Name: Mary Meldrum
City: Troy, Michigan
How long have you been writing?: I’ve been writing my whole life, and professionally for more than 22 years. My history with writing begins with my parents, who were both teachers. My Mom was an English teacher and my Dad taught history, literature, government, geography, and social studies, among many other topics.
Why did you become a writer?: I learned so much from them, with the most important lesson being “never ask teachers for help with homework.” They don’t help. They reply with their own question.
We lived one mile from the library and I went there frequently, along with so many classmates. Before computers, we relied on encyclopedias.
What verticals do you write about?: I graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in zoology because I have an addiction to animals.
I then became a certified court reporter and concentrated on medical and technical depositions. I passed the medical and legal terminology courses by independent study and did very well.
From that marvelous career, I slid into being a freelance writer and worked hard to launch my business.
What is a favorite article you have written in your career?: My favorite article? Wow, I have been all over the map with my writing. The ones that stand out for me include an article I wrote about refugees and another article I wrote about the Militant Catholic organization in Ferndale, Michigan. I could probably name 40 more, but those are the standouts.
What is a hobby or something fun about you?: I play volleyball 3 or 4 times a week. I’m addicted. I also enjoy yoga and boating when I get the chance. Writing is a passion of mine too and I do it a lot.