Believe me, I know how strange this sounds, but my two primary areas of expertise are yachts and dogs.
I do write about other topics—including advertorial pieces for Atlantic Re:think about everything from big data to the Internet of Things, and occasional news coverage of political events as a freelancer for The Washington Post—but most of the time I’m working with content that involves yachts or 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. (I loved the content work, but not the administrative hassles.) My byline has continually appeared since then with various marine magazines and websites, and I’m recognized worldwide as one of the leading journalists in the field. I’m still on the masthead at Yachting, too. I’m the title’s charter and consulting editor, which means I help to write and edit everything from the print magazine to the website content. I also do freelance editing for Yachts International, Soundings, Soundings Trade Only and Angler’s Journal, and I write regularly for YI and Soundings as well.
The dogs, I started writing about after adopting a mutt named Blue whose story just begged to be told. My first foray into dog writing was in 2012 with the publication of Little Boy Blue, a hardcover from Barron’s that earned national awards, 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 New York Post, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and New Republic, and I really enjoy doing investigative journalism that helps to make a difference for the dogs.
Will these two areas of expertise ever come together? It’s hard to say, but I do have a second rescued mutt, Ginger, who is a natural swimmer. Maybe I can get her onto a megayacht someday. You never know.