After graduating from Washington State University in 1992, I began pitching stories to magazines and newspapers across the Northwest. Soon I was hooked. Though I collected more rejection notices than paychecks the first two years, the experience sharpened my writing, research, and outreach skills and set me on a path. In 1994, I caught a break when I landed a job with a publishing house where I co-authored Washington for the Curious: A By-the-Highway Guide along with three Northwest hiking guides. And I’ve been writing professionally ever since.

I now focus on helping small and medium-size businesses find their voice, tell their story, and boost their business. This involves listening closely to clients and discovering what makes them unique. I then translate this into website copy, blog posts, articles, case studies, ad copy, and other marketing content to help them thrive.

I’ve held many fascinating jobs over my career, and writing and storytelling are the common threads running through them all. I’ve been a book editor at Amazon.com, a communications specialist at Corbis and MG2 Architecture, the project manager of a traveling environmental education and film production company, and owned and operated Screaming Mimi’s Music on Vashon Island, WA. Now, with Carkonen Communications, work with intriguing and inspiring people, learn new things daily, and hone my writing and editing skills. Please get in touch to discuss your next project. I look forward to working with you.

Experience

Feb 2012 - Feb 2014

Communications Specialist, MG2 Architecture

Jan 2011 - Feb 2012

Full-time Freelance Writing and Editing

Nov 2008 - Dec 2010

Project Manager, The Elements Tour

Apr 2007 – Sep 2008

Communications Specialist, Corbis Corporation

Jun 2001 – Apr 2007

Freelance Writing and Editing
Owner & Operator, Screaming Mimi’s Music Store

Jan 1997 – Jun 2001

Book Editor, Amazon.com