Comments from the author about writing: I entered writing through the back door, via performance, writing my own comedy routines as a professional ventriloquist based in Seattle appearing with my sidekick, "Ronnie Smith." This unique experience taught me how to write for an audience, as well as pacing, content, and offering take-away value--with a live audience providing real-time feedback. (Applause is addicting.) Now I write in print and online, exploring topics ranging from practical to sublime--such as politics, parenting, and finances to time travel, nostalgia, and literature. After writing for twelve years in the news and commercial markets, I enrolled in the University of Iowa and ripened in the light of intellectually sensitive writers and teachers such as Marilynne Robinson, James Alan McPherson, Stephen Berry (journalist), David Hamilton, Philip Round, Florence Boos, Mitchell Kelly, Lyombe Eko, and many more. My choices of courses and teachers reflect my eclectic tastes in journalism and literary excellence. I purposely pursued courses from the University of Iowa's programs in journalism, English, and the Writers' Workshop, and graduated with an MA in English Literary Studies in 2010.
Literary awards received and date received:
"A Treasured Gift," chosen for Chicken Soup for the Soul's Great and Grand: 101 Best Stories anthology (November 2008).
National Finalist, "Dr. Ponseti, the Midas Touch of Medicine: Correcting Clubfeet at age 90," Writer's Digest 75th Annual Writing Competition (November 2006).
First Place, "Best Nonfiction Book Award" for Getting Your Financial House in Order, granted by the Midwest Christian Book Fair (June 2004).
National Finalist, Two Categories: Children's Fiction and Inspirational Writing, Writer's Digest 72nd Annual Writing Competition (October 2003).
National Top Ten Finalist, Annual Fiction Competition, "Best Friends," Pockets Magazine (November 2001).
Book Types: Nonfiction, Fiction, Short Story Collection
Audience Types: Young Adult, Adult
Genre: Essays, politics
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Books By This Author
Getting Your Financial House in Order, B&H Publishing Group, Inc., Nashville, TN, 2003.