I am an award-winning columnist and seasoned freelance writer with over 25 years experience in both fiction and nonfiction, including short stories, essays, humor, how-to’s, and parenting issues. I also write for children ranging in age from five through teens.
My work for adults has appeared in Readers’ Digest, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Woman’s World, Ladies Home Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Christian Home and School and Baby Talk. In addition I write frequently for parenting magazines around the nation, including Connecticut County Kids, Connecticut Parent, Pittsburgh Parent, Atlanta Parent, L A Parent, Chicago Parent, etc.
My true passion, however, is writing for children. My essays for middle school children have been in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love and Friendship and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Growing Up: Stories about Growing Up, Meeting Challenges, and Learning from Life.
Oddey the Owl is my first children’s book and tells the true story of Oddey, a special needs owl, who was found on a barn floor after being tossed out of his nest by his siblings. Oddey was not like any other barn owl. Other owls catch mice for dinner. Oddey was afraid of mice! He was also afraid of the dark, so he had to sleep with a night light on!
Other stories and articles of mine have appeared in Boys’ Life and for many state standardized testing books, including Measuring Up to the New York State Learning Standards, Measuring Up to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, among others.
Another passion of mine is helping aspiring writers see their own work get published. To that end, I teach private classes, one-on-one sessions and through my local continuing education program.