JOURNALIST / AUTHOR
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As a storyteller, I love writing about anything that might change
someone's life for the better or at least brighten someone's day.
It's been an honor to write about culinary, architecture, travel, animals,
entertainment and design / build for dozens of magazines and major daily
newspapers over the past 22 years. My freelance clients have included
these and other fine publications and companies: Southern Living,
Living Luxe Magazine, Plate Magazine, Forbes Travel, OpenTable,
Washington Post travel, Los Angeles Times travel, South Magazine,
Restaurant Insider, Bespoke Concierge Magazine, Florida Weekly,
Lowes Home Improvement, Garden of Life, Plate Perfect, and a wide
array of healthcare, wellness, entertainment and food service providers.
I am humbled to have interviewed many of the world's most notable
personalities. They have included the king of interviewers himself Larry King,
superstars Ziggy Marley, Rashad Jennings, Kenny Chesney, Jane Pauley,
Sammy Hagar, Tim Tebow, explorer and "Titanic" discoverer Robert Ballard,
Mark Ballas, Amanda Booz, Tommy DiDario, Michael Bolton, Denise Austin,
Oscar de la Renta, Walt Wiley, Brian Urlacker, The Spinners, David Nail;
design geniuses Colin Cowie, Jeffrey Beers, Robert Courterier and Carlton
Varney, celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Wylie Dufresne, Thomas Keller,
Daniel Boulud, Michelle Bernstein, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger,
Christina Tosi and Tony Mantuano; members of rock bands Foreigner and
Chicago; cast members of ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘Xanadu: the Musical’, ‘Les
Miserables’, Cirque du Soleil; and, bestselling authors James Grippando,
Sandra Brown, Heather Graham, Robert Dugoni, James Maccomber, Dakota Banks, Kathy Reichs, Alexandra Sokoloff, Tim Hallinan, Vicki Pettersson, J.D. Rhoades, Shane Gericke, Mario Acevedo, Michelle Gagnon, Kristin Harmel, Kathleen Antrim, Steve Berry, Rip Gerber, Tim Maleeny and David Angsten among others.
Everything I do is fueled by a desire to help neglected and abused animals. In helping these creatures who cannot advocate for themselves, I feel I'm answering God's call for my life's purpose. I especially love to connect people, fundraise for worthy rescues and help with fostering and rehabilitate animals to prepare them for placement in forever homes.
I've been bringing home stray animals since childhood, but it was a very special horse named Star Dancer who inspired me to become involved in equine rescue. Pasture pets are my favorite animals. When I met Star Dancer, my life forever changed. She remained with me as long as she could on this earth, longer than she should have stayed and I am forever grateful for that blessing.
Like Star Dancer, senior animals have a special place in my heart and I currently provide a loving and safe place for several of them to live out their golden years here with me.
SHARING THE CRAFT OF WRITING
One of my passions is helping young writers discover and hone their own writing skills. I teach writing workshops, including having been a summer instructor at the University of North Carolina, Asheville for middle-grade students. Through civic and community centers, I try to give back by donating time to speak about careers in writing to at-risk youth organizations.
INTERNSHIPS & MEMBERSHIPS
Over the years I've helped many aspiring writers launch their own careers. My internships meet college graduation credit requirements. To apply, send a message with a brief cover letter and resume pasted in the body of this form with your contact information.
I'm a member of the North Carolina Writer’s Network, the North Carolina Writer’s Workshop and support the Author’s Guild, International Thriller Writers Association and Alliance of Independent Authors, all outstanding examples of what it means to love reading and writing.
It's a pleasure to be counted among the Simon and Schuster family of authors. I've helped write more books for my freelance clients than for myself, serving as the as-told-to writer of record on numerous non-fiction titles for prominent executives and influential personalities.