The written word is my everything. I wrote my first mystery short stories at age 7, because I wanted to write like Agatha Christie. Even though I wasn't a woman, nor even British (I grew up in New Jersey).
I wrote my first songs then too. And poems. And my first (and only) in-house newspaper ("in-house" meaning I wrote it in my house, about stuff going on in my house, and "only" because, well, what else was there to say, really?).
In high school I wrote my first novel, a 35,000-word detective story set in Hartford. Where I had never been. Which explains part of the reason you've never seen it on the shelves.
In my 20s I did the film school thing (save your money) and met the girl I'm still with today. I wrote several short screenplays and a couple feature scripts and worked in the movie industry for a short spell. My biggest credit was as a member of the off-set crew for the 1994 film "IQ."
But the movies weren't for me after all, so I moved into doing television and video before I found journalism.
In 10 years as a newspaper journalist I've written more than 4,000 published pieces. Some of them won some nice awards, even.
But you know those stories in which someone is separated from his childhood sweetheart, moves away, and spends years with someone perfectly nice, only to realize he's still in love with that girl from grade school?
Yeah, that's me. Creative writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, is my true love. But I am grateful for my time as a working journalist. Writing news stories and features and columns and everything else, day after day for years, has honed my understanding of the written word to an edge sharp enough to cut a steel pipe.
And it has taught me that even love cannot survive without effort. Writing is a relationship, you see. A partnership. Sometimes glorious, sometimes sexy, sometimes maddening as hell. To make it work takes work. But damn if it isn't worth it.
You love writing like I do. Deep in your bones. And I can feel your energy. Your passion. Your drive to take your writing where it belongs -- into the world.
I know and have done every kind of writing. I have edited business books and fantasy novels, short stories and screenplays and stage plays.
I can help you develop your characters, your plot, even your very idea. Or I could just be that last pair of eyes before you send your manuscript to the publisher.
Drop me a line and let's talk. And let's get to work.
"You are fantastic. I get more on one page from you that I can connect with than all the books I've plowed through so far." ~ Constance Wilder Wokoun, author, The Tale Not Told