There's a saying among writers: “I write, therefore, I am.” I'm inspired to write when someone or something moves me. Be it a need to binge, purge, rant, or query, a sense of urgency motivates me to express myself in writing. It's my highest aspiration to connect with my readers in an honest and meaningful way. In my memoir, and in my essays and short stories, I invite readers to accompany me on a journey. One that may lead through foreboding and forgotten places. But, along the way there is light, even if only a sliver--and this is what I strive to find in my writing --Connie
Finding Happy is about such a journey.
Connie is an author, writer, and content strategist. Her writing has appeared in a college-level pedagogy textbook, as well as anthologies, liteary journals, magazines, and newspapers, including The Island Reporter, Tierra Verde News, Eckerd Review, Animal: A Beast of a Literary Journal, Advance Magazine, Aspiring To Inspire, It's About Living, Moonbeams, ProView, On-The-Air, and The Scarab. She received a vintage-style Wurlitzer jukebox as the national grand prize in a music and memories essay contest sponsored by Staples and Avery Labels (in 2004).
Connie has twice participated (by invitation) in Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College and attended the Suncoast Writers Conference hosted by The University of South Florida. She has hosted writing workshops and participated in writing workshops hosted by Writer's Digest. Connie has workshopped with notable authors, including Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Laura Lippman, Joy Harjo, Kat Meads, Lan Samantha Chang, Laura Moriarty, Dennis Lehane, Lou Berney, Peter Meinke, Nick Flynn, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Kerry Cohen, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Allison Amend, Margo Rabb, Dawn Lundy Martin, Sterling Watson, and Heather Sellers.
After residing in Florida for seventeen years, she returned to her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2019. Highlights of her professional career follow.
Connie served as a substitute adjunct professor at St. Petersburg Collegiate High School for four years, prior to relocating to Ohio. As an adjunct, she taught creative writing classes and mentored students across a broad spectrum of subjects.
Connie got her start in radio as a sales coordinator at WEBN 102.7 FM, Cincinnati's legendary rock format commercial radio station located in Hyde Park, OH.
Connie served as underwriting director at WVXU 91.7 FM, a public radio station formerly licensed to Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She helped garner an OBIE award for the station in recognition of the "United for Youth" public service announcement that she produced in collaboration with The Procter & Gamble Company.
Connie helped bring the nation's first FM educational public radio station in the nation to be licensed to a retirement community to the airwaves. As station manager at WMKV 89.3 FM in Cincinnati, OH , she oversaw the production of award-winning and internationally-recognized programs, including "Two on the Aisle," a Broadway musical retrospective hosted by (the late) Bill Nimmo, a Cincinnati broadcasting legend. Connie executive produced a song request program in support of Meals on Wheels and a Peabody Award-nominated VJ-Day music and memories radio documentary.
Connie holds a BA in Creative Writing from Eckerd College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Oklahoma City University. She helped found the Anarchist Writers Group at Eckerd College and is a past member of WordSmitten, a writing collaborative in St. Petersburg, FL.
Connie contributed as a guest blogger on behalf of Pinellas Realtor Organization (PRO.) She was co-owner and featured writer for The Island Reporter, a community newspaper distributed throughout Pinellas County, FL.
A U.S. Army veteran, Connie served as a member of Veterans of Tierra Verde and as a member of Veterans of Southern Pinellas County from 2004 to 2017. She founded and served as president of Friends of Tierra Verde, FL, a community action and civic group, from 2004 to 2019, and is a founding member of the board of directors of Media Heritage, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of big band era music and Cincinnati radio and television history.
In addition to writing, Connie enjoys reading and traveling with her husband, Tom. Together, they love to explore antique malls, parks, museums, and bookstores. Amateur photographers, they enjoy taking pictures, especially of their dog, Heidi. They adopted the Dachshund (who thinks she is a Rottweiler) from Sweet Dream House Rescue in March 2020.
ANGEL PHOTO CREDIT: Brad Smith. Brad is an artist and photographer with studios in Cincinnati, OH.