y mom likes to say that I started reading at 2. Unfortunately, the books were usually upside down. Later, my appetite for books quickly outpaced my monthly library loans. Forced to re-read yet another title, I decided, how hard could it be to come up with my own? Colored pencils in hand, I drafted my first “story.” From that point on, I realized I loved writing as much as I loved reading. I’m fascinated by authors who can craft phrases that take your breath away and descriptions that transport you to another place. My favorite stories stay with me long after I put them down.
- I grew up in the Richmond area. My mom—afraid that I would meet someone from another state and move away—discouraged me from applying to Richmond-area colleges that recruit heavily out-of-state. I chose Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va. Things didn’t quite work out as she planned; I met my husband there—he was from New Jersey.
- My next chapter took me five hours away to Monmouth University in New Jersey where I got my master’s degree and worked for a non-profit boating association. For the first time, I had to be truly independent. I went from knowing everyone to knowing no one; my friends no longer lived two doors away. I highly recommend it—it’s lonely and scary but it taught me how to do things alone, talk to someone I don’t know and to be smart, but to explore the area (tip: Think rationally when you are lost and it's okay to ask for directions).
- I quickly learned that I hated New Jersey winters. The first year I was there, after spending a summer blissfully warm on the shore, we were hit with 10 inches of snow … in the first snowstorm of the year. Which brings me back to Richmond. I accepted my first job with Dominion as a marketing specialist at Dominion Credit Union. One of my favorite assignments was traveling to company locations to tell the credit union’s story and meeting Dominion employees. It was rewarding to help people find solutions to their needs.
- I spent the rest of my time at Dominion Virginia Power—first in the call center working on employee communications, and then as a marketing specialist promoting eBill and online services to our customers.