I would put “raconteur” on a business card if it didn’t sound so pretentious — because it’s a fun word, of course, and I’ve dedicated myself to the art of telling stories since I first started reporting for my local newspaper at age 16. That early taste of the bylined life inspired me to graduate with honors from one of the top journalism schools in the nation, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and I’ve made my living with a notebook and a pen ever since. I’ve appreciated the professional excuse to satisfy my curiosity about the people and world around me.
I eventually decided to retire my press pass to work as a writer/editor for Marquette University, Wisconsin’s largest private college. During my six years at Marquette, I learned to tell stories in many different forms, from pithy three-line ads to 1,500-word features. Now I use my marketing and communication skills to help my freelance clients. Please check out my LinkedIn page to learn more about my work history (and find testimonials about the fact that I’m an all-around good human being).
When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, baking, gardening and geeking out over Masterpiece Theatre. I live in the Milwaukee area with my husband, who is a high school English teacher (we should get a bulk discount on red ink), two feisty children and a couple of cats who think they’re dogs.