When you are a writer, you don't need to explain to other writers how you got started. It is in your marrow, and most writers know that this is what they are (as opposed to what they "do") from a ridiculously young age, that age when all the adults around you nod politely after they have asked what you want to be when you grow up, and you reply, "A writer," and they try to dissuade you and say things like, "Wouldn't you rather be a teacher, or a nurse, or [if they are politically correct and trying to be gender neutral] an astronaut?" But you know that you will never be anything else. You may "do" other things, but what you are is immutable.
But one has to pay the bills, so I figured a BA in Written Communication, and an MA in Technical Writing would be the way to ensure a regular paycheck. I have been a professional writer since 1988, having worked as a technical writer for the nuclear, software, and automotive industries. I have also worked in advertising, PR, and marketing, and as a freelance journalist. My work has been published in local and regional newspapers and magazines. I have over 16 years experience teaching writing at the university level, including composition, research, business writing, technical writing, honors writing, and developmental writing. I also taught speech and presentation skills courses.
Once the bills are paid and the soul cries for its due, that's when I work on three young adult novels and a picture book that beg for my attention. I am also the former editor of The Mitten, the official newsletter of the Michigan SCBWI chapter.
Member since 2004
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