As a seasoned writer and editor, I aim to tell real life stories and help others tell their own stories. I do this in a variety of ways, including writing and publishing essays, leading writing workshops, editing and proofreading manuscripts, ghostwriting and collaborating with others on their own life story projects. My job is my passion: to help people leave legacies.
I began writing for my hometown newspaper at age 15, launching a column, “Neighbors,” which profiled people in my rural community of Pinedale, Wyo. I have since written hundreds of news and feature articles for national, regional and local, publications. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Writer’s Digest, Chicken Soup for the Soul, LION Magazine, USAA Financial Magazine, Writer’s Market and Kansas City Parent, among others. As a former newspaper journalist I have stood at the smoldering remains of burnt-down churches, sat in courtrooms for murder trials, listened to a quiet and hurting rape victim and interviewed small town mayors about the local effects of illegal immigration. I have written about German Baptists in Indiana, the history of the nostalgic LION mint, and a jewelry store situated on a downtown square. I have ghostwritten an autobiography of a 93-year-old former Detroit auto worker. I have edited doctoral dissertations, juicy fishing stories, and chronicles of personal struggle and triumph.
I earned my Master’s Degree in Creative and Professional Writing from Western Connecticut State University in 2010. My book, Tough Love: A Wyoming Childhood (Pronghorn Press 2012) recounts my experience as an only child growing up in western Wyoming with raw, uncivilized characters. Readers meet the likes of Uncle John, who tacked a sign reading “Boar’s Nest” to the outside of his tiny log cabin; Aunt Faye, who keeps whoopie cushions on the couch to startle guests and bakes sugared orange rinds; and Grandpa Bucky, who taught my dad how to shoot a gun by setting up cardboard targets against the living room couch.
I also recently collaborated with customers, friends and family to document the story of my family’s retail and repair shop. Bucky’s: Stories and Recollections from 50 Years in Business, is the history of a local business, told by the very people who made the business the dynamic success it is today.
All in all, I live for human interest stories – those memories and experiences that shape who we are and how we influence others. I love what I do, connecting people through story and expression.
How can I help you bring your project, book, or idea into the world? View a list of services I offer. Please get in touch for a free 30-minute consult. If I can be of service to you, through one-on-one coaching, manuscript review , or helping you tell your own life story or the history of your small business, don’t be shy. I would love to hear from you.