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Informed Storytelling

Everyone has a story to tell. Because Janet is genuinely interested in what moves each person to pursue their passion, her subjects respond positively to her. That response is reflected in her stories, which are carefully researched and thorough, yet sensitive—a somewhat rare combination.

Gretchen Piston Ogden, Editor-at-Large, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors

The interests of the audience─prospective readers—inform everything I write. Who will read this piece? What do they want to know and what might surprise them? By keeping the demographics of a publication’s readership or an organization’s target market in mind, I aim to fulfill editors’ needs in a way that captivates their readers’ interest.

Good writing and reporting require solving puzzles. Combining the diligence of a reference librarian and the instincts of a seasoned detective, I dig into each assignment, following clues, captivated by the diversity of activities and ideas that excite others.

Among the joys and mysteries of writing is that words come from out of the sky, usually under the press of deadline. I set aside my notes and my fingers begin to tap dance on the keyboard. Whole paragraphs appear. I rigorously fact-check, then polish to be sure each piece of writing accomplishes its goal, capturing the interest of readers.