When my mom went into labor on New Year’s Eve, her greatest fear was not that something would go wrong but that I would be the first baby born in the new decade in San Mateo County–and she would have to have her photo in the local newspaper. Fortunately for her, Lawrence Gallagher arrived at 2:35 am in South San Francisco. Unfortunately for me, I’d have to find another way to get my name in print.
Enter life as a writer.
After earning an English degree at UCLA and serving a stint as a senior editor for a sleep research professor there, I took the leap into freelance journalism. I began writing mostly health and parenting articles for magazines like Parenting, Parents, and AARP. As the Internet grew, my writing broadened to include sites such as EverydayHealth.com, SheKnows.com, and others. (I also received the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Award for Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence.)
Over time I expanded into content marketing writing as well. I have written articles and white papers about a variety of subjects including hemophilia, multiple sclerosis, clinical trials, and value-based healthcare for companies such as BayerHealthCare, Medtronic, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
I also write fiction which allows me to combine my love of stories with my interest in health. My novel Perfect Memory uses Alzheimer’s Disease and Hyperthymesia (perfect recall) to explore the idea of identity through the uncovering of family secrets. I also cover craft, marketing, and the publishing industry for the Women Fiction Writers Association’s bimonthly newsletter.
Born and raised in California, I now live in New Jersey with my husband, 3 kids, 2 cats and 1 very neurotic dog.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.