Hello and thanks for stopping by. I’m Britt and this site will give you an idea about who I am and what I’m about.
Over the years, I’ve worn the hats of exhibiting artist, art therapist, author, business consultant, influencer marketing strategist, keynote speaker, social media correspondent, podcaster, producer and most importantly mom and wife. If you search my name online, you can find links to most of this stuff and more. However, I’ve come to a point where all the skills I’ve gathered must be put to use for one goal.
In 2016, I cleared the deck of all consulting and service-based work to focus on something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time — write a YA novel. I outlined the story by writing a feature length screenplay and created a story bible full of illustrations and collages. Sounds crazy, but I’m a visual person, so it worked wonders for me. From there, it took a few weeks to complete the 55,000 word first draft. That was the easy part.
“Nightingale Dreams” is a coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old girl who stands at the convergence of creativity, psychosis and intuition facing a medical system that is preventing the evolution of humanity.
(Looking for comparable titles to get a better idea of the story? Combine the medical diagnosis conundrum and challenging romance experienced by Madeline in Nicola Yoon’s “Everything, Everything” with the power of psychic abilities to heal both the living and the dead in M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Sixth Sense” and you’ll end up with the flavor of “Nightingale Dreams”.)
As soon as I finished the initial draft, the perfectionist in me reared her ugly head. Growling and belittling and begging me to listen to her laundry list of potentially great, more likely disastrous ideas. I found myself overcome by an obsession with the craft of writing. In some ways it feels like I’ve created my own MFA program. Only the graduation date is elusive and depressing. The desire to edit this manuscript FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE is a terrifying possibility that keeps me up for nights on end.
I’m wrapping up the final edits on this sucker before starting the query process this fall. Time to spread your wings, “Nightingale Dreams”. As much as I have loved every moment of your birthing process, I have too many stories to tell to get hung up on the first.
I believe true beauty comes from the transformation that blossoms out of hardship. The unique embossment of adversity presses upon us all like a fingerprint marks our uniqueness. My mission is to open your eyes. Invite you in. Stir your consciousness with a taste of awareness, so your life is altered just enough to make a difference.
My purpose is to remind you that life is worth living even when it hurts. But, especially when it makes you smile. Thanks so much for stopping by.
If you have any questions, thoughts or comments, I’d love to hear from you! Email works best.
With three daughters between the ages of 11 and 17, I’m up to my ears in teen drama, so naturally I ooze YA stories.
Drawing on my background as a mother of three with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and as an art therapist working in a hospital, “Nightingale Dreams” gives glimpses outside of fiction and into many hidden truths.
Here’s a video I made for fun during the screenwriting phase of this process. The story has evolved quite a bit, but if you’re curious, this should keep you interested in reading the book.
Over the past decade, I’ve written for my own and numerous other publications and corporate blogs as an author and ghostwriter. My posts and presentations have been shared everywhere from Apple Music and Yahoo to Open For Business and of course all over social media. My work has appeared in many outlets covering a range of topics including Social Media, Social Good, Influencer Marketing, Mobile Tech, Small Business, Film, Books and Arts & Entertainment.