A fifth-generation Northwest native, I am a seasoned, award-winning freelance writer, as well as an editor and author, with roots in public relations.
With more than 20 years of experience as a writer, I have traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Europe, conceptualizing and writing stories for in-flights, AAA publications, regional travel magazines, tourism publications and digital travel guides.
The skills and insights acquired during my earlier career in public relations agencies gave me a perfect launch pad for editorial work, first as the executive editor at Sea Kayaker magazine and then as the long-time managing editor of Alaska Airlines Magazine. I also conceptualized and launched a new magazine for Washington State Ferries. Until recently, I was the senior editor of AAA Journey magazine, Washington state and North Idaho’s award-winning publication.
I am the author of two books: Michelin Must-Sees: Pacific Northwest and Wanderlust and Lipstick: Traveling with Kids. In addition, I have researched and edited chapters in several Michelin guides—the worldwide gold standard of guidebooks.
As a public relations executive for 15 years, I held positions at some of the city's largest agencies, specializing in media relations, special events and writing, primarily for food and hospitality clients. I was also a food specialist, developing recipes and working as a food stylist. Among my clients were Westin Hotels & Resorts, Beefeater's Gin, the Washington Raspberry Commission, Darigold and the Washington State Dairy Commission.
Whidbey-Camano Islands Tourism—"Working with Travel Writers 101”
Olympic Peninsula Tourism--"How to Pitch to a Travel Writer"
Go World Travel magazine, staff workshop—"Travel Writing 101”
Public Relations Society of America, Seattle Chapter—"What Editors Want”
Midwest Sea Kayak Symposium—"Journaling as a Starting Point for Travel Writing”
Society of American Travel Writers