I like stories with an edge, and I’m willing to go anywhere to find them. I’ve trekked through the Amazon with a tribal shaman, rappelled down the face of an arctic glacier, tracked gorillas in Uganda and played elephant polo in India.
All About the Spin
It's the angle that makes a story sing. I like to slant articles in an off-beat way. A story on the history of Korea, for example, might revolve around a taste of kimchi, the country's national dish.
I’ve created custom magazines and books for some of the world’s largest cruise lines, airlines and resorts. Nothing motivates me more than taking an idea and turning it into reality.
Going for the Juggler
At Virginia Commonwealth University I majored in journalism with a focus on magazine management and production. I’ve been fortunate to have been able to put that degree to good use. As editorial director of two publishing houses, I’ve honed my ability to multitask, sometimes editing as many as a dozen publications in a single day.
Several of the titles that bear my byline have been books for hire. I love the challenge of researching and quickly producing just the sort of book my publisher has in mind.
One of the things I love about journalism is that it gives me opportunities to meet fascinating people and learn about all sorts of subjects. I enjoy researching articles and finding just the right folks to interview.
In Love with Language
Make every word count. That’s the best advice I could give any would-be writer. To paint a memorable word picture you’ve got to appreciate nuance and connotation. Good writing is all about finding just the right words.
I don’t peddle reprints. I tailor every piece to the publication in which it will appear. ,
In my universe there’s only one excuse for missing a deadline. That's a lesson I learned well during my 10 years as a reporter for several metropolitan daily newspapers. From time to time I may have to work around the clock, but I always cross the finish line before the clock stops ticking.