Writing Experience – I have been writing since I was a child. I started writing in my diary when I was in the 4th grade and I kept a journal throughout high school. My diary and then my journal was my best friend. I am part of a writing group. We meet every Wednesday evening from 6 – 8pm at the Fork Cafe on Highway 61 in Charleston, South Carolina. Fork is open for lunch only and the owner, Margaret, is part of our writing group. She and her husband allow us to meet in their wonderful restaurant. If you are a writer and you are not a part of a writing group, I strongly recommend you find one. Our group of writers come from all walks of life and write a variety of pieces. We have a great time and learn a lot from each other. Wednesday evenings are special times in my life.
I also meet once a month with another writing group. This group only has writers who want to be published. Mary Johnston, my editor, is the facilitator of this group.
Personal – I am happily married and have been for over 12 years. I am the oldest girl in a family of seven children. I have one older brother, three younger sisters and two younger brothers. My mother, Bernie, was born on the island of Guam. My biological father’s family is Sicilian. My step-father who I refer to as my “real” father played a pivotal role in my life; he is from Maryland.
Professional – During the day, I am an Environment, Safety and Health professional. I have been in this career field for over thirty years. I am also a writer.
Education/Certifications – I have a BS in Occupational Education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL and a MA in Human Resources Development from Webster University, St. Louis MO. I am a Distinguished Toastmaster with Toastmasters, International. I am also a Certified Safety Professional with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.