I learned how to write an essay in second grade, at age seven. I was so pleased with the result: a full page of neat writing, divided into three paragraphs, narrating a sequence of events, embellished with carefully selected details. What more could I need?
Before that, I won my first essay contest at age five—just a few months after I learned to write a sentence. The topic was fire safety. I don't remember what I wrote, but I do remember how happy I was that something I wrote got the point across.
Fast forward a few years (and a Master's in writing), and now I write non-fiction, still working to make everyday topics—like fire safety—scintillating. (Word nerd pun intended.) I live with my husband in San Diego, where I like to sniff out stories for neighborhood news, features, and whatever comes along. I write original articles, accept assignments from local publications, create web content, compose copy for myriad purposes, author occasional blogs, catch typos, and help my friends out when they need words in a pinch. I also work with a local best-selling author who has developed an independent publishing house, The Sager Group, focused on "harnessing the means of production" to give artists control over their own work. I dabble in children's books and I am a member of SCBWI.
My writing appears in the Seattle Weekly, San Diego Reader, San Diego Jewish Journal, Vista Press, Red Tricycle, San Diego Downtown News, and the UCSD Climate Change Review.
I'm on the lookout for stories, so contact me if you have an idea or you want to collaborate. If you're a fellow writer, I hope you'll keep writing.
Thanks for reading.