Words are my currency: I parlay words into articles; I coax words from those I interview; and I weave words into stories in my fiction.
"All serious daring starts from within" -- Eudora Welty
Yep, that's me on the trapeze. Nothing conquers fear like just daring and that's something I've tried to embody in my life and in my career.
I'm originally from New Orleans, which means I learned that hard work should be in service of hard play and not work for its own sake. I've tried to bring a sense of play to every job I've ever had. With a journalism degree from Marquette University and a serious case of Woodward-Bernstein envy, I started as a reporter with the Associated Press. I learned to write quickly and concisely. A move to D.C. flipped me from hack to flack and I headed up p.r. departments at The Humane Society of the United States, The American Society for Training and Development, The American Psychological Association, and The American Diabetes Association. After a stint at Vanguard Communications, where I oversaw a federal contract on children's mental health, I moved to Charleston, SC, to write, to eat, to reflect...and to find the next adventure.
My writing adventures have me trying to find an agent (know anyone?) for my first novel, a mystery. I'm a freelancer and my byline's been in Charleston's Post and Courier, Local Palate, Edible Charleston, and HealthLinks Magazine, among others. I have two monthly columns for Skirt Charleston -- one on food and one on nonprofits. I'm a blogger: my lifestyle blog is, "Stilettos Not Required," and I'm the relationship/sex blogger for Charleston Magazine's Grit, "What's Love Got to Do With It?" . And I'm a podcaster. My 30-minute weekly interview podcast for over-50s is called "Keep it Juicy!" and my love of food has led me to start a column and a podcast called, "Hidden F&B," celebrating the hidden heroes in the food and beverage scene.
I'm also the secretary of the Charleston chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, so my interest in food and beverage is more than casual! But, with a start in New Orleans and a family that counts its memories by meals, what choice do I have?