My becoming a ghostwriter and specialist in memoirs was built on powerful curiosity.
I was easily bored in school, and focused more on sketching custom cars than daily lessons, but I did my best whenever a subject was fascinating. In college, my interests drove my course choices — a super-eclectic mix that included tons of literature from classic to contemporary, plus marketing, advertising, journalism, and all flavors of the social sciences. During English graduate studies I became a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
I taught high school English overseas in the Peace Corps, then stateside, where I scored 98th percentile on the CBEST test of subject knowledge, writing and teaching ability, and 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, creating ad copy and other marketing materials. I won a Maggie Award (Western Association of Magazine Publishers) for Best Magazine in its Class.
I have written several books for major publishing houses, including two New York Times best sellers, one San Francisco Chronicle best seller, and one nominee 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 winemakers.
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