Growing up, I always had my nose in a book or a pen in my hand. “Little Women“, by Louisa May Alcott, was my first thick book and I felt proud when I received A+ on book reviews. I knew then that I’d be a writer when I grew up.
When I was 14 years old, my first job was at a local elementary school, as a summer camp counselor. I absolutely loved working with children. I continued in that position during the summers between my high school years. As a high school student, I was a staff writer on the school paper and later became co-Editor of the Entertainment section. Also, I received the Laurette Award for Writing during that time.
After that first job, I worked as a Legal Secretary for several years and then obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Assistant. Soon thereafter, I was promoted as a Legal Assistant. My legal experience helped sharpen my writing skills. Also, I found that I loved research and I had a keen eye for editing.
Once I started a family with my husband, I decided to stay home full time, while the children were young. Once they were older, I went back to work part-time. Ironically, the job is at an elementary school! I’ve come full circle and still love working with children.
My passion for writing is even stronger now as an adult. Within the last two years, I’ve taken an online editing course, as well as writer’s workshops. This inspired me to complete my first manuscript, Visibly Ever After (see excerpt). I am in the market for a reputable literary agent and am optimistic about it. I’m also having fun writing as a freelance journalist for the Plymouth and Canton Observer Newspapers.