I’ve waited tables at a Huddle House, operated tanning beds, sold nursing uniforms, made court exhibits, wiped noses at a day care center, and sold bicycles to Manhattan kids who hadn’t learned to ride. I was a college drop out with no marketable skill, but I’d collected a lot of stories.
So, I started to write. I published personal books, and then – with startling clarity – realized I’d run out of things to say. I was in my thirties and it seemed two books about my life were quite enough. That’s when I started ghostwriting for politicians, celebrities, and media personalities.
As a ghostwriter, I barreled down the interstate in a Presidential campaign bus while being chased by CNN; I sat in an Olympic training center and watched backflips on a balance beam; I attended the live, televised wedding of America’s favorite Bachelor; I heard first hand accounts of communist oppression from a Chinese dissident; I talked to a man in federal prison who’d killed his fiancé; I flew on a rickety Donald Trump campaign plane fearing I might crash; I got to see the famous Iron Dog race on a frozen lake in Alaska; I made sure the body makeup of a Dancing with the Stars contestant was just right; I was on the set of NBC News when the impeachment of Donald Trump broke.
Now, I’m a New York Times best-selling author, who considers telling the stories of others a sacred privilege.