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I’ve been devoted to being a writer since third grade, when one of my poems was published in the Mother of Good Counsel School newspaper.  I saw my work in print and was hooked.  Still am…

However, when I headed off to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, my parents were concerned that, as only a writer, I would be “homeless and live in a gutter.”

Too unsure of my talent to take a stand, I floundered, changing my major from “non-writing this” to “non-writing that,” until I finally settled on pursuing public relations, a career in which I could not only write, but also be gainfully employed.  Very practical…

With a bachelor’s degree in speech communication/public relations, I’ve specialized in the marketing of giant-screen/IMAX® theaters and films, writing everything from press releases to website copy to National Science Foundation proposals.  Also, I’ve written many freelance magazine articles focused on the giant-screen industry.

But, while I’ve enjoyed all of the writing—and even loved some of it—I’ve always wanted to write books instead.  So, when I turned forty, I decided that, rather than have a clichéd mid-life crisis, I would pursue my writing dream:  I started to blog here and began writing a memoir.  (To learn more about my memoir, Being Brave, click on My Memoir.)

At long last, I am what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I’m a writer, only a writer.  And, as a bonus, because of my previous, practical career, I live in an actual house outside Chicago, Illinois, with my husband, twenty-two- and twenty-year-old stepsons, and eleven- and six-year-old sons.