Every trip to the post office with my dad made me feel a little connected to New York City. He showed me how to dream.
It would have been hard for me to end up doing anything different than what I do today.
Since I was five, I had dreamt of working in TV, as an anchor. But, only one anchor was hired at the school TV station, TV-10, that first fall when I arrived, and it wasn’t me. I did not let that setback stall my aspirations. I saw that there was an opening for a Public Affairs Director for TV-10. No one had applied for the position. I got hired, and that job set me in a direction that led to a career in public affairs.
I have worked full-time in public affairs positions that require a specialized understanding of journalism. All along, I have also maintained my love of “cheering for people” as a freelance journalist. As a reporter, mostly in culinary writing and food history, I have interviewed thousands of people for stories for newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press and Wine Enthusiast.
My two careers collided when my Wine Enthusiast story “Titanic Cocktails” caught the eye of Regnery History publisher Alex Novak, and my first book was published. I used my public relations and event planning experience to debut The Last Night on The Titanic, Unsinkable Drinking, Dining & Style, (Regnery 2019).
My love of telling people’s stories will always be my inspiration, and I hope that readers will be inspired, too. Being a cheerleader for other people is just one example of the many ways you can bring your dreams to life.