I wrote my first book when I was 5. I had chicken pox, and typed the masterpiece at my dad’s office on his typewriter. It was about an astronaut mouse. In third grade, I won third place in a local “young author” contest with a story about a visit to Mars. In high school and college, I was convinced I wanted to be a journalist, but it turned out I was wrong. Happily, I discovered librarianship, a career where I could learn and teach, but not have to grade papers. Time passed, the sun rose and set, I moved 4 times and had 2 children. I needed something I could take with me, so I became a freelance indexer and researcher. Now I write the indexes for nonfiction books — quite literally getting paid to read all day. I’ve learned about everything from cognitive behavioral therapy to Islamic jurisprudence, so that’s pretty cool. I also did a longish stint with a startup, researching and writing biographical profiles about remarkable women over at Quotabelle, and was a book, TV and culture blogger over at the booze-and-glitter-soaked website Forever Young Adult (for the YA reader who’s more A than Y).
Some of my favorite Quotabelle profiles
And FYA pieces