As an avid reader, it really makes sense that I would gravitate toward writing. Another factor could have been the fact that for much of my youth we had no television, and sometimes no electricity. Because we lived off the grid in Northern California, I enjoyed an active outdoor lifestyle, and all those adventures were creative gold.
As far back as high school, I was winning writing awards, including receiving second place for the district-wide “Real Women” essay competition. The mayor presented our awards. It really was the beginning of my interest in true life stories.
My first experience of college English was delivered by an ex-journalist. And she was hard-core. One mistake — anything — and she marked your work down by a whole letter grade. Brutal. But I went on to Humboldt state where I studied journalism and theatre.
While at CSU Humboldt, a short story of mine was produced as part of an oral interpretation production. There’s nothing like hearing your words performed on stage. Exciting.
I pursued a B.A. in Media Communications, writing television, film and radio scripts as part of the program. After undergraduate school, I joined the U.S. Army as a Broadcast Journalist/Public Affairs specialist. The advanced training program was intense. It’s a Department of Defense school called DINFOS — Defense Information School and it’s accredited by ACE/COE.
While in the Army, I provided print, radio and video news coverage of base-specific stories. These stories were provided to civilian media for local airing. I also spent time in the public affairs office working with international, and national, civilian media. This may be the best job in the entire service. When we participated in war games, I wore civilians and interviewed colonels. No pressure. Eventually, my experiences in the military would become the foundation for several of my scripts.
After returning to civilian life, I pursued acting, then directing, and eventually writing.
During this time I wrote for a variety of mediums and outlets;
- articles for The Sacramento Bee
- orientation and training scripts for production companies
- pre-show monologues for theatre
- educational and developmental articles for UC Davis
- human interest pieces for on-line magazines
- educational papers covering aspects of film
- script coverage for production companies
- scripting for information videos
- on-line marketing blogs, newsletters, reviews, and articles for authors, real estate agents, health and wellness providers, and many more
- feature and short scripts for production companies
My writing experience is a combination of journalism, creative non-fiction, and highly structured creative scripting, whether the focus is education or entertainment, the goal is always to engage the reader, and elicit a specific emotion and action.
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