My dirty little secret.
Few people other than close friends and family knew I suffered a financial disaster after loaning money to my husband’s start-up. Plus, I discovered a shocking secret he kept for a decade.
I felt stupid, ashamed, and embarrassed.
However, not only did I survive this debacle, but my experiences led to new careers in personal finance and writing.
I published a book of stories that real people shared with me, Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads: True Stories of Friends, Family, and Financial Ruin, available at Amazon, on the iBookstore, and at Barnes & Noble for Nook.
Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads won the 2015 Plutus Award for Best New Personal Finance Book.
So how did I get here?
During a hiatus from a corporate career, I created and directed a pilot personal finance program for 500 low-income individuals.
I served as one of the founding volunteer moderators on the myFICO community forum.
Today I’m a freelance writer on personal finance and lifestyle topics. I’ve been featured in Forbes, Time/Money, U.S. News & World Report, msn.com, MassMutual, The Huffington Post, GOBanking Rates, Business Insider, PBS/Next Avenue, and other fine media outlets.
The rest of my resume is a checkerboard.
I’ve had gigs like sailing Caribbean yachts and negotiating megabucks contracts for a Fortune 200 technology company.
I have a BA in Russian Language & Literature from Duke University, and an LLB and Masters of Law degrees from the University of Sydney. Yes, in Australia.
I have no interest in coffee but a passion for Twizzlers red licorice.
Author photograph by Carl Bower