I know how strange this sounds, but my two primary areas of expertise are yachts and dogs.
Yes, I write about other topics—including advertorial pieces for Atlantic Re:think about big data and the Internet of Things, and occasional political news as a freelancer for The Washington Post—but most of my time goes to yachts and dogs.
The luxury yachts, I have been covering since 2000, when I was executive editor at Yachting magazine. I held that job for three years and then left to open my freelance business. (Administrative tasks are death by a thousand paper cuts.) I’m now recognized as one of the world’s top marine journalists. I’m still on the masthead at Yachting, as a regular contributor and editor, and I’m on retainer for similar work with Yachts International, Soundings, Soundings Trade Only and Angler’s Journal. I’m also a monthly columnist for Boats.com, and I spent three years as president of the professional organization Boating Writers International.
The dogs are my personal passion. I started writing about them after adopting a mutt named Blue whose story begged to be told. My 2012 hardcover book Little Boy Blue was featured on CNN and helped end the use of a gas chamber in a North Carolina animal-control facility. My second dog book, The Dog Merchants, was the lead hardcover title for spring 2016 from Pegasus Books. That book led to legislative amendments regarding dog rescuers in New Jersey and new legislation regarding breeders in Colorado, and was made required reading for animal-law undergrads at Rutgers University (in a course taught by New Jersey’s former state veterinarian). I’ve had dog-related bylines everywhere from Dogster and The Bark to Salon.com, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. Excerpts from my books have run across the spectrum from The New York Post to the New Republic.