My path to becoming a ghostwriter and specialist in memoirs was built on powerful curiosity.
I did best whenever a subject was fascinating, so my interests drove my course choices. A highly eclectic mix of university work included marketing, advertising, journalism, social sciences with an emphasis on history, and tons of literature, from classic to contemporary. I was accepted into English graduate studies and hired as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
I taught high school English overseas in the Peace Corps, then stateside. I scored in the 98th percentile on the CBEST test of subject knowledge, writing and teaching ability, and in the 100th percentile on a Praxis test for English skills.
I took up freelance journalism, landing articles in Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, California Business, Oregon Magazine, the Eugene Register-Guard, and Mother Jones, among many others.
I served as Editor in Chief of a marketing-driven magazine publisher in Los Angeles, and also became the company’s Director of Corporate Communications, responsible for ad copy and other marketing materials. I won a Maggie Award (Western Association of Magazine Publishers) as editor of the best magazine in its class.
I have written eight books for major publishing houses, including two New York Times best sellers, one San Francisco Chronicle best seller, and one book nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award.
I have also written, contributed to, edited, and doctored numerous other books.
In addition, I’ve created editorial, advertising, and marketing materials for entities such as Time Warner, the Los Angeles Olympic Festival, philanthropist Sheila Johnson, and a select portfolio of boutique Central Coast winemakers.
I’m a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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