One of the most rewarding aspects of being a small-town reporter was connecting with community and meeting ordinary people – hearing their stories from the kitchen table, living room sofa, hospital room or accident scene. It takes a friendly, outgoing, unpretentious person to approach strangers at an art fair or concert or on the street corner and ask them probing questions, then convince them to speak on the record. It seems I have a knack for getting people to open up and feel comfortable. I credit it to the fact I am caring, curious, courteous and feel we are all connected.
The actual art of writing still gives me a great sense of purpose and pride, especially when I learn the story truly made a difference in the life of a struggling family, raised awareness for a pressing community need, or brought in critical revenue to a nonprofit organization through publicity of a fundraiser.
So heeding the advice of my first editor, I decided to follow my bliss and pursue a career as a professional freelance writer. Sure, my dream is to have my toes in the sand on a beach somewhere writing about my latest tropical adventure. I even joined the Barefoot Writer Club! I’m hopeful I’ll get there. But until then, I’ll keep plugging away trying to change the world one story at a time.
I’ve always been proud to be a journalist and true to the profession’s ethics. My intent is always to be fair, accurate, unbiased, informative – and interesting. And in an era of fake news and wannabe reporters, it’s more important than ever. It’s why I joined the Society of Professional Journalists to show solidarity for working journalist everywhere.
What else do I offer? Excellent writing, interviewing, reporting and editing skills; a willingness to learn and try new things; curiosity, compassion and creativity; a fun, friendly, witty personality; and the ability to work independently and meet deadlines under pressure. Thorough and detail-oriented, I personally have high standard of excellence and a strong commitment to get it right as well as do the right thing.
As any entrepreneur will tell you, there are times you have to branch out to keep the working flowing and the bills paid. I’ve learned to be flexible to meet the needs of editors, businesses, and organizations. I’m a versatile writer who can deliver 400-word “front of the book” articles, blog posts, press releases, creative B2B and marketing content, or well-sourced, long-form feature stories (my favorite).
My professional writing services draw on my experience as a reporter, wordsmith, and student of life. Take a look at what I can do. Hopefully, you’ll think I’m a good fit for your next project or assignment.
- Magazine and newspaper articles (features, news and investigative)
- Personality, business and nonprofit profiles
- Personal essays and columns
- Event coverage
- Newsletters, marketing content, annual reports
- Blogs, social media, and website content
- Concert, theater, and restaurant previews/reviews
- Scholarly journal articles and research
- Essays, research papers, and APA citation (high school, college)
- Ghostwriting (memoirs, autobiographies)
- Editing, proofreading, transcription services
- Tutoring and teaching in English, journalism, and writing