I was in Mr. Cassidy’s fourth grade class when I first declared my aspiration to be a professional writer someday. “Someday” happened 10 years later when I sold my first essay to Ignite Your Faith magazine at 19 years old.
When I saw my byline for the first time, I cried.
At Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, I majored in English Literature and Strategic Communication (a fancy name for Public Relations) and wrote a bi-weekly column called The Tangent for the campus newspaper. During this time I did a lot of pro bono work (read: three unpaid internships) for an edgy alternative newsweekly, a Christian publishing company, and a chic regional magazine. What can I say? I like diversity.
Today, I’m the Copy Director for an advertising agency that creates regional advertorials for Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Woman’s Day, Seventeen, WebMD, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, and Kiplinger’s magazines. And because writing never feels like “work” to me, I constantly welcome freelance projects. Really, it’s my favorite hobby.
So, what else do you want to know?
I’m married to my best friend and fellow ginger. We travel every chance we get (19 countries and counting!) and love exploring our city of Cincinnati. I bake cookies when I’m stressed, take boxing classes so that I can eat the aforementioned cookies, and have a growing collection of used journals that could moonlight as the Tower of Pisa.
Oh, and I love to meet new people. I’d love to meet you.