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Meet Anne Fitten Glenn aka Edgy Mama

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anneQuestion: What type of work do you do?  Describe some aspects of your typical day!

Answer: I’m a freelance journalist and photographer. I have two regular gigs: my weekly humorous parenting column for altweekly Mountain Xpress and a local business profile for Sunday’s Asheville Citizen-Times.

I don’t really have a typical day. On deadline days, I’m usually writing and making last minute phone calls and telling people to leave me alone. On non-deadline days, I’m researching and pitching stories and doing interviews and photo shoots. All days include kid wrangling.

Question: How long have you been doing it and what got you started?

Answer: I’ve been freelancing on the side for many years, though I started doing it as my primary work once my youngest kidling started full-day school four years ago. My start in the media world was as the editor and “Dear Annie” columnist for my fifth grade newspaper. I never looked back.

Question: Did you have a mentor starting out? What words of wisdom or encouragement did they have for you?

Answer: I had some great teachers in journalism school, including former AP reporter, Conrad Fink, who taught me how to write a compelling lede. I also was honored to be taught by brilliant writer Peter Taylor, who told me to write what I know after I made the mistake of trying to channel an elderly businessman for a short story.

Another great mentor was former boss, George Stranahan, who told me, “Never do anything for someone else that they can do for themself.” This turned out to be decent life and parenting advice.

Question: What is the most important thing you like to keep in mind? What are your future plans or goals?

Answer: It’s not about me, it’s about telling a great story. That’s all I want to do: keep finding intriguing, compelling, universal stories and telling them well. And I’d really like to syndicate my column.

You can find @EdgyMama online at the Edgy Mama blog or her weekly column.

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