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All About Me

Who am I?

A portrait

I have been a freelance, non-fiction writer since 1997, when I moved to Urbana, Illinois. Before that I worked for a decade in university public relations. I write about interesting people doing unusual things. That list includes, so far, an astronaut, archaeologist, male midwife, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, several novelists, a photographer, an architect and a woman who founded a summer camp for foster siblings. I feel especially at home among scientists, having come from a family full of them!

My personal essays have appeared in Mary Englebreit Home Companion, and Indy’s Child. My feature stories have run in Illinois Times, the University of Illinois Alumni Magazine and Washington University Alumni Magazine.

I am a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Why hire me?

I have experience: I’ve been writing professionally for 25 years, more than 15 of them as a freelance.

I bring a fresh perspective to your project, enhanced by my diverse projects and personal interests. I bring an outsider’s perspective, often key to successful projects.

I write clearly, quickly and accurately. No matter how well designed your piece, well-written copy is key to effective communication.

I have flexibility: Need something done quickly? Have a long-term project you need help with? I am at your service.

I am easy to work with. I am easy to reach, meet my deadlines and enjoy working closely with my clients.

You could do the writing, but you are too busy with your regular responsibilities. Good writing takes time, time that you don’ t have.

You know exactly what you want and need but don’t know how to get there. My experience will help you solve your communication needs.

You are not sure just what you need. Again, I can help you focus and define your message.


University of Illinois
Illinois Alumni Magazine
Beckman Institute
Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
College of Business
College of Medicine
Department of Geology
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
School of Engineering
School of Chemical Sciences
Biotechnology Center
Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security program
Institute for Labor and Industrial Relations
Office of Publications
Office of Academic Policy Analysis
University Office of Public Affairs
University of Illinois Foundation
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Washington University in St. Louis
School of Medicine
Alumni Magazine
Arts and Sciences newsletter
Law School Magazine
Carle Foundation Hospital
University of San Diego ~ Hahn School of Nursing
Wolfram Research
National Endowment for the Arts

Read more writings in my features, essays or books