A professional writer for almost 30 years, I have penned everything from newspaper articles and blog content to restaurant menus, from novels to a press release for Clown College.
Basically, I can write anything.
My wide and varied experience includes such topics as corporate communications, the arts, paint and coatings, real estate, the fire service, grammar, writing and literature, research, book reviews, and publishing. An award-winning journalist, my work has appeared in several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including the Chicago Tribune, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, Naperville Magazine, and Fresh Fiction. Click here to read some of these pieces.
I also spent more than 10 years editing magazines, as well as with working with freelance clients, including Team PHenomenal Hope, Convero, Inc., the National Safety Council, Leyden Township, and several small start-ups. My blog, Bibliophilic Blather, features Editing for Grammarphobes every Wednesday with helpful grammar tips to improve everyone's daily writing, whether for articles, blog posts, books, or even emails.
After my second son was born, I took some time off to be a stay-at-home mother, during which I ended up writing three novels, a short story, and some flash fiction. A Whisper to a Scream was a 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist. Until My Soul Gets It Right was a 2013 Big Al's Books & Pals Readers' Choice Nominee. A Groovy Kind of Love was a 2015 Chicago Writers' Association Book of the Year Nominee and a 2015 Big Al's Books & Pals Readers' Choice Nominee. All three, along with my short story, "A Bibliophile Christmas," were Amazon bestsellers.
As a writer of women's fiction, I have a keen interest in the stories of women, both fictional and true. Over the years, I've written several blog posts that explore and honor those who have gone before us, from our literary mothers to the Suffragettes to powerful leaders of tribes and countries. But, as the Bibliophiles books point out, it's also in our everyday actions where I think women can change the world.
Here are a few of those blogs.
International Women's Day
A Literary Founding Mother
Learning from the Masters: Virginia Woolf
The Power of Words: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Boudicca: The Warrior Queen
Feminism is Not a Bad Word
Happy Birthday, Miss Austen
“...fearless truthfulness...” — Publishers Weekly
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Listen to my radio interview with Chicago's own
Dolly McCarthy. Fast forward to minute 14:50.