A successful teacher and reading tutor for many years, Carrie Malinowski is a mental health clinician who enjoys working with anxiety sufferers. She has a degree in psychology and maintains her Arizona K-8 teaching certificate with endorsements in Structured English Immersion and Early Childhood Education. While employed as a teacher, the Daily Courier featured a story about her experiences in a Charter School.
She has been writing her entire life, but she began taking formal creative writing and memoir courses in 2002. She has been a member of SCWBI and is currently a member of The Professional Writers of Prescott and a contest judge for its yearly writing competition. She belongs to a memoir critique group locally known as “The Writers’ Workshop.” Its seven members meet weekly to evaluate content, flow, and provide line editing for each other. They have a labeled and dedicated room at the public library. Her talent in writing is the braid technique. It showcases her ability as a storyteller, and she has used it in much of her creative writing.
She is the author of the children’s book, Hand-Me-Down Bear (Heart to Heart Publishing, 2012). She recently attended the Kentucky Book Fair where she was interviewed by Channel 10 news, and won the honor of 2013 “top picture book seller” with the Heart to Heart Publishing group. Her short stories “The Wives’ Tale Stalker,” “Troll is as Troll Does,” and “Client Pieces,” appear in anthologies published by Whortleberry Press. She am a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul – Food and Love as well as Chicken Soup for the Soul – Kids on the Spectrum.
Her unpublished works includes “Inside Out,” a light-hearted middle grade fiction novel about children of divorce. She recently completed “Circle K,” a novel of linked short stories based upon the convenience store next to the school where she taught. She is currently writing a collection of essays based on peculiar remarks and advice from her mental health clients. She is also the author of nine picture books.
By far, her favorite project is Tattletale – A Teacher’s Memoir. She believes that her life’s purpose was to live through and write about this nerve shattering experience in order to provide companionship to those who are struggling with anxiety, with bullying, and with teaching.