@writer4u Not recently active ProfilePostsFriends 0Groups 0 View Base Name Mary Yuhas University University of Illinois Field of Study Elementary Education Current Research Projects Everything I write is a research project as I do not write opinion pieces. Because I wrote for newspapers for many years including USA Today, I am accustomed to sourcing everything I write. Melding accuracy into an interesting and informative piece is critical to me. Books/Papers Authored I wrote, “Just Like My Mother.” It is my over 83,000 word story of growing up with a paranoid schizophrenic mother. Using Twitter, I had over 90,000 reads on the first three chapters on Scribd.com. I am on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. I’ve written hundreds of newspaper and magazine stories over the years as listed below. Current Employment For the past 17 years, I have been a freelance writer. I love the freedom and variety it offers. I have written for the Sun-Sentinel, USA Today, the Washington Times, China Daily USA, Harvard Square Editions, AOL/Mapquest, Florida Design magazines, Palm Beach Media Group, Gulstream Media Group, JES Publications , Boca Observer among others and performed investigative reporting for US Weekly magazine. Previous Employment Early on, I spent my time being a wife and mom. A huge learning experience and something I will always be grateful that I was able to do. I have a view of business from behind the scenes. My husband was an executive with a small defense company and was preparing to become president when he unexpectedly died from a heart attack at a young age. I always wanted to be a writer and when the opportunity unexpectedly showed itself, I jumped at the chance. I started writing biographies about artists at RFA, one of the largest art dealers in the country, and was able to expand from there. I will always be grateful to Howard Rosenbaum, the CEO, for giving me a chance. Bio I am extremely fortunate in that I have been able to write. It has allowed me to meet people I never would have met and share their stories. People I have interviewed include CEO’s and a U.S. president’s cabinet member to individuals living in high crime areas and everyone in between. My most challenging story was writing about a little girl who spent time at a burn camp for children who were severely burned. I was terrified to interview her, but her bravery and incredible story allowed me to forget my fears. The most fun was sleuthing for US Weekly. I lived the good life at a five star resort while checking out the scoop on some A-listers and their love lives. The most difficult was starting a vlog – the first reality vlog. I interviewed “real” babyboomers, learned to use the software in a week as my “tutor” left for college, filmed, edited and posted it. A wonderful learning experience. I’m always up for something new. I attended a script writing conference and wrote a screenplay based on a newspaper story I wrote earlier about women recovering from addiction, It would probably be suitable for a Hallmark production or Lifetime. I enjoy thinking out-of-the-box and having the opportunity to be creative.