I began my journalism career in 1995 as a reporter for a Seattle-area weekly newspaper. A move to Portland, Ore. led to a slight diversion, and I found myself composing press releases, newsletter articles and ad copy instead of the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative pieces I had always dreamed of writing (a dream I have long since gotten over).
In 2002, I decided to leverage my diverse background by becoming a freelance writer, something that had been in the back of my mind since I first heard the term "query letter" from a professor in one of my journalism classes at Western Washington University.
Now, I spend my days pitching editors, talking shop with other freelancers and writing everything from catalog copy and business profiles to articles on health, healthcare, fashion, veterinary medicine and weddings. I'm also writing my first children's story and working on other creative projects.
After putting the final touches on a day's work, I enjoy reading, cooking, running and volunteering for charitable organizations. I live near Portland with my husband Carl and our cat Lucy.