Rebekah Sanderlin understands the power of the written word. She’s been a professional writer since 1996, when a nightlife column she penned for a newspaper in Nashville, Tenn. became wildly popular with local readers. Since then her career has taken her to staff writing jobs in Memphis, Ft. Lauderdale and Fayetteville, NC — where she moved after marrying a soldier in 2003.

A blog and column she began writing in 2006 about military family life for The Fayetteville Observer, called “Operation Marriage,” earned her more than 10,000 hits per month, thousands of fans worldwide and caught the attention of numerous print, broadcast and web-based publications, including National Public Radio, MSNBC, CNN and NBC Nightly News, which featured Rebekah in a segment called “Making a Difference.”

Meanwhile, freelance writing opportunities led to her work being published in a host of regional and national publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN.com, The Huffington Post, PBS.org, Military.com, Self magazine, Maxim magazine, Kiwi magazine and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered program, and in late 2013 an essay she wrote was included in an e-book published by The New York Times.

Rebekah worked for three years (2010-2013) as the editor of CityView magazine in Fayetteville, the city’s premier lifestyle magazine, before moving with her active duty husband and family to northwest Florida, where she now focuses on freelance writing, doing both mass market and trade journalism and business writing in the form of corporate white papers, media materials and ad copy for print and web customers.

A newspaper in Nashville, Tenn. once described Rebekah as “a smart young woman not burdened by traditional southern notions of discretion.” She took that as a compliment and turned it into a successful career, earning both first and second place Associated Press awards for feature writing and investigative reporting (four awards total), a South Eastern Journalism Conference (SEJC) award for Photo Journalism and her health writing and reporting landed her a prestigious fellowship from the Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families.

She is currently writing her first novel and is available for freelance journalism, copywriting and business writing assignments.

Rebekah particularly enjoys writing in the third person. It makes her feel royal.