The Journal Project
For young people without a place to call home, sometimes the only outlet they have to express their feelings and cope with their circumstances is to write them down.
Please consider donating a blank journal to give to children within the foster care system. Just one blank journal can truly change a life.
Contact me directly for information on how to send a journal.
*** I am actively seeking blank journals for Christmas 2021. ***
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As a storyteller, I love writing about anything that could change someone's life for the better or at least make 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, HairClub and a wide array of healthcare, wellness, entertainment and food service providers.
I am humbled to have interviewed some of the world's most famous people. 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.
Being a freelance writer makes it easy to respond to emergent rescues at a moment's notice. Just a couple of hours can mean all the difference when it comes to providing comfort to an abused animal and between their living or dying.
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 it is among my greatest joys to provide a loving and safe place for several of them to live out their golden years, including pet chickens and dogs.
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
Via internships and apprenticeships, I have 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 and be sure include your contact information.
The North Carolina Writer’s Network, the North Carolina Writer’s Workshop, the Author’s Guild, International Thriller Writers Association and the Alliance of Independent Authors are 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.