After spending the majority of my career working for three major telecommunications firms (the most recent as a Circuit Design Engineer), I decided I wanted something more out of life. Photography and writing had always been a passion of mine. My passion came to fruition about nine years ago, when suddenly I found more free time than I could have imagined — in the form of a company layoff!
Now, years later, I’m a multi-award winning author, photographer, and poet, and freelance for publications nationwide — penning stories on travel, architecture, food, gardening, the ocean, and people making a difference. In my spare time, I pen inspirational essays and poems weaving universality through travel, nature, family, and animals.
“FOLLY BEACH DANCES” – The Infinite Rhythms of a South Carolina Seashore, is my greatest achievement. This ‘healing’ coffee table book of lyrical photographs, poetry, and prose published in May 2014, by Ocean Spirit Photography, includes reflections from five award-winning women authors, including myself and husband. It tells the story of sandpipers, dogs, babies, and structures moving in infinite rhythm with the sea.
I credit my deep affinity for the ocean, nature and savory food to my parents. My father, a chief petty officer in World War II, spun tales of exotic ports of call and countless ‘fish’ stories. My mother, a sketch artist, master gardener and cook, developed my sense of taste and sight, and feel. Vacations found us exploring the Southeast in May, and the Great Lakes region in fall.
I’m a member of Saturday Writers, previously serving as Membership Chair, Photographer and Publicity Chair. I’m a member of Columbia Chapter of Missouri Writer’s Guild, past Board Liaison Officer (Missouri Writer’s Guild), and Saint Louis Writer’s Guild.
When not writing, I’m discovering new beaches and coffeehouses with my husband and two canine kids.
Four cat children, round out my family.
I tweet at @ShereeKNielsen & @follybeachdance.