In about 1988, I wrote my very first story about Christmas trees. From there, I transitioned to poetry and science fiction. In college, I majored in English but took every creative writing class I could find. Just out of college, I happened into a job as a reporter at the Malone Telegram, a family-run daily newspaper in upstate New York. My time there taught me so much about the value of a good editor, the importance of deadlines, and how to edit both photographs and obituaries. Fast forward some years and I now find myself with two master's degrees, one in public health and the other in education. It was my great honor to edit Mud Season Review for several years, an independent literary journal based in Vermont. This taught me, once again, about the importance of deadlines, but even more about how a talented and dedicated team makes all of the difference. This eclectic mix of experience and accomplishments has evolved into a passion for writing and editing stories about medicine, science, health, travel and adventure.