Born in Budapest, Hungary, I grew up in New York City. I received an undergraduate degree (English) from Duke University and a graduate degree (Public Relations) from The American University.
I began my writing career as an advertising copywriter for a high-tech, business-to-business ad agency in Washington, DC. I turned freelance in 1984 and quickly achieved success serving clients in the information technology and telecommunications industries by virtue of being fast and accurate. When potential clients ask me why they should hire me, this is what I say:
I write faster than any writer who writes better, and I write better than any writer who writes faster.
My family includes Anna Beth Payne, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Counseling Center at Susquehanna University, a small, liberal arts college in Selinsgrove, Penn. We have two children. My son Dan is a software engineer working for San Francisco-based Salesforce.com. My daughter Rachel recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts and is now working as an Account Director at Blue Fountain Media.