I love lists.
Seattle is my current home, but I’m an avid traveler and have taken my two kids all over the world.
I have a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Washington; I formerly worked as a public librarian and at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. From the library field, I bring experience in serving readers as they seek to answer questions and resolve problems, ultra-fast research skills, interests in a wide range of topics, and the theoretical and practical applications of search engine optimization (SEO). In other words, your SEO pages could be readable and relatable.
At 32, I started writing. When I was growing up, adults always told me I couldn’t make a living in writing, but to be fair… back then, I mostly wrote weird poems.
Backpacker published my first national piece — on how to survive a fall into a raging river.
Freelance journalism and copywriting is the perfect job. Daily, I’m learning something new from fascinating interview subjects; helping readers with real-world challenges; telling people about truly cool services, products and programs; translating challenging financial and medical information into everyday language; and finding new, faster, cheaper and better strategies for life.
My ideal clients are those who put the reader/customer first, appreciate humor, and look for unconventional and surprising angles. They understand the of appeal of simple explanations on complex topics, without the jargon or wordy fluff.
They also like lists, but they don’t HAVE to like lists.
I really love what I write about — money/personal finance, education, health, travel — and I love my clients, most of whom I’ve worked with for years.
I won a Northwest Excellence in Journalism award and numerous Parenting Publications of America awards. A battle-hardened editor once told me that no one cares about awards except the award-winners…but perhaps he had never won any awards.