I’m a New England native—daughter of a firefighter, youngest of seven—and can still speak with a Boston accent on demand. Two of my three kids were born in Texas, which I think gives them street cred. I’ve been in Fort Collins since 2011. My life has spanned four states and three time zones; Colorado and its mountain time is my favorite.
Life as work
I have a well-worn degree in journalism, which not all writers do these days. I know how to dig, to find the story, and to streamline a message to its essentials. Over the years I’ve developed, written, edited, and formatted copy for corporations large and small, custom publishers, and national magazines. As a longtime freelancer, I have clients across and outside the U.S. as well as locally (Fort Collins Magazine and Colorado State University).
My specializations have evolved. Before the magazine industry imploded I wrote health, parenting, and lifestyle stories for national magazines. Today I write for national brands, websites, corporations, and nonprofits. In the labor-of-love category, for a decade I published a twice-yearly newsletter for fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” series. In recent years I’ve been editing a lot for self-published authors, because 1. self-publishing is the great equalizer, and 2. not editing is the biggest mistake self-published authors can make.
I am the author of WORST-KEPT SECRET, a novel in the new-adult category of women’s fiction, which I published under a pen name in 2016, and a family travel guide to the homesites of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I’m mom to a teen, a tween, and a preschooler. And a dog (also a Texan). Things I love: India Pale Ales, embarrassing my kids, really good fries, the feel of a bike, roundhouse kicks, and making a mess in the kitchen.
My favorite writers are Aaron Sorkin, John McPhee, Anne Tyler, Jonathan Tropper, John Green, Judy Blume, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Ellen Conford, Rainbow Rowell, Emily Giffin, and Richard Russo. I adore young-adult novels and will read them forever.
I don’t have any tattoos, but that won’t be true forever. I now have a tattoo. It’s related to both writing and my kids, but that’s not obvious, and I kind of like that.
I love to be outside. Biking reminds me to stay happy. Whenever I finish a big project, more often than not I celebrate on two wheels via Fort Collins’ Spring Creek or Poudre Trail. Or I might just traipse through Larimer County Open Space in my hiking shoes.
What’s the story?
That’s my story. My question is: What’s yours?