Years ago, during the annual corporate torture session known as a performance review, my boss asked me, “What do you really like to do?” My answer was immediate. “Writing and editing.”
I had written for pleasure for years, and writing and editing were part of my everyday responsibilities at work.
When I left the world of corporate communication and public relations after 19 years, I decided to see if I could make a living doing those two things. I launched my own company and never looked back. I don’t earn what I did in corporate America, but I’m ever-so-much happier and living a more authentic life.
HOME: Louisville, KY
COFFEE: Black, no sugar
FAVORITE WRITERS: Erik Larson, Harper Lee, John Steinbeck, Jamie Ford, Elmore Leonard, David McCullough, Barbara Kingsolver, and many more
Speed Family Heritage Recipes
Liberty Brought Us Here: The True Story of American Slaves Who Migrated to Liberia (forthcoming in summer 2020 from University Press of Kentucky)
I have completed a nonfiction book about the colonization of Liberia, which is forthcoming from University Press of Kentucky in 2020. I have also had numerous essays and stories published. See "What I Write."
I am frequently invited to speak to writers’ groups and conferences on a range of topics. See "What I Say."
I am a full-time professional editor of book manuscripts. See www.savvy-comm.com for details about the services provided by my company, Savvy Communication LLC.
Women Who Write (former director and board member)
Talking Story Writing Group
American Copy Editors Society
Editorial Freelancers Association
International Association of Business Communicators (former board member of Kentucky chapter)
Public Relations Society of America
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation
Christian County Historical Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
Filson Historical Society
Illinois Historical Society
Kentucky Historical Society
Liberian Studies Association
BA, Communication, Pacific Lutheran University
Accredited, Public Relations Society of America
Certificate, Integrated Marketing & Communication, University of Washington