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I was born to be a writer.

I was the 13-year-old kid with her letter to the editor printed in the Birmingham News and the teenager who edited the magazines she bought. Instead of accepting my grandmother's offer to pay all tuition for a pre-med major, I worked two part-time jobs while earning a journalism degree from Samford University. I wanted to be a corporate magazine editor, so writing a regional magazine for State Farm was a perfect match.

One of the best things about achieving our dreams is how much they can grow us, the same way a mountain – once scaled – reveals other peaks to climb. Whether taller or simply different, those other mountains beckon us into new risks and new work, and my resume is a map through positions such as corporate trainer, public relations representative, state and federal lobbyist and managing editor.

Communication planning comes naturally to me, and I wrote strategies for regional rollouts at State Farm before “strategist” became my job title. I launched strategies of all sizes, including larger projects such as organizational restructuring.

Words are my business. Let me help you build yours.

I've been a freelance writer and editor for more than a decade, and I love it. When I'm not writing for clients, you'll often find me... still writing. Drafting a novel in my spare time has taught me even more about persuasion and marketing techniques than I learned in my corporate career. Fiction is full of new ways to put words to work.

I'm also a Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese relaxation technique offered as a patient service at more than 60 U.S. hospitals* including cancer centers such as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.

Let's talk about how my skills and creativity can benefit your business.

* Washington Post, "Reiki Goes Mainstream," 5/16/2014