My books are my most prized possessions. They are my friends, safety nets, tickets to new worlds, and greatest nightmares. They inspire me, nurture me, challenge me, break me, and fascinate me. The world itself is an endless spiral of stories if you dare to look.
I have been making up stories in my head for as long as I can remember, but I don’t always write them down. I actually started writing for a newspaper, and the combination of using the power of words to catalyze social change completely enveloped me. I continued to write for newspapers, magazines, and Web sites for many years, earning a journalism degree and then a Master’s degree in writing. Now, I write and edit a news service, communicating medical breakthroughs that have the potential to make people’s lives better (while combating science illiteracy). I have my own projects as well – fiction adventure stories, a memoir, and essays about my travels.
I loved words and stories so much I wanted to share them with others, to help them better communicate their own ideas and to appreciate the role literature of all kinds plays in our lives. To that end, I teach in the English department at a community college, mostly introductory composition and literature courses but occasionally a creative writing or advanced literature course. I love talking about writing all day, and getting to experience it all again for the first time through my students.