Story is My LIfe
Quite literally. Long before I knew how to write, I picked up a pen and began scribbling down my thoughts. At some point, that chicken scratch turned into actual words.
Years Holding A Pen
Children's Books Written
WHO AM I?
I’ve been writing for over 30 years. What would you like to know?
Curious about the early years?
Want to hear about the first book I made when I was six? The hours reading under the covers with a flashlight. Scribing poetry into calculus margins (Sorry Ms. S) and late evenings. Countless articles, poems, and stories for every contest and school paper from middle school through college.
What about the backdrops where my love of words crystalized?
Where they found personality (and one likes to hope, idiosyncrasy.) Nights at open mics, roommate band practices, hanging out backstage at Electric Factory gigs with exceptional artists, writing down the scene until my wrist gave out.
Years working on novels.
more interested in the professional journey?
That began with 3 years of 80-hour work weeks and 27-hour, Top Secret edits that crammed acronyms and grammar into my brain. Recognizing that the lack of creative expression had consumed my soul (how many comma splices can you find before you become the Tin Man?), I returned to PR and learned marketing in my spare time. Eventually, turning that into a marketing/PR director position at a Fortune 500.
At the same time, I started freelancing on the side and working for several startups in directorial positions, learning business from the inside out. I also stepped into a few senior copywriting and marketing manager positions at ad/marketing agencies; ramping up my understanding of the different marketing approaches and considerations. Not to mention an increased appreciation for the power and influence of words on the human mind.
Underneath it all–the avalanche of marketing collateral, numerous clients and industries, best practices from mentors and guides–my sheer need to write.
In the beginning that meant about anything. Spec ops desert military tactics. Sapphire rings you could pawn for a small yacht. Organic clothing.
Today, I prefer to write about the areas that matter most to me.
just looking for a buttoned-up summary?
Here’s my official statement, sans deluge:
I’ve been helping clients find the right words as a freelancer for over 10 years. In addition to senior copywriter at several marketing agencies, I’ve also served as the editor and PR/marketing director for a Fortune 500 company. Working as a nationally published journalist, professional editor, and content writer has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to work with clients that include REI, Macmillian Publishing, Sony PlayStation, AstraZeneca, Home Depot, Omni Hotels, United Airlines, Cordova, Johns Hopkins University, University of Oklahoma, Vital Plan, Champions, KinderCare Learning Centers, CareHere!, and many more. Other work has been published in a number of magazines. The Writer, Profile, Sync, Rugby, Nashville Arts and Entertainment, and Longweekends, to name a few.
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