About Tom Carter


After seventeen years as an award-winning Oklahoma Associated Press newspaper reporter, Tom Carter moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1988 to write celebrity autobiographies.

Four years later, Carter's second book, Memories: The Autobiography of Ralph Emery, rose to number-two on the New York Times best-sellers list. The memoir was the first of Carter’s seven Times best-sellers, and two USA Today best-sellers, and all before the end of the 1990s.

As early as 1996, Carter had produced more New York Times best-selling autobiographies than ANY OTHER writer in America that decade, according to People magazine. That record stood through 1999!

During that same period, Carter wrote a novel for LeAnn Rimes. Holiday in Your Heart was quickly adapted into a prime-time movie for ABC in 1996.

In 2001, Carter produced another work of fiction written with Britney Spears. That book, A Mother’s Gift, spawned a prime-time made-for-TV movie for the ABC Family Channel.

Other celebrities who’ve retained Carter to write their memoirs include Reba McEntire, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Buddy Killen and Jason Aldean, the Academy of Country Music’s "Entertainer of the Decade."

In 2006, Carter wrote an autobiography for the Rev. Larry Jones, founder and former president of Feed The Children, once the third-largest non-profit charity in the United States.

Carter's 2020 novel, In the Flesh, is his first, faith-based novel. In a recent interview, he labeled this book as the best he's ever written.

Carter has been a professional writer for 50 years.

Tom's Resume