I've been writing for a long time, and I've loved (almost) every minute of it. My career got its start in an unlikely place—a town of 200 people. I worked at the Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, where I wrote newsletters and press releases, articles and ads. Once I saw my first published article, I was hooked.
I’ve gone on to write more than 1,200 articles for major magazines, hundreds of newsletters, and dozens of blogs. I'm proudest of the 18 books I’ve written, including my Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Series. The way I see it, books are to writers what pentathlons are to athletes: endurance.
I also love to get other people fired up about writing. Whether I’m coaching, training, or writing books about writing, I dig into my satchel of proven techniques and personal experiences to help them increase their confidence and catapult their creativity. As we work together, they can better access their own problem-solving and creative-thinking skills and draw from their strengths and stories—the ones that set them apart from the rest and help them excel at work.