"A quirky mix of stories, brimming with heart, humor and humiliation. It's like the Island of Misfit Toys wrote a book."

- Lisa K. Nelson, writer for
"Everybody Loves Raymond,"
"Ellen" and Disney's "Crash
and Bernstein," on the book
"Fifty Shades of Funny,"
featuring Aimee Heckel

"Special thanks to Aimee Heckel, for helping me open my heart so I could finally find my voice, and then patiently and persistently pulling me to light." 

- Paige Lawrence, from the 

Acknowledgement of the

book "Renegade Manager." 


Book editing. Travel writing. Fitness, features and humor writing. These are my specialties. 


After two decades of writing for newspapers and magazines, my focus is now books and freelance writing. I have edited, written and contributed to more than 50 books, including many best-sellers and award-winners. I have ghostwritten a handful of novels for reputable authors. I've earned dozens of national and state writing awards, including being named the top journalism graduate in the nation and one of the top book editors in Colorado.


As a travel writer, I was the head writer and editor of TravelBoulder.com. I remain a regular contributor for USA Today 10Best and Fodor's travel books, as well as a luxury spa travel writer and editor for SpaTravelGal.com. I was the Colorado Travel Expert and a content editor for Tripsavvy (formerly About.com). I have traveled the world to write in-depth series about humanitarian issues in Africa and Haiti, as well as arts and culture in China, Peru, Iceland and Aruba. I attended college in Germany and am fluent in German. 


As a journalist, I wrote an award-winning, humorous fashion column and fitness column for the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper in Colorado and was a long-time blogger for HuffPost Weird. I have written on nearly every beat at daily newspapers in Colorado. Health and fitness was a highlight. I was also named Digital First Media's "Modern Lois Lane" for my groundbreaking work in digital journalism. I have been the editor of multiple women's magazines.


Please allow me to woo you with my extended bio and my full resumes here:

* Journalism resume

* Book writing resume

* Book editing resume 

* Social media resume 

* Other published work

* Education and professional activities


* Awards


" ... Your intelligent writing made the process more enjoyable than any other media interview in my professional experience. I think you are tremendously gifted and fiercely soulful."

- Donna Mejia, dancer and professor

"Don't lose your childish curiosity. Question everything and then question that. I'd say that more than 50 percent of my story ideas come from things I see or wonder about on my free time. You're never off the clock when it comes to collecting story ideas."

- Aimee Heckel, writer, Daily Camera,
published in "Journalism of Ideas,"
by Daniel Reimold (Routledge)

Need a freelance writer, Colorado book editor or expert in Colorado travel, fitness or fashion? 
Email me today. 
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