I didn’t always know I wanted to be a writer, but one thing I can say for certain is that from a very young age I was a dreamer, an explorer and a creative at heart. It found a variety of expressions in my life from dance to skating to setting paper boats off to sail along the water that sometimes flowed along the curb of my Brooklyn, New York, street.
By the time I arrived at high school, I found I had too many interests to count, in equal parts artistic and academic. The only solution was to choose a career that allowed me to explore as many of them as I could. That career was journalism, and I was fortunate to work in several gritty, yet romantic, old-school newsrooms before they vanished. Those experiences were the best education I could have wished for, and they informed the writer I eventually would become.
Since then there have been many stops along my journey. First at Fordham University, where I worked as a public relations specialist, then at Latina magazine, where I served as senior associate editor. These days I’m stationed at Princeton University, where I'm a staff writer in the Office of Communications. I also freelance for a variety of traditional and digital publications, as well as corporations and nonprofit clients.
As I’m getting older, I’m hoping to return to where I started in some ways, dreaming and exploring. Currently I’m writing my first book, a work of historical fiction set in Cuba. In some ways, writing a novel feels like setting a paper boat along a course of water. It’s an act of faith, both in the direction and the outcome.
No matter where my career takes me from here, I know that all these years later I’m writing for the same reasons: to learn, to share, to grow, and ultimately to express all those little stirrings that well within me.
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