"When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?"

When asked that question,  I always wish I had some witty memory to share.  While I had no big "ah-ha" moment, looking back, I can find a dozen little moments that foreshadowed my path to becoming a writer. 
For instance, I pretended to be afraid of the dark until I was 12, just so I could squeeze books down between my bed and the wall to read by my Snoopy nightlight long after bedtime.  And when our local librarian limited me to "as many books as you can carry," I learned to balance a giant stack of books between my chin and my fingertips. (And I read them all!)  In sixth grade, I wrote my first stage play to perform with my classmates on Parent Night (a terrible Carol Burnett wanna-be sketch!). 

From then on, I was hooked. I wrote dozens of stories in high school (like “Prom Night Cemetery”) for our high school’s monthly magazine - Reflections and I served as the magazine's Fine Arts editor, composing monthly spreads and features (using old-school cut & paste that required Exacto knives and glue!) 

I still hadn't figured out that my path was meant to be a literary one yet,  and so I earned my BFA from Wisconsin Lutheran College, double majoring in Psychology and Interpersonal Communications. However,  I still fed my artistic soul by taking every art class I could (I even attended college on a fine arts scholarship),  singing in choir and the christian contemporary a Capella group, Revelation,  performing in musical theatre productions,  and founding the college's literary society.

After college, while working dead end jobs at several movie rental and sales companies, I rediscovered my passion for storytelling and enrolled in screenwriting classes at Scottsdale Community College. 

My very first screenplay (the romantic comedy "Wanna Bet?") became a Top Fifty finalist in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's inaugural screenwriting competition, Project Greenlight. My second screenplay (the dark comedy "Why, MN") became a semi-finalist in both Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope and the Austin Film Festival's screenwriting competitions. I went on to write dozens of scripts on spec and wrote the screenplay for the indie film, "Hello, My Name is Frank," which won Best Dramatic Feature at the 2015 Manhattan Film Festival.

Determined to improve my craft, I earned my MFA in creative writing from Spalding University where I had the opportunity to focus on two unique genres: Screenwriting and Writing for Children and Young Adults. While studying at Spalding, I served as a student editor for the Louisville Review and volunteered as a publisher's assistant for Red Hen Press.  During this time, I was lucky enough to be hired on by Warner Bros. studios in their digital media department.

While at Warner Bros., I worked on  The Tyra Banks Show's Christmas giveaway episode and wrote content for the show's website.  I also wrote pieces for several other Telepictures' websites, including ExtraTV.com, and had the opportunity to scoop the Associated Press by discovering the truth behind Octomom's in vitro secrets before the rest of the world for Telepictures' now-defunct parenting website, MomLogic.

My experiences at Warner Bros. allowed me to develop a career as an online content creator for a number of high traffic websites, including USA Today, HomeLight.com, SheKnows.com, Travels.com, ChoiceHotels.com, Yahoo.com, eHow.com, and more. 

Still, I continued to pursue my passion for storytelling, working in post-production for Bunim/Murray Productions and as a freelance story editor for MyStory Inc. Recently, I've combined my talent and experience in both writing and editing by becoming a freelance developmental editor for both novels and screenplays. And in 2023 I'll be launching my indie publishing company: Ishkabibble Books.

Writing Samples

With a writing career spanning almost two decades,  it's not surprising that many of my articles are no longer available online. (In fact, I've found that much of my writing has been sold off to other websites or cannibalized into other articles!)

However, there are still many pieces published for you to peruse. Check out the links below!
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