Welcome to my blog! Curious about the name? Read this post to find out why I opted for the ungrammatical moniker. As you’ll see, my love of books and writing started at a very young age.
I studied linguistics as an undergrad at Georgetown University — I have always been fascinated by words and language — and received an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Temple University.
Most of my career has been spent in marketing and communications, with lots of writing experience. I was an early adopter of social media, and my interest in it as an engagement tool and community builder has continued to grow.
I left my job in university marketing in 2013 to switch gears. My focus is now on freelance writing — for companies and brands, as a brand ambassador and content strategist — but also for myself, as a creative person looking for new challenges.
My writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, BlogHer, Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, Better After Fifty, Midlife Boulevard, Travelling Classroom, and 12Most.
My approach to book reviews:
I’m the type of person who hates to read most book and movie reviews. Why? Because I don’t want to know the plot; not really. I don’t want to read the best lines. I don’t want the subtleties explained to me. I want to be surprised.
To that end, I do not write a synopsis of a book. Instead, I strive to give my readers the essence. The way the book made me feel. What moved me. How I related this book to events in my own life.
I started Books is Wonderful as a way to keep my creative writing skills honed, and hoped that someday it would springboard into the novel that I have always dreamed of writing. This image above is the construction paper on which I crayoned my first original piece.
In November 2014 I participated in NaNoWriMo, and successfully completed 50,000 words of my novel. I am happy to report that the second draft is done, yay! And is now in the hands of an editor. I am thrilled that this lifelong dream of mine has come true. I hope that sometime this year I can say that I am a published novelist.
In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband and family. I love to cook and bake and sometimes I share recipes on this blog. Other passions are books (of course), the beach, movies, Broadway, and NCAA basketball. I am blessed to have wonderful friends both near and far, old and new, and for that I am very grateful. I have the best children in the world and am so proud of them. No grandchildren yet but our dogs and cat provide the pitter patter of little feet for now.
I am so happy you are here for a visit, and I hope you will come back again soon. I love engaging with my readers and try to respond to every comment on the blog. Books is Wonderful is a peaceful, positive space for sharing part of me with you. As such, hateful or hurtful comments will not be acknowledged or published.