upcoming posts (which I am certain will be fabulous). Good luck!

  3. Nicole

    Sounds familiar. I am a Canadian from the West who is also a notice writer. I am curious to know if you are taking your Publishing Certificate at Simon Fraser University? I have been considering the MA in publishing there for a while.

    1. carrie m Post author

      Hi Nicole! Nice to meet another writer from the West!

      I’m finishing up my publishing certificate online now, at Ryerson University in Toronto. It’s a great program – you can check it out here: http://ce-online.ryerson.ca/ce_2010-2011/default.aspx?id=2000. The Ryerson program is just a Certificate, rather than an MA. I did consider the Simon Fraser program when I was initially looking for a program, but in the end decided that for my purposes, a certificate would suffice.

      You’re looking to work in the publishing industry I assume? From what I’ve learned, it sounds like a very interesting industry to work in!

  4. Nicole

    Ah, nice to hear about another possible program. I will check it out. I am currently working in publishing for a non-profit organization in Brussels, Belgium. I am in the research/learning state of starting to become a writer by profession. I enjoy your post, so I will be stopping by often!

    1. carrie m Post author

      Congrats on having the tenacity to finish your first novel! I’ve heard great things about self-publishing (who hasn’t these days with all of the Amanda Hocking buzz). I hope it goes well for you!

  5. Michael Van Kerckhove

    Hi Carrie. As a day-creeping writer with a restaurant evening job in Chicago, I sometimes just need to get OUT of my apartment. While I have several options, the more chill of my neighborhood Caribous is where I usually roost. To be successful when I venture out, I need to have a PLAN of action to keep me focused. I also don’t bother going through the process of hooking up to the Wi-Fi, cos that’s what gets me in trouble at home. Like now. Heh. :-) Best to you! Cheers.

    1. carrie m Post author


      I haven’t even let myself think about what happens after I finish the book yet. Ok, that’s a huge lie, but I’m trying as hard as I can NOT to think about it :) I figure I’ll cross that rickety bridge when I come to it. Have you tried to find an agent yet, or are you thinking ahead (like I do but try to pretend that I don’t)?

      Thanks for commenting!

  6. created2bless

    Assuming your name is Jim, I am glad I found you here. I, too, am an aspiring writer, inspirational in content and writing my first book. Mine, is on hope and I would like to finish it to be used in women’s Bible study or small group setting. I have several blogs but only write regularly on one of them, http://www.densiesdailyblogging.com and invite you to try and keep up with me. lol In my spare time I edit first draft writing, am a professional nanny, a college student studying Criminal Justice and Psychology and enjoy mentoring at risk youth.
    I have subscribed to your blog and look forward to hearing all about bits and pieces you add to your novel. I commend you as you take on a most noteworthy challenge. I have tried this for several years, participate in the National Novel Writing Month contest every year in November and have yet to complete my 50,000 word piece. Perhaps you would like to try your hand at this. It surely provides accountability, (but not enough for me obviously) and you might just finish your novel by the end of this year! :-) See you around-

    1. carrie m Post author

      Hello Denise!

      My name is Carrie, but I think I may have been responding to someone named Jim above which may have caused the confusion. Thanks very much for subscribing! I have heard a few people talking about National Novel Writing Month – I just may have to get in on that this year. Thanks for commenting!

  7. Neil Fein

    Carrie, just found the site, enjoying it greatly!

    How did you manage to turn off that yellow background behind the posts in the Coraline theme? (Or did you spring for the CSS upgrade?) I’m using the same theme on my editing site, but by Clemens is that yellow background ugly.

  8. navyblue28

    really like your blog, am an aspiring writer too. Trying to start my first novel as well; have a good story but just dont know where to begin and how to create characters.

  9. alisonfigueroa

    Welcome and congrats on your book that will be published. I am an aspiring writer as well and am very glad to see your blog on the front page of wordpress. Continue to read, write, study, that is the only way to become better. I plan to have a book out as well in the near future and look forward to hearing about your adventures.

  10. Jessica S

    I really enjoy your writing. I’d like to give WordPress a pat on the back for Freshly Pressing your post. It was definitely worth reading! :)

  11. jonaslamb

    good conversations going on here, thanks. am also a writer masquerading as a librarian, great place to hide out and seek inspiration. talking about writing in coffee shops and in libraries, i’m going to make our library a write-in here spot next november for nanowrimo and take on the challenge myself. i have a hard time writing in coffee shops or libraries, i need to be away from other text, internets and be with only my words. good luck.

    1. carrie m Post author

      Hello! I think it’s a great idea to set up a ‘write-in here’ spot at your library. I’m sure many writers will appreciate it! Thanks for your comment!

  12. charlie nitric

    Good Morning Carrie –
    The world of 9-5 isn’t as pretty as it’s built up to be, is it?! I’m a writer and a runner also. Good luck working on your first book. Happy Friday. :)

    1. carrie m Post author

      Hi Charlie,

      Thanks for your well wishes! The world of 9-5 is much better now that I’m in a job I love, but it sure was a pain when I was just starting out. There seem to be a lot of us out there who run and write. Perhaps we’re into solitary pursuits? Thanks for your comment, and have a great Friday too!

    1. carrie m Post author

      Hi Jacquelin! Thanks very much for sharing your post! I love your tips; they’re very helpful. I’m planning a post on tips for writing historical fiction (more of a round up of great posts about writing historical fiction), so I hope you mind mind if I include a link to your tips.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  13. versa kay

    I do not have a degree in literature and also do not have the time and energy to attend courses or workshops on writing.
    Nevertheless, as I have nothing to los, I jumped into blogging.and have been writing a post when ever I felt like. After i started writing my blog, I find that there is n dearth of subjects on which I can write which could be of interest to quite a few visitors. this realisation is providing me phillip to write more frequently and in a more interesting manner. In the past, I was passing by blogs of others. But now i am surfing the net with a fishing net to find bloga by others, to learn about how they are writing their blogs and if I could gain insights into how to make my writing more interesting.
    I chanced across your blog just now and find that it is one of the few serious, sicere anr nice blogs in the blog world.

  14. Sajib

    I’m also an enthusiastic writer. I mostly write news articles and blog posts, but I often write fiction in Bangla. But I want to become a writer someday. Nice to see someone who is on the track now.

  15. melsadie

    Hey. I’m Melanie and Im one of your swedish/english readers. I just wanted to introduce myself! I love your blog :)

  16. alligatorsbite

    I just wanted to stop in, say hello, and send my appreciation for your blog :) I’m quite curious in regards to your Master’s in Information & Library Science. I actually was recently accepted into this exact program and begin in July!

    1. carrie m Post author

      Hello and thanks for stopping by! Congrats on being accepted into a library science program. I had a great time working on my Masters, although I took a bit of a non-traditional route (at the time). I focused more on Information Retrieval and databases than I did on librarianship. From what I understand, MLIS programs have come a long way since then, so now you can focus on both sides of the ‘business’. Congrats again on being accepted! I hope you enjoy the program as much as I did.

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