As a young girl, I dreamed of becoming a freelance writer for magazines or a newspaper journalist. I cut my teeth writing for the W.S.S.S. Weekly Eye, as part of a journalism summer school class in sixth grade. It was clear even then that my interest lay in human interest stories rather than investigative journalism. I published articles on the summer school director and a science museum field trip. I uncovered that the student’s favorite flavor of ice-cream was bubblegum.
My dream to become a freelance writer got sidetracked. I did not head to journalism school. Instead, I studied Comparative Literature and Japanese language at Smith College. But I managed to sneak in some journalism. I interned at my hometown newspaper, The Chaska Herald. I also wrote a column for the college newspaper, The Sophian.
After briefly working in public relations, I pursued a career in nonprofits. I worked in fundraising, communications, and event planning. After burning out, I decided to return to my first love: writing.
I can also assist nonprofits with telling their story. As a freelance writer, I write articles, essays, non-fiction, and blog posts. My essay “Listening to the Waves” was an honorable mention in the 2017 Writer’s Digest Competition.
My writing experience includes (in alphabetical order):
- Annual reports
- Blog posts
- Catalog copy
- Event marketing materials
- Fundraising letters and brochures
- Ghostwritten speeches
- Master’s thesis
- Newsletter articles
- Newspaper articles and columns
- Press releases
- Scripts for events and marketing videos
- Website content
Random facts about me a writer
Although I am an introvert, I love writing personal essays. Things I would never tell another living soul I am happy to share in writing. Go figure.
Every person has at least one interesting story to tell. It is a joy and an honor to share those stories. I’ve written about: a prisoner of war in Siberia, a female container ship captain, a person in need of a heart transplant, a code breaker in World War II, and a traditional Japanese dancer.
I have written a newspaper column in Japanese about my commute for the Sankei Shimbun.
I sometimes cannot decipher my own handwriting. It is a curse of many left-handed people. My handwriting woes did not squash my love of writing. I’ve got volumes of journals to prove it.
I first learned to type on an old typewriter with a cursive font.
I maintained a long distance relationship with my future husband for over a year by letter.
One of the reasons I choose not to become a journalist is because I have a horrific sense of direction. Trust me, it’s bad. In the era before GPS, I was afraid that I would get lost on my way to a big story or to an interview.