When I was 5 years old, my dad told me I would become a writer, and he was not the kind of guy to argue with. He was a poet and songwriter, and he loved to give me and my sister writing or art assignments. One of my first efforts was a poem about a frog with a gas problem.
I went to journalism school and became a newspaper reporter, photographer, and newspaper section editor. My first magazine job was as editor of a city restaurant magazine in Vancouver, Canada. Then I moved to the US and went to journalism school again, becoming the editor-in-chief of two magazines and executive editor of another.
My last full-time job was as editor-in-chief of an electronic publishing company, Books That Work. In retrospect, we were trying to develop iPad apps in 1996, when all we had was CDs and no Internet. Still, I used my newspaper and magazine design skills to learn graphic user interface design and usability, which helped me when designing websites and blogs.
Since 1996, I’ve been self-employed as a writing coach, editor, writer and teacher. I missed working with writers so I became a writing coach, specializing in food, for aspiring and professional writers and bloggers around the world. I’ve written reviews, chef profiles, regular columns and recipes for national and international publications and websites. And I’ve written two books: Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More; and Grilled Pizzas and Piadinas, co-authored with chef Craig Priebe.
For more about me, please see my professional bio.
To find out about my crazy Jewish-Iraqi food background inherited from parents from China, read this post.
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