Actually, I’m a Dallas-based freelance writer, editor, mother of two boys (ages 18 and 21), wife of my high school sweetheart (one of them at least). It’s true though. I do type.
I’m writing a book with a friend called Beer Pong & Baby Pictures: Honoring and surviving your son’s last year of high school. I also started a political blog a few days after the November 2016 elections called PantsuitRiot. My paid gigs are as senior editor for the International News Media Association, occasional commentator for The Dallas Morning News and our local NPR affiliate (KERA 90.1), and feature writer for magazines like D Magazine, Child, Texas Monthly, Southern Living, Dallas/Fort Worth Child, as well as the daily digital magazine CultureMap Dallas. I spent 18 months as a contract content editor for Empower African Children (organizing blog posts and social media efforts), loving every minute of it. I just finished a 13-month stint as the communications director for a local state house candidate, Brandy K. Chambers — and may have found my new calling.
I graduated from Baylor University (an unlikely fit that left me with mostly positive memories) with a double major in journalism/poli sci. After working at a small newspaper near Dallas, I headed to Florida where I worked for slightly larger newspapers (Fort Pierce Tribune, The Stuart News), a hip alternative magazine (iCE magazine), a large metropolitan newspaper (Sun-Sentinel), then set out in the winter of 1994 with a backpack and two friends to travel Europe for six months.
I haven’t had a full-time job since.
Freelance journalism seems to be on the rise, thankfully, after a few years of writing more than my fair share of stories about locksmiths (wish I were kidding). So I’m happily balancing it all — work, family, friends, and a love affair with Africa spawned from a 2008 trip to Rwanda. Or at least I’m trying to.
Please feel free to email me with interesting work assignments or just to say hello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now, back to the keyboard.