I grew up in a north suburb of Chicago. After receiving a journalism degree at Marquette University, I got my first job at Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago. After ten years there, I couldn’t get to where I wanted to be in the agency business, so I reinvented myself and turned to the banking industry. Then, after another ten years, I realized I wasn’t a banker, so I quit and started to write, finding inspiration from my years in Chicago, and San Francisco and putting to use my knack for writing good descriptive scenery, an ear for dialogue, and experience in human interaction.
Under the Birch Tree started out as an unintended autobiography. I wanted memoir. After ten years of self-studying the art of memoir, other memoirists’ work and rewriting my book to keep pace with my new knowledge, I realized I had a universal theme, simply stated. My journey through reflections and takeaways yielded a completed memoir.
My essay, “I Called You a Memoir,” was a contest winner in The Magic of Memoir. Other essays and blog posts have appeared in thememoirnetwork.com, thediarybank.com, shewrites.com, whirlwindreview.com and other local publications.
I am a volunteer ESL tutor where I find the English language humbling and the instruction of it rewarding.
My husband and I enjoy traveling, cooking fine dinners, and chasing our beagles in circles.