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My long writing career started at the end of a gravel driveway lined with tall trees and sun-dappled daffodils. Although it was years ago, I recall that day with the fiercest clarity: walking up to the massive oak door with a hand-forged handle, tugging on its surprising weight, and entering a world of art and craft, music and writing. There, at the Campbell Folk School, I met the director who eventually asked if I’d like to learn public relations. To be honest, I should have answered, “What’s that?” Instead, I said, “Sure,” and took to it like ink to newsprint.
Fast forward three decades. Today I’m a writing and book coach. I work to wake up the creativity in all my clients, and I’ve had a world of experience to draw on. I’m proudest of the 14 books I’ve written. Some highlights: In 2009, I wrote Words at Work straight from my heart, a much-needed response to all the questions and concerns people have about writing today; it won top honors from the National Best Books Awards. That same year, I wrote Contemporary Hawai’i Woodworkers: the Wood, the Art, the Aloha, a coffee-table art book, with Tiffany DeEtte Shafto. The book sold out quickly—and that inspired us to write a new one: Aloha Expressionism by Contemporary Hawai’i Artists, which launched recently. I’ve also written the Amazon Bestselling Book entitled How Not to Sound Stupid When You Write (one of my favorite books!).
Over the years, I’ve written 1,200+ articles for major arts and culture magazines such as Southern Living, Country Living, AmericanStyle, NICHE, Southwest Art, Yoga Journal, Associations Now, and American Cinematographer. Newspaper articles about art, food, and business ran in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and washingtonpost.com, among others. In 2006, I began teaching and coaching executive and staff how to write more effectively at organizations such as Microsoft, Visa, Boeing, Citibank, UPS, and the University of Washington, to name just a few.
And now I’ve teamed up with Virginia McCullough to create The Book Catalysts. Together we bring all our skills, experience, and passion to help our clients thrive.
When I look back at that bend in the road, the road less traveled that I first took so many years ago, I am grateful that I listened to my heart and followed my imagination. Sometimes the road gets bumpy, but I sure like the creative journey I’m still on. Let’s travel together and get your books started, finished, and published.
Many years ago, I was fortunate to discover my passion for writing, starting with articles on everything from children’s literature to the joys and challenges of living aboard a sailboat. I went on to a long career as a ghostwriter, book doctor-editor, and book writing coach, and starting in 2013, as the author of five award-winning novels: The Jacks of Her Heart, Greta’s Grace, Island Healing, The Chapels on the Hill, and Amber Light.
Having written more than 100 books for my clients, who come from various fields, including medicine, psychology, law, professional speaking, and business and management, I also coauthored a dozen nonfiction books, primarily with professionals driven by their desire to offer helpful, and in some cases, life-saving information. One book that’s especially important to me was first published ten years ago; The Oxygen Revolution coauthored with Paul Harch, M.D., a pioneer in the field of hyperbaric medicine, presents groundbreaking work using hyperbaric oxygen therapy with veterans recovering from traumatic brain injuries. I’m excited that the publisher is bringing out a new, updated edition of this important book in early 2016.
Coaching and writing about writing
After writing books of all kinds and articles on dozens of topics, nothing gives me more satisfaction than helping others start, finish, and publish their writing projects. Whether it’s through in-person presentations and workshops at conferences or webinars and online classes, I’m eager to pass on what I’ve learned over the last three decades. I like to think that over the years, I’ve helped others bring their best to the writing process and finally discover the value of letting the words flow and then shaping and structuring the results into a book they can be proud of.
Teaming up with Lynda in The Book Catalysts has given me the opportunity to share what I’ve learned as a lifelong career writer. Combining our experience has produced three books about the writing process, storytelling, and producing stand-out book proposals. If you have a writing-related question or concern, we’re here to address it.
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