As the daughter of a New York Times bestselling novelist and an English teacher, I basically popped out the womb with pen in hand, ready to write. (Yes, I realize I am dating myself by saying pen, not mobile device).
I graduated with a B.S. in Magazine Journalism from the University of Florida in 1996 and immediately applied for New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute. It was during that summer, after being mentored by the best writers and editors in the magazine and book publishing industries, that I fell hard for magazines. Tours of the Seventeen, Rolling Stone, and Conde Nast Traveler offices sealed my fate as a magazine junkie.
Not desiring to share a New York studio apartment with eight of my cronies, however, I moved back to my hometown of Miami, Florida. I was hired as a photo editor at Ocean Drive magazine then moved to the now-defunct metropolitan regional glossy, Miami Metro, where I was the Assistant Art Director and a contributing writer for several years. After a short stint as a public relations account exec, I settled into independent school content marketing, where I have stayed for nearly 15 years.
Having sat on the editor’s side of the desk, I understand the stress of an unforgiving publication schedule. Because of this, I am a dependable, deadline-meeting freelancer who can bang out a clever, readable article in next to no time.
Most Celebrities Encountered While on the Job
I spent two years as the Public Relations Manager at The Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach coordinating the crews, photos shoots, concerts and on-site movies of Jennifer Lopez, Robert Deniro, Carmen Electra, Shakira, the Dixie Chicks, Al Gore, and Mikhail Gorbachev just to name a few.
I learned that I can write a mean press release and some rockin’ advertorial copy, but I hate the begging-for-favors part of PR.
Most Surprising Job Hazard
Following my hot minute in PR, I spent four years as a high school journalism teacher and publications manager at a premier private school in Miami (the alma mater of Enrique Iglesias). O.J. Simpson’s daughter took my class and I developed an unnatural fear of parent/teacher conferences.
Five months after our first child was born, my husband and I moved from Miami to St. Petersburg, Florida. Shortly after our second child was born, I started a home organizing business and in no time became a respected organizing subject matter expert for print and TV news.
I gained a monthly column, The Organized Momma, in a St. Petersburg Times publication followed by another in another local glossy, Mommazine. Since then I have developed writing specialties in home organizing and design, time management for busy families, women’s interest and lifestyle, parenting, and travel, especially travel with children.
I have written for multiple women’s interest websites as well as home & garden and parenting publications.
A wannabe photojournalist, I enjoy nothing more than sharing my travel photos and adventures.
I design, edit, and write 95% of the articles for CSFeatures, a publication about the students, faculty, and alumni of Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg, FL.