Finding Happy . . . A Memoir
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About The Author


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Connie was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

With a professional background in commercial and public radio, Connie helped bring the nation's first FM educational public radio station (WMKV 89.3 FM) in the nation to be licensed to a retirement community (Maple Knoll Village in Cincinnati, Ohio) to the airwaves.

During her tenure as WMKV's station manager, Connie executive produced numerous award-winning, internationally-recognized programs, including "Two On The Aisle," a Broadway musical series hosted by Cincinnati broadcasting legend, Bill Nimmo. Additional projects include a VJ-Day music and memories radio documentary, talk-format programming and historical retrospectives, as well as big band era music and historical retrospectives.

Connie served as underwriting director at WVXU 91.7 FM, a public radio station then licensed to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. At WVXU, she garnered an OBIE award for the station in recognition of the "United For Youth" public service announcement that she produced in collaboration with The Procter & Gamble Company. Connie got her start in radio as a sales coordinator at WEBN 102.7 FM, Cincinnati's legendary rock format commercial radio station located in Hyde Park, Ohio.

Connie holds a BA in Creative Writing from Eckerd College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Red Earth Low-Residency MFA Program at Oklahoma City University. She is broker/owner of THINK Realty LLC* and serves as a substitute adjunct professor at St. Petersburg Collegiate High School.

An Army veteran, Connie served as a member of Veterans of South Pinellas County from 2004 to 2017 and served as founder and president of Friends of Tierra Verde, a community action and civic group she founded, from 2004 to 2019.


Connie has enjoyed a lifelong love of writing. Her favorite genres are creative non-fiction, flash fiction, memoir, and poetry. At the moment, she confesses to being obsessed with lyric and narrative essays.

Connie's writing has appeared in numerous literary journals, published anthologies, community and mainstream newspapers, and, most recently, in a college-level pedagogy textbook.