Finding Happy . . . A Memoir
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Credits & Credentials

Connie completed her MFA in Creative Writing from the low-residency Red Earth MFA Program at Oklahoma City University in January 2014.

She graduated from the PEL Program at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, earning a BA (with High Honors) in Creative Writing in May 2009. Prior to this, she attended the University of Cincinnati (working toward a dual major in English and Journalism). 

Connie served as assistant to the managing editor for the manufacturing edition of Moonbeams, a publication of The Procter & Gamble Company. Additionally, she served as marketing director for a Cincinnati-based investment banking firm (Seasongood & Mayer). 

Additionally, she has experience in commercial and public radio. Connie produced award-winning radio programs, as well as public service campaigns and documentaries at WVXU-FM and WMKV-FM. She serves as a founding member of the Board of Directors of Media Heritage, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of big band era music and history. 

Connie's writing has appeared in the following publications:

"Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine" (Full Sail University).

"Aspiring to Inspire"
(Anthology of women writers by Durham Editing & eBooks). 

"It's About Living" (Memoir Anthology by Durham Editing & eBooks).

The Eckerd Review (Literary Journal produced by Eckerd College).

The Scarab (Literary Journal produced by Oklahoma City University).

Connie's writing also has appeared in the following publications: The Island Reporter, Tierra Verde News, ProView, Advance Magazine, and On-The-Air Magazine

Her essay, "Double You, The Mathematics of Love," was featured in
The Eckerd Review literary journal in 2008. Her "Music and Memories" essay garnered a national grand prize, a vintage-style Wurlitzer jukebox, in a contest sponsored by Avery Labels in 2004. 

Connie has twice been invited to Writers In Paradise at Eckerd College, co-directed by Dennis Lehane and Sterling Watston, and she attended the Suncoast Writers Conference, hosted by The University of South Florida, and has participated in workshops hosted by Writer's Digest and workshops mentored by notable authors, including: Lan Samantha Chang, Joy Harjo, Laura Moriaty, Stephen King, Laura Lippman, Lou Berney, Peter Meinke, Nick Flynn, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Kerry Cohen, Kat Meads, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Allison Amend,  Margo Rabb, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Heather Sellers. 

Connie is a founding member of The Anarchist Writers Group at Eckerd College and is a past member of WordSmitten, a St. Petersburg, Florida, writing collaborative. A former Realtor, she contributed as a guest blogger on behalf of Pinellas Realtor Organization (PRO) and is a former co-owner and featured writer for The Island Reporter, a community newspaper that served Gulf Beaches communities throughout Pinellas County, Florida.