Many people think of writing as a lonely, frustrating and painful process. It never feels that way for me. I enjoy every step of the process, from research and interviewing to drafting a finished product.

My experience spans many media: magazines, books, websites and radio. My first job as a professional writer was at Forbes magazine, where I started out as a fact-checker and worked my up to reporter.

Later, I launched and ran a newsletter for four years for Tom Peters, co-author of best-selling business book In Search of Excellence. I enjoyed a stint as editor of a national half-hour daily business news show on public radio, and helped launch a national magazine called Family Business, to which I continue to contribute. Currently I divide my time between freelance writing, ghost writing and working part time for TALKERS, a national trade magazine for the talk-show industry.

Since publication of my book, Kids and Money: Giving Them the Savvy to Succeed Financially (Bloomberg Press, 1999), I have also joined the speaking circuit, presenting my “How to Gimme-Proof Your Kids” workshops.

My work in this area also led to a consulting assignment to help develop (and appear on) a PBS show, “Kids, Cash and Common Sense,” which recently aired on 50 public television stations—and won a regional Emmy in 2004.

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