We had the good fortune of connecting with Carrie Nyman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carrie, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Memoir writers have a unique challenge: they must convey personal stories with professional level writing without any experience or knowledge of the publishing industry. They need an educated partner with writing, ghostwriting, and publishing experience to tell their compelling life stories effectively. Since I’ve been ghostwriting professionally since 2013, I understand the catharsis that comes with self-discovery and the importance of building professional (but close) relationships with my clients. I provide the bridge necessary to succeed—helping clients transform into authors—so these memoirs do not remain untold.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I grew up writing to cope with chronic pain. I was 14-years-old when I received a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis; however, I wouldn’t understand the true problem for another twenty years. During my early 30s, doctors discovered I have a connective tissue disorder, Ehlers-Danlos Hypermobility. There’s no cure and no treatment. Like building a house with rubber nails, my collagen is too loose to hold me together, which means I endure severe chronic joint damage while doing normal tasks. My dream of becoming an English Literature professor (and professional writer) seemed to be ruined due to my disability.

After my WWII historical fiction novel Why Aren’t You Sweet Like Me?? was traditionally published in 2012, I began ghostwriting with Mark Graham Communications. I found that my writing thrives when it’s focused on the riveting memoirs of bold women. I love being there for women when they re-experience their pasts, transmuting pain into power.

Fortunately, pain and happiness are not mutually exclusive. My health has improved tremendously with the help of my physical therapist and dedicated service dog. And in 2022, when my agent retired, I started McFly! Ghostwriting to specialize in memoirs. I named my business after my first joint stability dog, a giant Caucasian Shepherd, who enabled my healing process. Now, my dog “Marty” helps me keep up with my firefighting partner, Dan, and our two adventurous ninja children.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For a weeklong trip in Colorado Springs, I would take you to my favorite restaurant downtown: “The Rabbit Hole,” which is an Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant, underground! Then, I’d take you to a Switchbacks soccer game and we would probably go to the Golden Bee (at the Broadmoor) for drinks afterward. I love hiking the Crags, a beautiful trail behind Pikes Peak, so we’d have lunch at Wines of Colorado on the way up. And if we were feeling really adventurous, we’d go to Cripple Creek, play some roulette, and then drive through Garden of the Gods to watch the sunset.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Tarah Hargrove is a photographer and new business consultant. She has helped me to see my potential without a ghostwriting agent representing my work. Now, as the owner of McFly Ghostwriting, I represent myself while creating my business relationships. She gives me homework every time we talk, which keeps me accountable!

Website: Carrienyman.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/carrienymanmemoirs

Twitter: Twitter.com/CarrieNyman

Facebook: Facebook.com/AuthorCarrieNyman

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