I have five full-to-bursting binders of stories I've written -- everything from personal essays and narrative non-fiction to travel, health and relationship features; as-told-to profiles; teen advice columns and quizzes, plus the occasional celeb interview. And that's just the print stuff. I've lost track of the online stories, but they're all out there somewhere.

The samples here include some of my all-time favorites -- the ones which leave me excited to write more.