I’ve been a storyteller all my life.
I love to use information, ideas, and language to entertain, educate, and inspire. I spent many childhood days writing or drawing stories inspired by pets, books, movies, and songs. One of the best ways to motivate me to do something is to say, “It will make a good story someday!”
I received my Bachelor’s degree in History at Hillsdale College. People have asked, “What do you do with a history degree?” Plenty, as it turns out!
- Write. With history, you don’t just write to convey dry information, but to tell a story of events and ideas.
- Research. History requires you to build research skills by digging into numerous sources, old and new.
- See the big picture. A study of history often involves looking at trends that develop and unfold over hundreds or even thousands of years.
- Pay attention to details. The historian is concerned not only with the big picture, but with the impact of a seemingly minuscule decision by a single individual.
And aren’t those the qualities all good writers should have?
After graduating from college, I left my native Ohio for the Washington, D.C., area, where I wrote on medical, legal, security, and financial topics at the content agency Information, Inc. There, my clients included JP Morgan, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Lab Products Association, the Center for Responsible Lending, and the Legal Marketing Association.
Eventually, I returned to Ohio, continuing to work with InfoInc. as an independent contractor, developing a reputation for dependability and flexibility with working remotely on a range of deadlines.
I independently published my first novel, Radicals and Royalists, in 2012. This fictional story of wartime politics, life, and love in 1790s England is available on Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle. My blog, the Badass Introvert, covers a variety of topics, centered especially on the powers of introversion, as well as Myers-Briggs personality types and traits.
I am now a freelance copywriter in the Toledo area, where I live with a bearded dragon, too many books, and a KitchenAid mixer. I enjoy cooking, hiking, binge-watching YouTube videos, and exploring the region’s hidden treasures.