When fellow students at the University of Missouri School of Journalism found out I was from California they immediately labeled me as “cool” but that was before I could say, California, Missouri. “Oh,” was usually their response. I went on to live in New York and St. Louis, where I had my own public relations business and did political consulting. I wrote stories on crime and the arts for the Riverfront Times and St. Louis Magazine. I also worked on the sets of movies shot in St. Louis like King of the Hill, directed by Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh, and was a member of the advisory board for the St. Louis International Film Festival.
Eventually, I did move move to Los Angeles, and for 11 years worked as a freelance journalist covering entertainment for publications like the Los Angeles Times, Variety and Emmy Magazine. As a contributing writer for Creative Screenwriting and Script, I wrote a series of articles about many high profile writer/producers of quality dramas such as “Dexter,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Justified.” I’ve also written numerous screenplays and original television drama pilots, one about an entertainment reporter in Hollywood who moves home and goes to work at the hometown newspaper, and this was way before I actually did it.
Two years ago I moved back to Mid-Missouri, a place that’s part of my DNA. I spent summers at friends’ cabins at the Lake of the Ozarks and my mom worked in Jefferson City while she was raising my brother and sister and I. In a way my life has come full circle. Now I’m writing about the people of this area and exploring what is at once familiar but also unknown.
An avid reader, I also enjoy watching movies and television shows like Homeland, The Americans and True Detectives. When I need to zone out, I can cozy up to my two male tomcats and watch cooking shows or Investigation Discovery. My nephew and I also love to watch movies together and he likes to eat what I cook.
I love the arts, to communicate and collaborate with other creative talents. At the end of the day, I’m a storyteller and no matter where I am physically I’m drawn to finding compelling subjects to share with others.