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I’m Carol J. Alexander.

I write stories of hard working folk—farmers who rise before the sun to provide food for the masses, homesteaders that fight against the odds to live off the land, homemakers who struggle to put up enough food for a year on a shoestring budget, and parents who see the future in their children.

Since 2007, my stories have been published in BackHome, Grit, Hobby Farms, Urban Farm, From Scratch, Home Education, The Old Schoolhouse, and in regional parenting magazines all over North America.

As a former columnist for my local newspaper, several highly trafficked blogs, and a national magazine, I understand the meaning of a deadline. Discipline, attention to detail, research, and interviewing skills have made it possible for my writing to reach millions of readers.

As editor of Shenandoah Living magazine, I edit stories of those hard working folk who live in and love the most beautiful place in the world—the Shenandoah Valley. I work with a team of writers to keep a full editorial calendar, review query letters and make assignments, assign photographers and make appropriate selections from their submissions, and collaborate with layout and design on the perfect placement of stories, ads, and photographs to bring readers a stunning experience of their world.

In 2012, I published a series of unit studies for homeschoolers and involved parents called Lessons from the Homestead. Written to show parents how to teach their children academic skills alongside their farm chores, each study features over 50 lessons in math, science, language, and more.

In 2014, I published Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals. This five-star rated book shows the busy homesteading homemaker how to prepare her food at harvest time so she spends less time making supper the rest of the year.

And in 2015, I developed Break into Magazine Writing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Published. This five-week course takes new writers from generating story ideas to writing a query letter that sells.

Take a peek at a few of my featured works by clicking on the appropriate tab above and then check out my recommendations. If you like what you see, I’d love to work with you.