2 – Long Bio

rjc_2014_aprilWell, the short bio was the highlights. For the long bio, I’m adding a little color.  I was born and raised in Peoria, IL (we lay claim to being a four-time “All America City“). I had three brothers and one sister, and parents masochistic enough to insist we spend two weeks on a family vacation each year (yes, we drove; yes, there was a lot of arguing about who touched whom; yes, if you had been on even a single trip, you would know only a masochist would do that again).

I went to college in the nation’s capital, a big departure from the quiet of Peoria. It was a great experience and I left DC four years later with a degree in journalism. Returning to the Midwest, I worked at both the Wichita Eagle and Kansas City Star as a cub newspaper reporter. Realizing that long distance relationships couldn’t go on forever, I returned to DC, married my sweetheart and began working for a trade publisher. What is a trade publisher you ask? They do really industry-specific publications. This company did newsletters discussing everything from solid waste and sludge to children with disabilities. The job was actually pretty fascinating. Based on what a waste official told me about incineration practices and airborne mercury, there is one US city, I shall never set foot in again!

I had my first child in 2003, and after my second in 2007, became a full-time Mom.  When my daughter started preschool, I started writing again, and now, when I’m not momming (hey, I see no reason mom can’t be used as a verb), I’m writing fiction.

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One Response to 2 – Long Bio

  1. Long argued that Standard Oil, the corporate interests, and the conservative political opposition were conspiring to stop him from providing roads, books, and other programs to develop the state and to assist the poor and downtrodden.

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