Storytelling became the focus of my life when I became a newspaper reporter in Winston-Salem, NC. With a notebook in hand, I listened to people talk about their lives, I heard the differences in each voice, and I learned how lives can turn on a moment, or how change can develop over decades. I learned that stories are a vital way of understanding each other.
State and national awards came my way for newspaper stories about people and their lives over six years on daily and weekly staffs.
Later, I wrote for organizations like Crisis Control Ministries and a student-loan processing company. I found the human story in assignments for non-profit organizations and large businesses.
My path changed when I began ghostwriting for publications as large as Guideposts Magazine, with a circulation of three million. In addition to some of my own stories, I told the stories for people who rehabilitated wildlife, crusaded for campus safety, and experienced personal change that altered their viewpoints. I also developmentally edited the full-length life story of a woman who was a pioneer in the real estate business in the 1960s.
A few years ago, I dug into the craft of writing fiction with some of the best writers in the country and earned an MFA in Fiction from Warren Wilson College’s Program in Writing.
One thing never changes: Stories help me to make sense of the world, and I continue to find new ones to tell.