Ann Marie

“We’re wired to turn to story to teach us the way of the world.”

-Lisa Cron, “Wired for Story”

 

Throughout my career and life there has been one constant: words.

Communication, connection, and conversation have been both my passion and my profession.

Without really knowing why, I sought out a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. It just pulled me . . . and it still does today. I’ve held postions in advertising and marketing. I created a company that helped women entrepreneurs share their stories with the world – through teaching public speaking and writing website and promotional copy. Even in my retail days I was helping people express their unique personalities – through home décor and art materials. I’ve always dropped whatever I’m doing to join people in conversation, eager to hear about their experiences and learn more about their personal journeys.

And, I continue to chase my passion – storytelling – whether it is through writing fiction, copywriting, blog posts, or podcasts because I believe that stories are the way we make sense of the world. They are what make us human.

By telling stories, whether fact or fiction, we open up a world that allows people to glimpse their future and make sense of their past. They provide a gateway to places you’ve never been and help you revisit the places you have. They reveal the universal truths that connect us all and give us a greater understanding of those things that live deep within us. Stories create a safe place to cry and a shared experience of laughter.

It sounds like a lot, because it is. Story is our gateway to both the new and different and the old and comfortable.

Whether it’s laughing and crying through a fun and poignant contemporary romance or reading an inspirational interview on the blog, I hope you’ll join me.

Now, here are a few of things that make up my story:

  • I’m equally at home on a yoga mat AND yelling, “How about playing some de-fense?!” at a NBA game.
  • I’m told my first words were “So Pretty!” and I’d like to think I’m still actively looking for the beauty in everything.
  • If the Olympics added an event in napping, I’m pretty certain I’d medal.
  • My closest confidant is Boston terrier named Rudy. He’s the best listener I’ve ever met.Rudy
  • Scariest thing on my bucket list? Performing stand-up comedy . . . and not getting booed off the stage.
  • I love the first light of day, sitting by the ocean, and understanding what makes everybody (including my characters) tick.
  • My life is infinitely better because my husband is in it. His smile alone has gotten me through some very tough days . . .and some very blank pages.Husband
  • Myers-Briggs tells me I’m as close to an extrovert as an introvert can get.
  • One of my deepest wishes is that every child, everywhere, had access to books.
  • And, as scary as this writing journey can be some days, I know it is totally worth it!

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