Hello darling readers! How exciting to be writing my first post for The Ball! I’ll admit, as I type, I am not wearing a party dress and pearls. Some debutante, right? Leggings and a T-shirt is about as fancy as I get these days–very unglamorous, given that I work for Glamour magazine. But, thank goodness that my job doesn’t require high fashion. I’m a writer. And a mom. I work from home in the business of ideas, words–and wiping runny noses. And I love every minute of it (almost every minute).
I’ll be posting here on the Ball every Thursday. Let’s get acquainted! I’ll start:
I live in Seattle with my husband, Jason, and sons Carson (3) and Russell (1). Baby #3 is due in February (God help me). (And let’s not forget the rascally golden retriever, Paisley.) I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a writer (I won’t embarrass myself with stories of the homemade “newspaper” I wrote and distributed to my neighborhood in the sixth grade), and after receiving my degree in journalism from Western Washington University, I set out to start freelancing. I landed my first assignment with Marie Claire, and after years of hard work, I now contribute regularly to a long list of magazines, including Glamour, Redbook, Woman’s Day, Real Simple, American Baby, Cooking Light, Parents, Parenting, Health and O, The Oprah Magazine. I’m also the health and fitness blogger for Glamour.com. Come by and visit my blog–Vitamin G, and my personal blog, here.
Earlier this year I sold my first novel–The Violets of March–to Penguin (Plume). It’s a story I loved writing, and I’m eager to tell you all more about it in the months ahead. The book will be out next summer (2011) and I can hardly wait! Fiction has been such a welcome change of pace from magazine work. I’ve enjoyed the chance to strengthen my creativity in new ways, plus, it’s so freeing sitting down to write something that comes straight from my imagination, rather than an interview transcript.
That’s my resume, now let me share some off-beat and completely random details about myself:
*I sneeze after taking my first bite of chocolate–without fail.
*I have a secret addiction to The Bachelorette, The Bachelor (and, cringe) The Bachelor Pad. An addiction that is now–not so secret.
*In junior high I went through a phase where I wanted to be an airline pilot. Ah, no.
*I love to run, and try to get out for a daily jog (which is interesting now that I’m pregnant).
*Current favorite pregnancy craving: The juice from a jar of pepperoncinis.
*My parents made me take Norwegian folk dancing lessons as a child, which left me with a lifelong love of lefse and Scandinavian traditions.
Told you–random! That’s all for now! I’m so excited to get to know all of you in the year ahead. I’d love to know: What do you hope to learn/read about from the Debutantes this year?