Born to Read
As a child growing up in the 60s what I remember most was our house was full of books. From Byron, to Aristotle, to the World Book Encyclopedia. Of course, my father being an English teacher and my mother a librarian, how could I avoid books? I spent countless hours sitting on the upper staircase of the New Castle Public Library reading while I waited for my mother to get off work. I read kids books like the Dr. Seuss and Madeline series, but I also read thought-provoking works like James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time which, believe it or not, was recommended to me by the library janitor.
Having a famous writer in the family didn’t hurt either. My cousin Virginia was always the topic of conversation at the family reunion in Yellow Springs, and when I showed her some of my early work (I was 14) she told me to write what I know. How far back has that advice been given? :-) Anyway, I was never discouraged even though my writing career took off in a different direction.
TV & The Internet
In 1985, I moved to television and for the next eight years I reported on health, education and family issues. Becoming an author was still in the back of my mind I just never seemed to have time. ☺ Then in 1996 I became the first DC-based web producer for the newly-created MSNBC.com. The Internet was brand spanking new and there was so much to learn! I stayed with NBC for four more years then moved to the Discovery Channel where I learned even more about online news and reporting. It was at Discovery Health that I resumed my creative writing career. I was working on a new section of the site called Love & Relationships and we needed content. So I wrote many feature stories about women’s interests, which led to my first self-published, self-help book, Desperate Dating (OUT OF PRINT). The photo Gallery on the right highlights the tour of my first book.