Mothers like to tell their children, “You are what you eat.” I, however, believe you are what you write. And I’m a little bit of everything.
I always knew I’d be a writer. My first grade teacher predicted it. So did my mother. Sure, there were moments when I wanted to be an architect, or a lawyer, or a professional tight-rope walker — for a while, enthralled with monster movies, I even wanted to be a professional vampire — but inevitably, I always returned to words.
Although I grew up in Denver, I’ve lived my adult life in Chicago, where I’ve spent more than two decades building my career as a freelance writer, editor and journalist.
I specialize in feature writing for consumer and business publications — both print and digital — including newspapers, magazines and websites. I’m a subject-matter expert in technology, environmental sustainability, small business, association management, entertainment, travel, food and social justice — including gender and racial politics and LGBTQ+ issues — although I’ve written articles about subjects as diverse as classic cars, food science, personal finance, project management and Beanie Babies. (You read that right: Beanie Babies.)
I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where I studied magazine journalism, and a master’s degree in creative nonfiction writing, also from Northwestern. I live on the Northwest Side of Chicago with my goofy and lovable Boston terrier, Tilly.