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.
While at N.C. Central University, Maria worked as the chief contributing writer for the student newspaper, the Campus Echo. She received "The Independent" Steve Schewel Award for Most Promising Journalist (2001). She also graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
Studied 19th century American literature, narrative theory and creative writing. Completed two theses: One on 19th century American writer Nathanial Hawthorne, and the other a full-length fiction novel for the creative writing program. Won The Robbie S. Knott Fellowship for Fall 2002-Spring 2003.
Maria covered the education beat as a reporter for The Mount Airy News in North Carolina and has written hundreds of articles about education from kindergarten to college for a number of websites.
Maria is a marketing specialist and has written for dozens of websites about online marketing strategies, news and case studies.
Maria has worked as a freelance web writer for a number of parenting and lifestyle sites, as well as writing her own personal parenting blog.
Maria has written hundreds of product descriptions for websites that sell everything from beauty care products to home security systems. She is able to distill the compelling features of a product into a few lines of persuasive text.
Maria has written dozens of press releases on topics ranging from social activism to the launch of a new product. Her background in the newspaper industry combined with her marketing training give her unique insights about crafting an effective press release.
Maria has written e-books and print books on subjects including frugal living and legal advice. She also has a master's degree in creative writing and has written a full-length fiction novel, as well as a serial novel made available for sale. She can write in creative and academic styles easily and understands what's needed to construct and format a full-length book.