Stories have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My Grandpa could weave a tale better than anyone I knew, and I loved listening to him. He would tell about his adventures growing up, and make up tall tales about his daily life. I loved the stories about my mom growing up, too- those were even better!
That love of story-telling got passed along to others in our family, and I just naturally became a word-smith from an early age. Books were my window into the world. They beckoned me to explore far beyond the small town in Louisiana where I was born and raised.
Journalism in high school was my passion, and English class was a hobby. As soon as I was able, I was traveling the world and off to college in another state.
After meeting my husband- who is also from a family of storytellers- we moved to North Carolina where we raised our three children. The dreams of writing got put aside for what I thought were the more “practical” pursuits of feeding a family and making ends meet. Stories continued to be a big part of our life.
Then the kids were grown, and parents called. We came back to Louisiana to begin a new season in life.
In the meantime, the internet blossomed into a platform that makes almost anything possible for someone who is willing to work for it. I started re-visiting the dreams of my youth to become a published writer. I wanted to create financial security for our family through something I actually loved doing for a change. I discovered copywriting, and it offered the opportunity I was looking for.
So many copywriting options are available that it took some time for me to nail down a niche I felt comfortable pursuing. I wanted to know that my work was making a difference in the world. I needed to know that whatever I was promoting was something I could feel good about.
Being an AWAI trained copywriter has given me the foundation to put everything I have learned into writing web copy and email newsletters for small business owners who are too busy actually running their business to give the necessary attention to a website or a regular publication.