Setting up a home office next to the laundry room in our basement, I started building my portfolio with clips from several local newspapers, including The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak and the Detroit Free Press Sunday Magazine. Soon after, I approached the editors of national magazines and was thrilled when I sold my first essay to Country Gardens, one of my favorite shelter publications.
About my book
Writing Home was written during the years I worked from home while raising my son. It has been honored with several awards, including one from Writer's Digest and another from Midwest Independent Publishers Association. The late Detroit News columnist and author, George Cantor, wrote a piece about the book after spending a day visiting my favorite hometown haunts with me. Cantor described Writing Home as "a love letter to home and family life." The collection includes 93 pieces that were previously published in a wide range of national magazines and regional newspapers.
My essays features and essays have been published regionally in the Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine, the Detroit Free Press Sunday Magazine, The Detroit News, Metro Times, MetroParent, Michigan BLUE, Observer & Eccentric and other newspapers.
My national publication credits include The Christian Science Monitor, Better Homes & Gardens' Country Gardens, Victoria, Cloth-Paper-Scissors Magazine, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion, Guideposts publications, Literary Mama, Ideals, Reader's Digest, Writer's Digest, and several popular anthologies. From 2012 through 2017, I wrote a monthly column on midlife and aging topics for Michigan Prime, a special supplement to the Sunday Detroit Free Press.
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