Fourteen years experience as a print journalist, with time spent as a reporter, editor, and freelancer; proven reputation for thorough research and attention to detail; award-winning writer with the ability to write articles that are both clear and engaging; record of working independently and in high-pressure situations; self-starter with strong attention to detail, organization and time management; record of reliable and quality freelance writing and editing with fast turnaround time; expert knowledge of SEO and online marketing strategies, including content marketing, keyword research, and social media marketing; proven ability to quickly process and explain new information and concepts; excellent communication skills, both written and oral; knowledgeable about search-engine optimization and marketing; proficient with numerous computer programs, social-networking media and blogs.
Maria specializes in making the complex easy to understand for a lay audience. She has covered every subject, but specializes in marketing topics, education, parenting, home design and lifestyle (such as weddings, fitness, pets, and more).
Maria has a diverse range of personal and professional interests that inform her writing. She lived in South Korea for a year and has traveled extensively. She is a musician who plays the flute and the guitar. She is creative in many forms, including DIY projects like sewing and doll making, as well as home decor and design projects. She is as comfortable making doll sweaters as she is building retaining walls. She is also widely read and a movie buff.
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