She covered technology from the front row when she was an editor at PC World, meeting with everyone from the inventor of the cell phone to the creators of Google. She is a contributing editor for Family Circle and has written columns for PC World, PC Magazine, Family PC, USA Weekend, InfoWorld, and Yahoo Tech, winning a closet full of journalism awards along the way. Her Family Tech column for Family Circle won a Min Award for Best Advice column in 2013. And, most recently, her Daily Deal column at Yahoo! helped consumers find sweet bargains every day. Much of her work on education and child development—especially the worrisome teen years—at
Greatschool.org remains popular with readers years after publication.
She typically covers the point at which technology and parenting, family, and education meet. But, as cars become more technical than mechanical, she has written frequently about that shift in the automotive. She has also covered home repair, personal finance, marriage, divorce, SCUBA diving, and fashion.
For more than 10 years, she has written her blog GeekGirlfriends.com, which takes an irreverent, real-world look at technology and its products for an audience of women who don’t relate to sites such as CNET and Slash Gear but who purchase and use technology in greater numbers than the men those sites serve.
She has been published in Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Science, This Old House Magazine, USA Weekend, PC Magazine, PC World, Family Circle, Working Woman, Yahoo!, Jaguar Magazine, JeanKnowsCars.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many other national publications. Her book How to Be a Geek Goddess (No Starch Press; 2008) is an off-the-cuff guide to technology for the underserved female audience. On the sly, she also writes copy for the websites and marketing departments of private (mostly high-tech) clients.
She lives in Northern California with her two teenagers, a neurotic dog, and two cats who think they are dogs. Like every other freelance magazine writer, she is also writing a novel.