A Reader From Tennessee Says:
"I imagine you as being very organized; friendly and fun loving; one who likes to spend lots of time with your kids and grandkids ... one who travels to many places and meets many interesting people; one who loves books (you probably have a small library at home); one who enjoys history, genealogy, etc.; you most likely have a swimming pool and a treadmill; you love rich, smooth sounding music-from the good old days; you go to church and have lots of friends there. People flock to you-because of your warm and vibrant personality. You are a good leader. Am I right?"
Laury Hembree, Maryville, TN
Peg Carmack Short was born and reared in a small Midwestern town near St. Louis, Missouri. When she was growing up, vacations were often spent visiting her father's boyhood home in the Missouri Ozarks. "There in those peaceful surroundings," she says, "I learned much of what remains important to me today: my faith in God; my love of family, friends, and home.

Formerly, Short was director of magazine publishing operations and Editor-in-Chief of Significant Living Magazine. Additionally, she was an acquisitions director for Tyndale House Publishing where she developed products for Focus on the Family. She was also an acquisitions editor for women's non-fiction books at Moody Publishers. However, much of Short's publishing career has been in magazine publishing. Previously she has been editor-in-chief of numerous mass-market magazines including Becoming Family, Romantic Homes, Decorating Ideas, and others.

Short is also an author and has written, ghost-written, and contributed to several books. Her book, A Country Sampler of Simple Blessings, is a further celebration of her love for home and family. Written to accompany the warm and wonderful paintings of her friend, internationally known folk artist Ellen Stouffer, Short says Stouffers paintings remind her of the small, town where her father grew up. "They speak to my heart and call to mind small towns where friends and neighbors gather for good food and easy conversation . . . and where God speaks through everyday miracles."

In addition to authoring her own book, Short worked with Priscilla Evans Shirer on her book, Discerning the Voice of God, How to Recognize When God Speaks, which was based Shirer's Bible study. She is also a contributor to What We've Learned so Far, Thoughts on Turning 50 by Today's Christian Leaders, Intimate Encounters with God and 30 Ways to Embrace Life. She is the author of over 300 magazine articles for numerous magazines.

Short has more than 20 years experience in publishing as a writer, editor, and executive. During that time, she has founded and consulted on several new magazine launches and helped start and develop both a trade and consumer publishing house. She was formerly Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Randall Publishing. She has also been Executive Editor of both the custom publishing division and the decorating division of a consumer publishing house and a member of its executive board. Short has won more than 30 national awards for writing, design, and production excellence.

With a real heart for women and the concerns of their lives, Short loves being involved in women's ministry and speaks to groups offering encouragement, support, and inspiration. She is also a sought after speaker for writer's conferences and events. A frequent media personality, Short has appeared on radio broadcasts and been interviewed in many newspapers.

She and her husband Bob are the parents of three grown children and grandparents of nine. "I think family is the greatest gift in life. It's my source of strength and comfort. The haven where I find love, peace, and joy."