I live in Charleston, South Carolina, and am the research editor at Garden & Gun magazine. I find story ideas, write, edit, and make sure our nationally award-winning magazine keeps getting all its facts straight.
My first job was scooping up golf balls at night at my family's driving range in St. Louis. My dad paid me $20 and a pancake breakfast. It made me want to be a writer instead of a golf course operator. I wrote about that decision and won a GolfWeek essay contest.
I went to Indiana University, studied journalism, linguistics, and non-profit management, and edited the student magazine there. Before graduating, I interned at Field & Stream, St. Louis magazine, an art magazine in London, and a tiny bi-weekly newspaper in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I also started traveling to Haiti, where I moved after graduation.
I developed a nonprofit management curriculum for a tiny college in the town of Les Cayes, taught English, and reported for the Associated Press. I interviewed Sean Penn and helped report and fact-check this PEN Award-shortlisted book.
After Haiti, I moved to New York City, was an editorial assistant for a group of writers transitioning from The Onion to "Adult Swim," (yeah, those meetings were funny) reported a little for BuzzFeed, and worked with the late journalist Michael Hastings on this book. Now, I'm glad to have room to garden and learn in Charleston.