- I believe clients seek services from someone who listens for what they want and then exceeds their expectations.
- I practice courteous, dependable, and timely communication.
- I value quality, integrity, kindness, and compassion.
- I love children, animals, eating out, watching movies, and Oxford commas.
- I am a lifelong learner and a global citizen who cares deeply about my family, my friends, my neighbors, and the world.
My Story: The Short Version
I grew up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
at the foot of the Grand Teton Mountains
My early exposure to spectacular scenery and free roaming moose, elk, and buffalo in and around Yellowstone National Park taught me to love wildlife and care about the environment. After I left home for college at 18, I quickly learned to appreciate the value of my small-town upbringing with both my mother’s and my father’s extended family close by.
A Small Town Girl Living in the Big City
I’ve now lived in Phoenix, Arizona for over 20 years, but I visit my hometown and family in Jackson every summer for at least a month or more. No matter how sophisticated my tastes in food, film, books, and culture may have become, I still think of myself as a small town girl from Wyoming.
After earning a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a doctoral degree in English, I taught writing and literature courses for over 20 years in university classrooms. For 10 of those years, I also trained other faculty members to teach more effectively in person and online.
Getting My Writing in Print
Along the way, I published an award-winning short story, lots of articles in scholarly and non-scholarly publications, multiple blogs, and the first ever book of literary criticism about Mormon women’s autobiographies: Faithful Transgressions in the American West: Six Twentieth-Century Mormon Women’s Autobiographical Acts (Utah State University Press, 2004).
In graduate school at Arizona State University, I specialized in western American women’s autobiography. Ever since I discovered the literary value of autobiographies and memoirs, books written by people about their own lives became my favorite genre. This personal love of autobiography comes from Mormons’ dedication to writing their life histories.
Although I’m no longer a practicing Latter-day Saint, I value my mother’s Mormon heritage, and I’ll always be culturally Mormon. My faith community was the first to teach me that stories can motivate and inspire people—not only to be good, but to do good.
I currently serve as President on the board of my homeowner’s association. In the past, I’ve volunteered for many other organizations: Special Olympics, the Sunstone Foundation, Project for the End of Rape International (PERI), Herberger Theater Center, Landmark Education, National Bank of Arizona, the Black Chamber of Arizona, and 14 years as a Big Sister in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. Spending time with my two “Little Sisters” and their siblings has been precious to me because I expected to be married with children but have lived a single life instead.
The Second-Half of My Story
In 2012, at my own half-century mark, I left the comfort and familiarity of the university to start my own writing and consulting business. I never thought I’d start a business. As a young girl, I didn’t always like the time my mother spent running the beauty shop she bought when she was just 19-years-old. While raising four children with my dad and managing numerous employees, my mom grew her small business into a thriving success for over 50 years right next to our home.
If I serve my clients with as much commitment, attention, and generosity as my mother did, I’ll consider this mid-life writing business venture a loving tribute to her remarkable success.