I have always loved to write, beginning with the junior high school newspaper and continuing on today. While in grad school, where my research focused on gender in the workplace, a professor told me to “take my personality out of” my writing. You’d think that I would have gotten the hint that scientific writing wasn’t for me, but I’m slow. So, after getting my doctorate, I taught and consulted for several years. As time went by, I became more and more interested in the subject of conflict and violence, so I did a post-doctoral fellowship at Northeastern University’s Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict. While at Northeastern, I conducted research on youth violence and domestic violence. By this time, I had (finally) learned that dull and dry reporting of statistics was not my passion, so I published my first book, Sins of Omission, targeted to a non-scientific audience.
All this time I continued writing freelance, focusing on human interest stories. In addition, my love of travel and food led to a monthly column, which then brought me to my current projects: one book about the history of food, and another on travel. One of my favorite activities is to do cooking demonstrations with wild foods. If you happen to be nearby, please join me for making goat cheese from scratch, or picking and stuffing wild grape leaves!
Most recently, I began co-authoring and ghost writing, helping individuals and families with memoirs, family histories, ethical wills, and family cookbooks, among other projects. Everybody has a story to tell, and I love to assist people in getting their lives on paper for future generations.