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I spent half my life raising a family and occupying jobs like:

  1. Custom Framer
  2. Childcare worker
  3. Health club membership salesperson
  4. Group fitness instructor
  5. Salon manager
  6. Social media assistant
  7. Social media community manager
  8. Show producer
  9. Mentor

Through it all, writing was there.

Writing has been there, in fact, since the fifth grade when I started my first novel in a bright blue Mead spiral notebook. Although I never finished that book (thank goodness), I did eventually publish two: Remembering Ruby: For Families Living Beyond the Loss of a Pet and Chicken in the Car and the Car Won’t Go: Nearly 200 Ways to Enjoy Chicagoland with Tweens and Teens. I’ve been a freelance writer since 2006 and a blogger since October 2007.

I’ve been working on many things full time for the last six years, but all of those came to an end in the summer of 2017. My husband Jim and I are living as empty nesters in Knoxville, Tennessee, recently relocated after being in Chicagoland (my hometown) for the last twenty-five years, and I’m working on figuring out what my next “thing” will be. In the meantime I’m traveling, working on home projects, and even cooking dinner now and then.

Whatever comes next, writing will be there; I’m sure of it.