about me

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I grew up in a small town north of Chicago, near the shore of Lake Michigan. Deerfield in the sixties and seventies was marked by four corners where I learned about home and about making connections to it. They would later become subjects in my blog posts and other works as we all yearn to find our places to be. I went on to earn a journalism degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee where I wanted nothing else but an opportunity to write mini stories and use photos and video to show and not tell. I got my first job at Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago and a rare chance for a right-out-of-college grad to see how a large, successful ad agency works. But after working in ad agencies for ten years, getting to where I wanted to be would not happen. I used transferrable skills and turned to international banking where after another ten years, I admitted I was never a banker. So, I quit and started to write, finding inspiration from my years living in Chicago and in San Francisco.

My essays have appeared in The Magic of Memoir, Inspiration for the Writing Journey, Illinois’ Emerging Writers, the memoirnetwork.com, the Chicago Writers Association Write City and Brevity blogs, and Adelaide Literary Magazine. I am also a contributor to shewrites.com. My debut memoir, Under the Birch Tree, was published in 2018.

1077083_10200672165780584_321454005_oMy husband and I enjoy traveling, cooking fine dinners, and chasing our beagles in circles.

MEMBERSHIPS

Chicago Writers Association

National Association of Memoir Writers

The Memoir Network

She Writes

Off Campus Writers’ Workshop