She is open-minded about writing topics, but her goal is to pick up work she finds compelling. She is interested in art, art history, news, health, fitness and programming.
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Darla majored at the University of Nebraska in biology with a minor in business finance.
Darla followed her university education with a two-year study of emergency medical technology with certifications in both Nebraska and New Jersey.
Darla has been a student of the sciences for most of her academic career. She studied biology at the University of Nebraska and continues to take classes even today. Most recently, she completed a virology course with the University of California. Darla is a regular contributor to a mainstream healthcare magazine and ghost writes for a neuropsychologist on topics such as obesity and cognitive functions in children. She provides weekly blog posts to a manufacturer that specializes in single-use medical devices, as well.
Darla has a natural talent for programming, graphic design and website development. Over the years, she has used this talent to supplement her income. She started programming back when personal computers were just hitting the market. Her first program was an accounts receivable system written in Basic for Lotus. The application included a label generation system, payment input platform and a real-time aged trial balance.
She has mastered XML, C+, CGI, PHP and HTML 5 and worked on Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Flash and Word.
As a marketing writer, Darla has been able to stretch her skill set over many different industries. She currently is a regular marketing writer for telecom firms, healthcare facilities and automotive services -- just to name a few. Topics range from channel campaigns, social networking, search marketing, medical marketing, building a brand and finding marketing partners.
Darla's background is in the healthcare industry. She studied biology in college, and acquired EMT certification in two states. Today, she takes continuing education courses in nutrition, virology, global healthcare and the management of neuropsychological disorders, information processing and cognitive science. She has written articles about autism and ADD/ADHD, ghost blogged for a major developmental disorder intervention service and developed news stories for an air medical company magazine.
As a medical writer, Darla made fitness and nutrition a core topic of study including completing a course in Nutrition for Disease Prevention at the University of Southern California. You will find fitness and diet articles with her byline in mainstream publications such as Livestrong, USAToday and Diet Spotlight. She even guest blogged for fitness guru Jillian Michaels.
As a homeowner herself, learning to master home living is not just a hobby, but a necessity. Darla has taken these skills and applied them to her writing. She has produced content that covers HVAC systems, living green, appliance repair and interior decorating.
Darla is an artist and enjoys dedicating those skills to her home, as well. She sews her own curtains and tackles eclectic design projects that require an artistic touch such as trompe l'oeil accents.
Darla has a natural talent for anything computer-related. She has worked as a graphic designer, website developer, database and LAN administrator and programmer. Her friends consider her the 'go-to' person when they have a computer that needs repair or upgrade.
Darla is proficient in multiple computer languages and even taught classes in XML. She still helps manage an automotive website she designed and programmed over ten years ago.
As an avid bike rider, fitness is an integral part of Darla's life. She turned in her car over a decade ago and now uses a bike as her sole means of transportation. As a medical writer, Darla's key focus is weight management for optimal health and physical activity is part of that formula. She writes about safe ways to exercise, how to handle fitness related injuries and alternative ways to get the heart pumping.
Gardening is a favorite hobby of Darla's and a subject she enjoys researching and developing. As a biology major, she has the educational background to understand the science behind plant growth and garden architecture, as well.
After studying biology at the University of Nebraska, Darla went on to a career in emergency medical technology. Now, as a writer, she focuses much of her attention on science-related topics such as medical care, biology and the pharmaceutical industry. Her most recent title involved the use of laboratory management software.
Darla developed a love for science, and especially biology, in her freshman year of high school and continued the study during her tertiary education. As a writer, she incorporates that love into articles about the environment, green living and sustainability, medical care, the pharmaceutical industry and other science related topics. She contributed a number of articles for online science magazine Bunsen Burner.
Darla's background is in healthcare, but she has a natural talent for electronics and computers. She has used this ability over the years to supplement her income. For example, she provided original programming and graphic design to a local car dealership.
For over a year, Darla was a contributor to the New York Times About.com in the Programming and Web design channel. Her specialty was the markup language XML. She wrote online courses in both XML and SVG. Darla also writes extensively about computer and electronics repair.
Darla wrote and published a daily column that covered oddball news stories and satirical commentary. The success of her News of the Day blog prompted her to start a second column titled Brilliance of the Beaten Path two years later. News of the Day manages to add new readers monthly even though her busy schedule gets in the way of publishing fresh articles. Self-publishing these humorous stories opened the door to professional writing positions.
Darla started as a copywriter for an automotive company in 1999 and enjoyed the experience enough to start writing professionally part time. Darla has written for healthcare clinics and created pages for a variety of websites. In the last ten years, she has authored thousands of articles and is now published internationally.
Over the years, blog posts have been one of Darla's key areas of service as a freelance writer. She not only ghostwrites blogs regularly for healthcare companies, doctors' offices, medical services and IT providers, she maintains two of her own blogs that cover odd news and humorous editorials.
After getting a taste of copywriting, Darla decided to try her hand at fiction. Her first short story won Short Story of the Year from a popular literary magazine. Her first novel was listed as a Breakthrough book for 2009.