When asked to reflect on being a writer, I often bumble about writing fiction, but also being a qualified journalist, though I don’t work as one, barring my Huff Post blog. Still I have fond memories of working as a cub newspaper reporter at The Albany Herald, USA, where I wrote the Dear Abby piece, and later freelancing for The Guardian, here in the UK, and many other papers and magazines in between.
While doing so, I enjoyed roles in the service sector as a communicator with the American Red Cross Girl Scouts of the USA and Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). Via HFHI, I began working directly with young people and travelling the world, eventually settling in London, though I still globetrot a bit.
Anyhow, here I set up and ran SDL Communications to assist charities and housing associations in communicating more effectively, before I rolled up my sleeves to focus on a little bit of this and that, mainly via fiction. One of my favourite experiences was serving as interim communications director at the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, rather bringing my communications experience full circle.
On my journey to here, I received my BA in English/Journalism from Valdosta State University, Georgia, and in 1999, my MA from the University of Westminster, London. Proudly, I have also completed advanced fiction writing courses with the Arvon Foundation and Centerprise Literature in the UK and the Hurston Wright Foundation in the US.
Now a member of the Society of Authors, I live with my husband Paul in London, where I am often inspired by a little bit of this and a lot of that, as you will discover in both my personal and Huff Post blogs, and in my fiction, too.
And well, that’s that.