Carpenter's play The Guadalupe was a 2013 O'Neill semifinalist and part of Chautauqua Theater Company's 2014 New Play Workshops under the direction of Ethan McSweeny. Her play Sweet, Sweet Spirit was produced in October 2014 by Manhattan Theater Works, where Playbill named it a Top 10 must-see fall show; the Advocate Magazine called it a "rich, insightful and devastating drama"; and Broadway director Joe Hardy called it "Beautifully realized in all respects. A must-see, true attention-getter."

Her plays have been developed with Barrow Group (NYC), Chautauqua Theater Company, Manhattan Theater Works (NYC), On the Square  (NYC), Original Bindings (NYC), American Southwest Theater (Las Cruces, NM), New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM), Greer Garson Theatre Center (Santa Fe), and Acadiana Repertory Theater (Louisiana). Her plays have won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2010 and 2014 NewBorn Play Festival (NYC), Best Playwriting at Planet Connections 2010 (NYC), and Best Play at High Desert Play Festival 2012 (NM). Sweet, Sweet Spirit was a 2013 Semifinalist with Wordsmyth Theater (Houston) and Good Lonely People was a 2011 Semifinalist with Pandora Productions (Louisville). Her plays Good Lonely People and Wild Dogs are published by Indie Theater Now.

Carpenter is a company playwright at Manhattan Theatre Works (MTWorks), a member of the Dramatists’ Guild of America, a National Member of the Playwrights Center, and an alum of Sewanee and ESPA's playwriting programs - where she studied with Lee Blessing, Arlene Hutton and Rogelio Martinez. She has a BA in creative writing from College of Santa Fe and an MPW in dramatic writing from the University of Southern California, where she studied with the late, beloved Paul Zindel, Fugardian dramaturg Herbert Shore, and Hubert Selby, Jr.

Carpenter’s screenplays have been nominated for an Academy Award (student short drama category) and have won Best Short Drama awards at  several international film festivals. She worked at Paramount Pictures, where she wrote tv and radio spots for the studio's Domestic TV division, mastering the art of boiling story down to its most essential. 

Carpenter has published five young adult novels/anthologies with Random House, served as an editor and story consultant at Paramount Pictures, and her literary fiction has received the Ed Moses Fiction Prize and the Phi Kappa Phi from the University of Southern California.