I am one of those rare people who knew what they wanted to do when they grew up. By the eighth grade, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I thought I wanted to write fiction. I started writing short stories in my teens. I even sent them out to magazines — with no success. My practical side told me to have a Plan B — just in case I didn’t write the all-American best seller. That’s when I talked to my English teacher. She encouraged me to take a high school journalism course and I was hooked. I wanted to write for newspapers and magazines. I graduated in 1981 from Western Illinois University with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Print Media.

Since college I have worked for weekly newspapers, bi-weekly newspapers, and daily newspapers and several magazines. I even had an article published in an edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

I’ve been a reporter, a feature writer and columnist, and an editor. But when my husband, Dave, joined the active duty Air Force, I switched my gears to freelance reporting and writing. For the next 26 years I took my portable job around the nation as we dragged our twin daughters from the Southeast to Alaska and many sites in-between.

I am working on a book about those military experiences. I’ve had so much fun and met such amazing people (and learned a lot about myself in the meantime) that I felt a book was in order.

To learn more about me or see my work, I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter and/or one of my two blogs at the links below.

Chappy T Wife — Adventures of a Military Spouse

Eastern Africa: Stories of Hope and Faith

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