"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection" ~ Anais Nin
Throughout the past decade, I've established strong working relationships with editors at numerous national consumer magazines, tackling a wide range of topics, from using pumpkins as a beauty product and learning the art of stone-skipping (USA Weekend) to nurturing your child's budding art skills (Parenting) and curbing your preschooler's daredevil ways (Parents) to embracing your new life as a parent (American Baby) and living with a chronic skin disease (Woman's Day).
Give me a topic and I'll dive right in, whether it's updating Florida citrus growers on the current crop and the latest citrus research findings (Citrus & Vegetable magazine) or ways independent gift retailers can stand out amid the big-box stores down the street (Gift Shop magazine).
I credit my experience as a beat reporter at daily newspapers with my ability to deliver accurate, concise copy fast. This experience also cemented my interviewing skills. I not only am at ease with talking with people, I've mastered the art of getting sources to open up and share their stories. I leapt into the freelance world after seven years of daily newspaper reporting. I continue to write for newspapers as a freelancer; most recently, I've spent three years writing a weekly business feature for northern Michigan's largest newspaper, the Traverse City Record-Eagle. I also have contributed to a number of Michigan-based business and parenting publications.