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About Me

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Users, readers, audiences, fans – although they’re referred to by many names, my professional passion has always centered on the ways audiences use, understand, and interact with media.


What I Do

As a freelance writer, I use my deep knowledge of audiences to produce written content that engages readers and makes complex topics understandable so that my clients can increase their page views.

Why I'm Different

Not only do I write about psychology, UX, and film and television, my professional and educational background includes experience in all three fields.

  • As a UX designer and researcher, I've worked at top interactive firms and advertising agencies including RPA, Schematic (now POSSIBLE), Dailey & Associates, and iconmobile and for clients including Mandalay Bay, the California Tobacco Control Program, Acura, VIZIO, Cablevision, Mattel, Aspen Dental, and Kraft.

  • I have years of experience in media psychology where I became an adept researcher. I've conducted numerous studies and written papers on popular media, fictional stores, and fans.  

  • I also worked in the film and television industry researching information for film and television projects in developments, reading and analyzing scripts, and preparing and editing memos and letters for production companies.

I have degrees in media psychology from Fielding Graduate University and film from Cornell UniversityI'm also co-authored two books centering on these topics, including Finding Truth in Fiction from Oxford University Press.

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Random Facts About Me

  • When I'm not writing, I'm often walking or hanging out with my two dogs, Jitsu and Cordy.

  • I met my husband speed-dating.

  • My favorite movies are Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth and Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious.

  • My favorite TV shows are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

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