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Ever since I was 13 years old, I have wanted to write. And I did write then—but there was no audience with whom to share the writing (except with my patient friends). Blogging allows us such a great opportunity to write for an audience that appreciates and shares a similar spirit. At this point, I’ve written thousands of blog posts and it’s become part of who I am now. I can’t imagine not having this outlet.
If I’m not here blogging, you might find me writing novels. To date, I’ve authored three award-winning fictional books in the category of contemporary/women’s fiction. And just this past July, I published my fourth book, The Postcard and Other Stories & Poetry, which contains 22 short stories and poetry which was written over many years. Released in 2017, Inn Significant (2017) is a story of love, loss, and recovery set on Maryland’s Eastern Shore; Beneath the Mimosa Tree (2012), my first novel, is set in Annapolis and centered around the theme of forgiveness; and Baseball Girl (2015), is a women’s fiction story loosely based on my life working in professional baseball.
My full-time profession is that of Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University. I earned an MFA in Creative Writing from National University in San Diego and teach a variety of writing courses including feature writing, magazine writing, public relations writing, and travel writing. I also teach courses in advertising, sports communication, professional communication, and interpersonal communication. I am the proud advisor to 47 House, the integrated marketing communication club. And a recent accomplishment was publishing a textbook along with two of my colleagues, Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, entitled Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice (2016), published by Kendall-Hunt. This textbook takes a look at the “why” behind event planning and attaches communication theory to it, in addition to offering practical help regarding all aspects of event planning.
While an undergraduate at Towson University, I got a job working for the Baltimore Orioles in public relations. After college, I stayed with the ballclub for 13 years and was the assistant director of community relations and then director of publishing. Helping to plan the move from Memorial Stadium to Camden Yards was a thrill; afterwards, helping to plan the 1993 All-Star Game, Cal Ripken’s 2131 Celebration, and the events surrounding the back-to-back playoff years in 1996 and 1997, were some of the highlights of my career working in the sport. My work as editor of the Cal Ripken Commemorative Publication, which celebrated Ripken’s tying and breaking of Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak record, was the pinnacle of my career in baseball.
I love fashion, and when my kids were little, I became certified as a fashion consultant and helped women (and some men) build wardrobes that suited their lifestyles. I’ve always loved fashion and clothes, and even had the opportunity to go to New York Fashion Week twice. That’s why I added a category of fashion just for fun! My philosophy on fashion is that clothing is an extension of our personalities. So my mantra is this: wear whatever makes you feel good about yourself!
I love the Annapolis area, and reside in Severna Park, Maryland, a community outside Annapolis, with my husband and two children.
I love writing, and that’s why you’ll see me so often on Steph’s Scribe. Feel free to follow along and join in and comment.
A W A R D S F O R M Y N O V E L S
INN SIGNIFICANT earned a Finalist Award in the 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards for Women’s Fiction.
BASEBALL GIRL earned an Honorable Mention Award in the Annual Readers’ Favorite Awards Contest for 2015 for Sports Fiction.
BENEATH THE MIMOSA TREE earned a Bronze medal in the Annual Readers’ Favorite Awards Contest for 2012, tops in its category for Contemporary Romance. It also received a 2013 National Indie Excellence Award as a Finalist for Romance.