Something about Billie
I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was just six years old.
I cut my journalist’s teeth covering local government and general features for weekly community newspapers like The Advocate (Madeira Beach, FL) and The Gulf Beach Journal (Madeira Beach, Treasure Island), and made my editorial debut at the Pinellas Park (Florida) Beacon.
When cable television came to town, I decided to try my hand at electronic media and went to work as a field reporter for Vision Cable of Pinellas (now Bright House Networks), the flagship system for Vision Cable Communications. Soon, I was a show producer, then Community Affairs Coordinator, and, finally, Program Manager, overseeing a staff of about 27 producers, directors, reporters, and videographers.
I also worked on developing the Community Access Training Program, teaching the public how to make their own TV shows.
In my spare time, I owned and operated a coffeehouse/art center called CAMS – the Consortium for Art and Media Studies.
For four years, CAMS was a rare gem on the west central Florida arts scene, launching several talented musicians on their careers.
It also provided a base for Full Contact Poetry, which featured Bob McCann, Paul Watkins, and me, as well as invited guest poets. Together, we developed programs for the St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading, First Night/St. Petersburg, Central Florida Mensa, and several local libraries.
It was during this time that I began writing the first in my series of children’s story-poems about savvy, spunky, six-year-old Sal, and that launched me into still another artistic arena. I’m a semi-professional storyteller!
I never got the ink out of my blood, so no matter what my day job was, I always kept busy with my first love by writing newsletters or feature stories as a freelancer, and edited a couple more weekly papers as well as a monthly music magazine.
I decided to go all-freelance, all the time in May 2008, and here we are.
If you want a writer with a diverse background, who can bring artistic flair, journalistic integrity, and marketing sense to your writing projects, you’ve found her!
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