I started my writing career over 25 years ago sort of by accident. When I was in college, I studied history because I am a giant history nerd. I had some vague notions of going into teaching. When I realized teaching would be a terrible fit for me, I knew I had to tweak my degree so I could actually get a job when I graduated. That’s when I discovered technical writing. I added a technical writing minor to my degree, completed a writing internship with a local software company, and discovered that I have a real flair for explaining how software works. Then I discovered freelance writing for magazines and I also started doing some freelance magazine writing. I’ve written articles for regional and national magazines about all sorts of topics, including caves, bats, business, and conservation.
Of course, writing a book was next
After many years of working for other companies writing technical documentation, marketing materials, and business proposals, I decided to strike out on my own. I started helping other companies craft killer marketing content as well as business documents and proposals, and I continued to write for magazines. After I started working for myself, I realized I actually had time to branch out into other writing projects that I’d always dreamed about. I completed my first book about the history of Fern Cave, one of the most significant caves in Alabama. I decided to self publish, did all of the layout and design myself, and used my marketing and social media skills to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. I raised over $5,000 to fund the editing and printing costs for my book in less than a month. The book turned out great and won a 2015 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award that recognizes excellence in book editorial and design. I am really proud of this award since it’s regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers. I went on to publish several more books under pen names, I launched a small publishing company called Rocket City Books, and I’m working on two additional books now. My current business revolves around helping authors and aspiring business writers succeed in the publishing and business writing world, as well as continuing to write content for business and magazine clients.
Live a life of adventure
When I’m not writing, I’m usually outside doing something strange like caving or backpacking. Outdoor sports are my favorite weekend activities, but there are lots of other things I also enjoy doing. I’m a book fanatic and spend much of my free time reading. My favorite genres are history, mystery, and science fiction. Some of the other more typical things I spend time on at home include gardening and cooking. I also love animals and my husband and I also seem to have a giant, invisible sign outside our house that attracts homeless pets. At one time, we had five dogs living with us. Right now, we have a house full of cats.
I’m currently working on two new books. Backpacking for Women: A Complete Beginner’s Guide, will be released in August. Historic Travel in Alabama is scheduled for release in September, just in time for the state’s 200th anniversary!
I also maintain two other websites. One encourages women to get involved in the outdoors called Live a Life of Adventure. The other is called Discover Historic Travel and provides resources and tips for travelling to historic destinations around the US.
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