My passion is history with a twist. I look for off-the-grid stories from America's past--that is, stories about famous or obscure people and places where an unfamiliar detail or unexpected anecdote is tucked into the tale. Stories with delicious bits of revelation that linger in a reader's mind long after reaching "the end."
As for me, I fumbled into journalism world while working for Cornell Extension where I wrote a regular column on public education for a local Gannett newspaper. The gig drew a loyal following of three: my mother, a cousin, and my boss. My columnist days were short-lived but my enthusiasm for writing took off. That was in 2006, and already I'd had a few careers--special education teacher, counselor, trainer, nonprofit agency executive, college instructor, community educator and organizer.
In 2008, my first feature-length magazine article appeared in the regional publication, Life in the Finger Lakes. Since then, my words and photos have been published in Plank Road Magazine, [H]istory Channel Magazine, History Magazine, American History Magazine, and America’s Civil War. Recently, I secured an assignment from Smithsonian Air&Space, scheduled for publication in 2018.
Writing fiction satisfies my love of quirky coincidences and oddly behaved people without having to rely on fact. My short stories and prose poems have been featured in print and online publications such as Everyday Fiction, Long Story Short, Lady Ink Magazine, Stories for All Seasons: An Anthology, and Foundling Review.
My off-the-grid surprise? I once danced with the Washington Regional Ballet Company but I hung up my toe shoes when I learned to make--and eat--killer lasagna.
Then, the AWARDS. In fifth grade, I received the highly prestigious President’s Award for Physical Fitness by out- running, jumping, ball-throwing and rope climbing all the other girls in my school. Impressed? I know! Okay, I have yet to win a thing for my writing but my mother still has faith in me. Thanks, mom.
Finally, yes, like thousands of writers around the globe, I'm working on a book project--a nonfiction tale of the tragic affair between the most famous American Indian of the Jazz Era and a fabulously wealthy California socialite. With sex, drugs, money, Hollywood movie stars, and a suspect death in a mansion library, this story is a honey. Stay tuned.
Oops, credentials. I have some: a Master’s degree from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. I'm a member of the invitation-only ASJA-American Society of Journalists and Authors, a certified mother of three grown children, Aaron, Nathan and Marian, Nonni to Amira, and until my husband's death in 2016, an erratic pastor's wife.