Bachelor of Journalism
Masters of Education
Certification in English, Journalism, and Reading Specialist K-12
International Literacy Association
Romance Writers of America
Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
2010 Linda Howard Award of Excellence
Who am I?
After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, I worked for more than two decades in television news, both on camera and behind the scenes. It's a fascinating, exciting business. However, I've always loved making up my own stories rather than reporting the stories of others. So, I changed gears and began teaching English. The altered pace allowed me to ramp up my love of writing fiction.
When I'm not writing or teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son on our small farm in North Carolina. In addition to a menagerie of animals, we have an ever expanding garden of fruits, flowers, and vegetables.
What is TEA?
Teach: I've spent my entire career teaching in one capacity or another. As a teacher and coach of teachers of English, I can help you improve your writing and your confidence in writing in front of others. If you have questions about intertwining reading and writing instruction, I can help. Need creative ideas for a presentation to adults or children? I can assist you with that too.
Edit: I have edited everything from student essays to full-length novels with a dose of speeches, articles, and television stories in between. I bring a broad knowledge of fiction, nonfiction, journalistic, and academic writing to the table.
Let me help you put that last bit of polish on your article, paper, or manuscript with my copy editing and proofreading skills.
I am familiar with APA, MLA, Chicago Manual of Style, and Associated Press stylebooks.
Author: My very first love is in writing my own books. I am what's known as a hybrid author because in addition to placing some of my work with publishers, I also independently publish some of that material.
You'll find my books at all major online retailers and with the following publishers: Kensington, Lyrical, and The Wild Rose Press.