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.