Author & Writer

My writing has been published since the mid ’90s in print and web publications including The Guardian, Dwell, Modern Bride, ReadyMade Magazine, and Seattle Weekly. My book, Offbeat Bride, was first published in 2007 by Seal Press, with a revised second edition released February 2010. My second book is currently in the late stages of development.


Author, From Shitshow to Afterglow: Putting Things Together After It All Falls Apart

Published by Seal Press / Hachette Book Group, June 2020
Author of hardcover self-dev title due out in 2020. It’s a good set-up for a bad joke — did you hear the one about the divorced wedding blogger? That’s me, and this is my book about grieving forward, and building a new life after loss.


Author & Publisher, PROS BEFORE BROS

Self-published art book / jewelry pairing, January 2019
Limited run of 100 numbered and signed books coupled with one of two hand-stamped raw brass jewelry pieces. A true story about sex work and grabbing your own healing by the balls, the narrative explores identity, feminism, shame, surrender, gender roles, bdsm, empowerment, embodiment, and trying to get out of your own damn head. Also an experiment in jewelry design, self-publishing, marketing, and about 10 other things.

Author, Offbeat Bride: Creating a Wedding That’s Authentically YOU

1st edition 2007
2nd edition 2010
3rd edition 2019

Author of trade paperback memoir/handbook for brides who challenge tradition. Offbeat Bride is filled with anecdotes, encouragement, tips, tricks, and celebrations of lives (and aisles!) less traveled.  Published by Seal Press / Hachette Book Group.

Contributor, Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, and Abandoned Rock Operas

August 2008
Contributed two pieces to Sarah Brown’s compilation of real teenage diary and journal entries, letters, songs, stories, and lists. Sarah Brown’s Brooklyn-based Cringe reading series was the inspiration for my founding Seattle’s Salon of Shame.

Magazines & Newspapers

Freelance Writing
I freelanced for most of the ’00s, focusing on pop culture, media and sometimes women’s issues. I mostly write for my own publications these days, but here’s a selection of my writing I’ve done for others:

Editor In Chief
Lotus Magazine, Los Angeles, CA | 1997 – 2001

Managed 80-page national dance-music culture magazine with a writing staff of 60 and an editorial staff of three. Developed publication voice and direction, assigned features, columns, and reviews, and edited all material for publication. Between 1997 and 2001, Lotus Magazine doubled in length and tripled its distribution.

Digital Publications

Before I transitioned to full-time work as a publisher, I was an editor and writer for other websites.
Walt Disney Internet Group, Seattle, WA | 2004 — 2006
Wrote, edited and produced entertainment content including special features, movie reviews, star profiles, news items and commentary. Founded successful
a daily fashion blog and Oscars liveblog. Utilized an in-house content management system to deploy web content to a website with an average of 34 million page views a month.
2003 — 2006

Co-founded the world’s only topical web magazine/blog dedicated to hula hoop dancing and fitness. was covered by The New York Times, The Age (Melbourne, Australia), and The Portland Tribune. I was interviewed about hula hooping by NPR’s Marketplace, The Seattle Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.


I’m old enough that no one really seems to care about this stuff any more, but I’ll tack it on here for the curious.

2001 Graduate, Columbia Publishing Course
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Certified graduate of Columbia Publishing Course, an intensive postgraduate concentration on all aspects of book, magazine, and new media publishing.

1998 Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
University of Washington

BA in Sociology, with a focus on media and subcultural studies.