I’ve been creating stories for 25 years. Born and bred in Kentucky, I started working right out of college for CBS News in New York City. One September morning, I took the train to Washington, D.C. and I’ve been here ever since. I worked in television then, but after seven years of the 24/7 on-call lifestyle, I went back to school at Georgetown University, where I read big thoughts of great writers, and earned a Master’s degree in Humanities. During my studies, I found my way to National Geographic where I became a staff writer for their magazine.
My personal and professional travels have taken me from the Pacific Ocean’s floor in a submersible called Alvin to the top the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. I’ve trekked through rice paddies in Indonesia, SCUBAed for underwater treasures in Eastern Europe, had tea in the Sahara and visited a thousand places in between. I love seeing the world, but more than that, I love to hear stories of the fascinating people and creatures in it.
I’ve covered politics and presidential campaigns as well as archaeology, marine biology, and cultural anthropology stories all over the planet. Despite delays and cramped seating, airplanes are exciting to me because they usually indicate a door opening to a new adventure. My writing has appeared in Reader’s Digest, where I was the National Affairs Reporter, The Washington Post, the New York Times, Arlington magazine, AARP Bulletin, Trust, George, and in the anthology A Woman’s Europe. I’ve written three NYT bestsellers: Safari, Ocean, and Polar, a regional bestseller 97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You, and a self-published book Mama Tricks.
These days, I have many jobs. I’m a full-time writer with an office in Washington, D.C. that I rarely see; a full-time mother of two teens, three rescue cats, and a very opinionated bulldog; and most recently, a wine consultant for the best clean-crafted wine on the planet. I also try to be a friend who listens and a wife who still dates her husband, not to mention a neighbor who prioritizes getting together with the folks down the street and share a nice Chardonnay.