All stories have a beginning. This is mine.
It was a dark and stormy night. . .
or rather. . .
It was a bright and sunny afternoon. . .
The date was July 24, 1999. I logged on to my AOL account to check my email and after the dial-up noise ceased, the question “Have you ever thought of being a freelance writer?” popped onto my Welcome Screen. I curiously read the job posting that followed and decided to send in my application and two writing samples. After all, what did I have to lose? Two weeks later, I received a call from a Los Angeles-based editor offering me a position with AOL’s Digital City site. Little did I know at the time that this one decision would have such a lasting effect on my life. I have been a full-time freelance writer ever since!
Over the last nearly two decades, I have written materials for all kinds of fields and industries including travel, education, health, real estate, medical, dental, and business. I have written dozens of magazine articles for kids, youth, and adults and nearly 100 books for children and young adults. I have contributed to state, district, and college-level assessments in all grade levels and subject areas. And, I have even delved into magazine ghost writing and professional blogging as well. Over the years I have honed my research skills and consider this to not only be one of my strengths, but also one of my favorite parts of my job. I love gathering unusual facts and trivia, checking them out for their validity, and then filling volumes of writer’s notebooks with these ideas to explore for later projects.
Prior to my writing career, I worked as a teacher at a private school for at-risk youth teaching and tutoring all subjects in grades 5-12. And prior to that, I was a student at Brigham Young University majoring in education and working as a student employee at the university library’s Special Collections Department. I’m proud to say that before I wrote my own books, I spent nearly four years retrieving and shelving tomes from the 1400s and oohing and ahhing over masterfully penned illuminated manuscripts. ‘Twas definitely a magical time!
Thanks for checking out my website! From the home page, you can navigate through a selection of my published works. If all goes as planned, there will be many more added in the future….stay tuned!