Genealogist Sharon DeBartolo Carmack is on a quest to converse with the dead.
She is a Certified Genealogist, a Spiritualist Medium, and the best-selling author of twenty-seven books, including You Can Write Your Family History and Tell It Short: A Guide to Writing Your Family History in Brief, the recent biography, In Search of Maria B. Hayden: The American Medium Who Brought Spiritualism to the U.K., and the bestselling memoir, Midlife Medium: A Genealogist’s Quest to Converse with the Dead.
Midlife Medium is an unintentional spiritual memoir as Sharon engrosses herself in the world of mediumship to learn whether it’s possible for anyone to become a medium. The journey is not without unexpected, sometimes unsettling, consequences as Sharon grapples with her own mortality and discovers a little-known religion, Spiritualism. She also discovers that all relationships can heal, even after death. But perhaps the biggest challenge is the strain her quest puts on her relationship with her skeptical, science-teacher daughter.
Sharon DeBartolo Carmack is a Certified Genealogist® with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing. She is a Certificate holder in Demonstrating Mediumship from the Spiritualists’ National Union in the U.K., international branch, and an Advanced Academic Diploma holder also from the Spiritualists’ National Union. Sharon is the author of twenty-five books, including the best-selling guides Organizing Your Family History Search; A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors; Your Guide to Cemetery Research; You Can Write Your Family History; Tell It Short: A Guide to Writing Your Family History in Brief; and the recent biography, In Search of Maria B. Hayden: The American Medium Who Brought Spiritualism to the U.K. Her memoir Midlife Medium: A Genealogist’s Quest to Converse with the Dead is published by Köehler Books. Her work has appeared in almost every major genealogical journal, as well as Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Portland Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art, Steinbeck Review, and Literary Hub, to name a few.