I’ve worked as a writer and editor for my entire adult life. At 20, I landed my first paying gig as a freelancer for my hometown newspaper. By the time I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of Wooster, I had also written a few hundred articles for the college newspaper. Getting a byline proved addictive. I’ve spent the past 25 years attaching my name to published stories. For nearly a decade, I worked on the editorial staff of The Ohio State University’s faculty-staff newspaper. I followed that job with two years as a communications officer at the University of Cambridge in England where I worked primarily in internal (staff) communications and my duties included editing the university’s staff magazine. I’ve since gone on to work in communications roles for international non-profits in Washington, D.C.
My first book was published on September 4, 2018: Poetry 101 (Simon & Schuster: Adams Media). As a freelance journalist, my writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, CASE’s Currents magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, Metropolis (Tokyo), Tokyo Families Magazine, Military Spouse magazine, the Dayton Daily News, the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Monthly Magazine, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and Ohio University’s research and alumni magazines. I also wrote a Tales from Tokyo blog for angloinfo.com and have worked with GPSMyCity. I’m the author of an as-yet-unpublished travel memoir about my three years as an American newlywed adjusting to military and English culture in Cambridge, England.
My husband serves in the U.S. Air Force and we are the parents of a young teen. (I love the stories that kid can spin.) Thanks to my husband’s career, we now live in Kuwait; previously we’ve lived in England and Japan as well as the Washington DC area. As a child growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, I never imagined I’d lead a life that would include living in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Love allows us to make great leaps sometimes, even by those of us who prefer our feet stay firmly on the ground.
I hope that sufficiently satisfies your curiosity. Over the years, I’ve asked so many people to share their stories with me. It only seems fair that I offer at least a little of mine. Thanks for paying me a visit.
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