“Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.” — Stephen King

When I attended journalism school at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the late 1980’s, I was full of dreams – dreams of becoming a hard news reporter; dreams of breaking stories that would change the world, or at least the part of the world that I chose to call home; dreams of a long career as an award-winning journalist.

And I had big ideas about the power of the written word.

Some of those dreams came true. I became a hard news reporter for a time. I was assigned the cops and courts beat at a couple of different newspapers. I wrote about murders and assaults and missing and abused kids. I covered death penalty trials and was present when a jury chose to send a man to the electric chair. Hard. News.

I broke a few stories. I won a couple of awards.

I also fell in love, got married, moved and began having children. I believe dreams change to match blessings. Mine did.

Now, three kids and more than two decades of marriage and work experience later, I’m still writing.

And I still believe in the power of written word.

These days, I am a freelance writer and strategic communications specialist. I have combined my decades of experience as a print journalist and public relations professional into a boutique communications business through which I serve a gamut of clients in the healthcare, financial services, biotech, law enforcement/emergency services and education industries. I help these clients communicate with their internal and external audiences. I also continue to write for newspapers, magazines and blogs and I am trying my hand at fiction.

P.S. Stephen King is my all-time favorite word slinger.

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