I've held a pen -- and then a keyboard -- in my hands since age three, and I have written professionally for newspapers, magazines, corporations and nonprofits for the past 15 years. Every assignment has been a great chance to learn something new, whether it's about the benefits of tax breaks or the effects of tamoxifen.
As a magazine writer on staff at Self, Money and Red Herring, I wrote extensively about a wide range of topics including healthcare, personal finance, psychology, small business management, technology and travel. I still write for many publications, including Bankrate, Entrepreneur, Financial Planning, MSNBC.com, Marketwatch, Money and Self. I also was a ghostwriter for a Mc-Graw Hill book on female entrepreneurs.
To get more Internet experience, I became editor of Quicken.com, a financial web site used by four million people monthly. To find out what interested readers the most, I tracked their movements on a daily basis and conducted online focus groups to get their feedback. Besides assigning and editing articles by financial writers, I wrote regular columns and newsletters for individual investors and small business owners.
All the knowledge I've gained has led me to regular corporate writing assignments. Recent clients include Intuit, Cisco Systems, and the University of California. I have worked as an editor for a custom publishing company, working with clients like Comcast and the Credit Union League of California to create magazines and newsletters for their customers. I also write marketing collateral and business strategies for nonprofit organizations.
To recharge my batteries, I play tennis, kayak, and plan my next activity-packed vacation. (The last trip was hiking the Swiss Alps, the next one is a tossup between exploring America's Deep South and Sicily -- both sound like equally exotic places to me.)