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

Countries Visited

Children's Books Written

Languages Spoken

Articles Penned

Sports Competed

Books Written

Countries Lived

I know. You want a bio. 

And I want to give you one. One that tells the whole story. But, look, I’ve been writing for over 30 years. How much information do you want?

Do you really want to hear about the first book I made when I was six? The hours reading under the covers with a flashlight. Carving poetry into math books (Sorry Ms. S). Countless articles, poems, and stories for every contest and school paper from middle school through college. Nights at open mics, roommate band practices, backstage at Electric Factory gigs, writing down the scene until my wrist gave out. Years working on novels.

The backdrops where my love of words crystalized. 

Or do you want to find out about buttoned up, professional Jaylyn?

The 3 years of 80-hour work weeks with multiple 27-hour Top Secret edits that crammed acronyms and grammar into my brain. Spare time spent taking the free company courses on marketing and PR and turning that into a marketing/PR director position at a Fortune 500. Freelancing on the side and working for several startups in directorial positions, learning business from the inside out. Underneath it all, the avalanche of marketing collateral, countless clients and industries, best practices from mentors and guides, my sheer need to write.

In the beginning that meant about anything. Weapons of mass destruction. Sapphire rings you could pawn for a small yacht. Organic clothing.

Today, I prefer to write about the areas that matter most to me.  

 

what’s that? You’re just looking for the basics?

Oh, right. In that case, here’s my official statement, sans deluge: 

In addition to senior copywriter at two marketing agencies, I’ve also served as the editor and PR/marketing director for a Fortune 500 company. Working over 10 years as a nationally published journalist, professional editor, and content writer has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to work with clients that include 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 The Writer, Profile, Sync, Rugby, American Healthcare Leader, Longweekends, to name a few.  

 

 

 

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