I’m living proof you don’t have to know you want to be writer when you’re 10 years old!
My writing career started in the most unlikely of places—a town of 200 people in the mountains of N.C. Although it was years ago, I recall that day with the fiercest clarity. I'd found the Campbell Folk School, a beautiful center for art, craft, and music. The director eventually asked if I’d like to learn public relations. To be honest, I should have answered, “What’s that?” Instead, I said, “Sure,” and took to it like ink to newsprint. I wrote all kinds of things for the school: newsletters and press releases, articles and ads. Once I saw my first published article, I was hooked. I haven’t stopped writing since.
WRITER & AUTHOR
I’m proud of all the books I’ve written—18 and counting (both nonfiction and fiction). Like my Write Faster series, which includes Words at Work, How Not to Sound Stupid When You Write, and How to Tell Stories that Sell. You can read more about them by clicking on the covers above. Or you can check out all my books here.
I enjoyed writing 1,200 articles for arts and culture magazines such as Southern Living, Country Living, AmericanStyle, NICHE, Southwest Art, Yoga Journal, American Cinematographer, Arches, Chile Pepper, and Restaurants USA. Newspaper articles about art, food, and business ran in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Charlotte Observer, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and washingtonpost.com, among others.
WRITING COACH & BOOK COACH
"Your feedback on my writing is gracious, honest and empathetic. You helped me let go of outmoded ways of writing and bring my own voice to every project. Like a surgeon trying to operate on herself, I could not see this until you showed me. And because of our work together, I was able to finish a book I’ve been trying to complete for 14 years and, frankly, had given up on. It became an instant Amazon bestseller! Thank you for helping me make one of my long time dreams come true!" —Jenny Capella, author of Your Dream Team
About 15 years ago, I became a writing coach and book coach, helping others to write more effectively at work and start/finish/publish books (both nonfiction and fiction). I’ve worked with authors, entrepreneurs, and artists, as well as executives and staff from organizations such as Microsoft, Visa, Boeing, Citibank, U.S. Small Business Administration, and University of Washington. Here are just a few of the books I’ve helped clients with:
These days, when I’m not coaching—I’m writing novels in my Appalachian Mountain Mysteries series. I started writing them as a way to share amazing stories from my back-to-the-land experience in the mountains of North Carolina. I've kept writing them because of my readers. They told me they loved the characters, especially Abit Bradshaw, someone who started out in a supporting role but soon became a leading man. I've always loved a good mystery, especially in the British style where the dastardly deed is done "off stage." I don't enjoy mounting body bags and over-the-top violence, and you won't find them in my mysteries.