My mom taped Dr. Seuss learn-to-read flashcards on everything in our house. Refrigerator. Sofa. Floor. Door. I fell for words. Hard. Then I found out that making words is even better than reading them.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, I’ve been migrating north since childhood, and living among the Yoopers of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since the 1980s. I began my association with the Keweenaw Peninsula as a Michigan Technological University student in 1978-79, the epic winter of 355.90 inches, and then as a reporter, and then managing editor of The Daily Mining Gazette. During my tenure at the helm of the then-15,000-circulation paper, the Gazette received the 1996 Associated Press Michigan Newspaper of the Year Award, sharing honors with the Detroit News and Free Press.
During four years of two 6,000-mile circumnavigations of Eastern North America, I produced features, how-tos and travelogues for magazines—and found the inspiration for my debut novel, More Than You Think You Know , released by Beating Windward Press in 2017— a coming-of-middle-age travel thriller with a nautical spine.
After anchoring behind the Statue of Liberty, traversing the Erie Canal, and sailing the Florida Keys, husband Scott and I sailed home to Houghton. I returned to the University in 2015, both as a writer and editor with the marketing and communications department, and as a student, majoring in Communication, Culture and Media.
Sailing America’s Great Loop on a 32-foot DownEast sailboat, twice, is more similar to my current work than it might seem. Both require an open and creative mind, structure, articulation, accuracy and always looking for the next cool thing.
When I’m not busy telling Michigan Tech’s story for digital and print audiences, find me working with aspiring authors, or at work on my next novel (working title: Yoga For Smokers). A hoarder of hard-copy books and magazines, prone to social media binges, I find my Zen on the water, the yoga mat, and in the garden.
Instantaneous typo recognition (But I always get a second set of eyes on my own work, and you should, too).
Working with photographers ( Smile inducer. Willing holder of coats and equipment).
Social media obsessed. (It’s where we connect. It’s where the best stories are told and shared).