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Carli Freeman is the co-author of The Mystery Ryders, a children’s mystery series that began in 2009 as a homeschool project. Carli’s first three books were in print by the time she was 11, and she currently has eight book titles to her name. She enjoys making author visits to schools and bookstores to share her love of reading (and writing).

Carli loves storytelling in its many different forms, including songwriting and screenwriting. She is a composer-lyricist for musical theatre, and her musical The Shakespeare Company was workshopped and performed at Fordham Lincoln Center in Spring 2019.

Beginning in 2021, Carli wrote and directed three seasons of Me, Sadie, and the Mixed-Up Time Machine, an audio drama available wherever you get your podcasts. In 2023, Carli developed a new musical through the Across A Crowded Room musical theatre writing program. The show received a staged reading at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Carli graduated from Fordham University in New York City in 2021. She studied television, mathematics, and theology as a National Merit Scholar. Currently she is working as a federal acquisition professional in Brooklyn, NY and is simultaneously earning her MBA through Champlain College.

Basically, she’s a nerd in many, many areas.



Carli Freeman. Photo Credit: Blake Jennings.