Where were you raised?
On the shores of Seneca Lake in a small town in Upstate New York called Geneva.
So, what do you do for fun?
Both John and I are really into music, so we often have music playing in the background, whether on Pandora or our record player. We like all kinds, from ’60s and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll to disco to salsa to the grunge music of the ’90s. We even like Weird Al — in fact, we just saw him in concert this past weekend for John’s birthday. It was an entertaining show.
When did the idea of becoming a writer start?
My freshman year of college I majored in biology. I thought I wanted to by an OBGYN and help to safely deliver babies into the world. I soon learned I have absolutely no rote memorization skills. I would study, study, study before a test, but after, everything I had learned would disappear. I decided science and math weren’t for me and had to really think about what I was good at. I’d always loved to write, so I switched to English my sophomore year and, well, here I am.
What’s your day like as an editor?
That’s a hard question. No day is ever the same. On any given day I might be overseeing a photo shoot, interviewing someone for a story, meeting with the heads of local charities to form sponsorships, designing an ad promo for the ad sales reps, or writing/editing for the magazine. It sure keeps things interesting!
Which story in your portfolio are you most proud of?
I’d have to say the Syracuse Woman Magazine March 2015 cover story, when I interviewed MaryJo Heitkamp-France. I met MaryJo matter-of-factly, and realized there was a major need to share her story. Her daughter passed away nine years ago because of a drunk driver driving a boat. MaryJo is currently advocating to get the current DWI law changed by implementing “Tiffany Heitkamp’s Law,” a NYS Senate bill that would link all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, whether it be an automobile (DWI), snowmobile (SWI), boat (BWI) or all-terrain vehicle, together during sentencing of a subsequent driving while intoxicated conviction. For example, a person convicted of BWI would have that charge considered during sentencing for any subsequent DWI, SWI or ATV offense.
I am always in love with your fun and lovely outfits. Where do you shop normally?
I try to shop local as much as possible. I regularly frequent maeflowers vintage in Tipp Hill, and absolutely adore the owner, Shauna. The polka-dotted white skirt is from there. The yellow skirt was purchased from Showoffs Boutique in Armory Square. Also, in some of the photos you’ll notice I’m wearing a beautiful blue enamel bracelet with a sparkly white leather band — that’s from Michelle DaRin Fine Art Jewelry, another favorite.
It was a pleasure meeting John. You have talked great things about him many times. How did you two meet?
He tattooed me. After completing my first-ever triathlon in 2013, I decided to reward myself with a beautiful blue and green sparrow tattoo. We talked the entire time and really hit it off.
What’s your favorite thing about John?
He accepts me for who I am. He doesn’t try to change me. He understands that I have flaws and doesn’t judge me for them. He’s the only person in the world who I feel like I can be myself in front of. Oh yeah, and he makes me laugh.