It’s Never too Late for Mid-Course Corrections!

By , June 12, 2017 6:43 pm

with our friend Mary Wagner!

Saturday, June 17th at 10 am.


When it comes to careers, I think you can call me “ambidextrous.” I’ve gone from journalism to criminal prosecution…and now I’m very happy doing both!

If you’d told me fifteen years ago that I’d be spending three months in a body cast after a riding accident, then ditch freelance writing in favor of going to law school, argue before the state supreme court five times, start wearing spike heels and then start my own website…I’d have called the cops and suggested a nice stay in a padded room for you.

But it all happened, and after that dramatic career change from journalism to law, a few years later I found I needed desperately to get back to the keyboard. I love my job as a prosecutor, but to be honest, legal briefs do torture and violence to the English language. And there are times that if streams of more creative words don’t escape from my fingertips, the top of my head may just leave my body.

So I started writing essays on my own website, “Running with Stilettos,” three years ago. Some won awards, some got reprinted elsewhere, and eventually some made it into my first book of the same name that I published in 2008. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry, some will probably get you to say “hey, I’ve been there, done that!!” Dating, power tools, shoe shopping, chocolate addiction, friendship, tragedies, celebrations and the melancholy that comes with kids growing up and growing away, they’re all in there. And don’t forget the view from the back of a Harley, or going on “spring break” for the first time at the age of…ahem…nevermind!

Since that first book, I’ve published two more–“Heck on Heels” (2009) and “Fabulous in Flats” (2011). “Heck” brought home an Indie Excellence Award for Inspiration, and “Fabulous” was named 2011’s Published Book of the Year by the Florida Writers Association. Both of these were named “Book of the Year” finalists by ForeWord reviews.

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