Once a chef, then a journalist, now an author, ghostwriter, podcaster, copy writer and speaker
I love writing. Always have. In school, writing assignments were the only things that yielded me any praise. I gobbled up words, absorbed song lyrics easily, regularly dove into books, magazines and newspapers, even rewrote advertising slogans and commercials in my head.
I never planned to write about food and drink; my fantasy was to cover auto racing. But I was so inept on a manual typewriter that no publication would hire me. So, I shelved that dream and drifted about for 11 years … in restaurants, serving tables, cooking and reading trade publications on my bosses’ desks. Those magazines, centered only on the restaurant industry, fascinated me.
- And that’s how I left the restaurant biz—to write about it—with, thank God, the help of word processing software. Knowing I could correct every mistake without consequence, the words flowed to the screen.
- Over the decades I wrote about every aspect of restaurants for leading magazines and websites while branching out along the way. Living in Kentucky led me to the bourbon industry and its bottomless well of stories. As proven by my overstuffed liquor cabinet, it turns out that all spirits fascinate me; spirits makers even more.
- I also discovered a knack for ghostwriting, getting into another’s mind and putting their thoughts to paper. Few things gratify me as much as hearing a client say, “That’s exactly what I was thinking! How did you do that?” A couple of “ghosted” books, countless speeches, position papers and blogs later, I’m still loving it.
- Today, few things excite me more than public speaking and the rush of direct crowd engagement. Much of that centers on food and spirits pairings, large and small events at which I lead crowds to combine unexpected food and drink combinations.
Sounds like fun, right? It is. Lucky me, I love my work!
Contact me to do it for you, your business or publication.
Writer, Speaker, Author
2454 Glenmary Ave. #9
Louisville, Ky., 40204