Carolyn Burns Bass

I kissed a frog in 1967, but his transformation didn’t happen until 1986.

With a sword swallower as a father and a closet chanteuse for a mother, how could I not become a writer?

I’ve wandered through the moors of Yorkshire, bicycled beside rice paddies in Japan, stalked kangaroos in Australia, and ridden elephants in Thailand. I’ve written about all of these experiences for magazines and media such as The Huffington Post, Prevue, California Meetings + Events, Incentive, Greer’s OC,, Riverside Press-Enterprise, and my personal blog.

When not traveling to find true stories about the places I go and the people I meet, I write lies. Fiction, actually. My current work in progress is a novel called Whispering Nights, the story of three women of diverse background meeting secretly to read a scandalous new novel called Wuthering Heights by an unknown author named Ellis Bell.

In addition to writing travel features and fiction, I am founder and moderator of #litchat, a reader/writer discussion operated entirely through Twitter.

When not writing or traveling I assist brilliant people plan meetings and events all over the world through my company Word Art Solutions. As this also includes travel and writing, this work completes the circle of my vocational life.

Across the years I’ve been assistant editor of a national music magazine (CCM), written magazine cover features, personality profiles, music reviews and food features.  I’ve had short fiction published in MetroMoms Fiction, The Rose & Thorn (Spring, 2007) and Breath & Shadow (October 2007). I am an active member of the Backspace writing community, where many of my short stories have placed within the top 3 in the Backspace Short Story Contests.

The Short Version

With a sword swallower as a father and a closet chanteuse for a mother, it’s no wonder Carolyn Burns Bass became a writer. A longtime journalist for entertainment, travel and lifestyle media, Carolyn has blogged for The Huffington Post and covers the travel for She’s had short fiction published in The Rose & Thorn, Breath & Shadow, and MetroFiction ezines. As a finalist for the 2013 Eric Hoffer Award, her short story “Sketches Past and Present” appears in the anthology, Best New Writing 2013. She is currently working on a novel entitled, Whispering Nights. She would like to list prestigious colleges attended and degrees earned, but she restricts her fiction to made-up people.

Carolyn is the founder and moderator of LitChat (, the popular literary discussion that occurs through Twitter using the hashtag #LitChat. Follow her on Twitter at @CarolyBurnsBass, visit her blog at, and visit her website at