about me

I grew up in Deerfield, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago. I went to college at Marquette University IMG_0037#in Milwaukee, WI, to study advertising in the College of Journalism. After graduation, 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 so I turned to the banking industry. After working there for 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 cultivate my passion for reading and writing by volunteering as an ESL tutor where I find the English language humbling where instruction of it is challenging and rewarding at the same time.

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

Please contact me at nchadw@gmail.com for any comments or inquires.


Chicago Writers Association

National Association of Memoir Writers

The Memoir Network

She Writes