Local author Carrie T. Gruman-Trinkner began writing as a child, publishing her first work in 5th grade. She has since published in several major magazines, internationally, and has several books under both her name and her pen name. Gruman-Trinkner currently freelances as a theater critic for the Post-Crescent in Appleton. Her writing has won her the Parent-Patient Leadership Award from the National Cleft-Palate Association, Audience Favorite at the Wega Arts One Act Play Festival for her original play, The Bench, the Silver Pen Award, and various other awards.
Carrie does not fit a niche having published with an agent and without an agent, for large publishing houses, and small houses, magazines, newspapers, etc.; her books include works of fiction for middle grade, thrillers, cozies, memoir, nonfiction, and others. She has spoken and/or taught on local radio, NPR, television, at book festivals and UW-Madison's The Writer's Institute, as well as dozens of schools, libraries, book clubs, and young author's weeks.
When not writing, Carrie teaches choral music and drama to middle and high school students. She resides outside of Waupaca, WI, with the younger two of her five children and a small menagerie. She has been building themed gardens on her two acre property based on her favorite books.