Writing has been a passion for over forty years. I love to research the details of a story, make it new, shape it, and then introduce it to others --readers, I hope-- so that they'll be as captivated as I am. My interests are broad and include Louisiana history and culture, natural history, the arts, foodways, and travel. My genres include narrative nonfiction (aka feature writing), essays, books, and public relations work, most often for nonprofits.
I've enjoyed a diversity of experiences that have included: serving as the Public Relations VP for a regional retail chain; a semester teaching feature writing at LSU; a week, on two separate occasions, teaching feature writing in a program for young journalists in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia: teaching conversational English to teenagers in rural Poland; as the keynote speaker at the LSU Writing Across the Curriculum conference; as a panelist at the Louisiana Book Festival. I've canoed and ridden a towboat pushing forty barges on the Mississippi River, hiked in Alberta and Montana, had two knees arthroscoped, and can tell tales to my grandsons about living long.
Perhaps my most poignant writings have been helping several friends craft the newspaper obituaries for their husbands--a rewarding, though challenging, use of my language skills...