Betsy Fitzgerald wrote for New York Times and several other newspapers in Connecticut before jumping into fiction.
I was born in Somers, Connecticut, a small town nestled against the Massachusetts border. We lived next to my grandparents’ dairy farm, surrounded by cornfields, hay meadows and tobacco sheds.
My mother worked for the Springfield, Mass newspaper as a stringer. She let me help her take phone calls from the local funeral home and write obits. There was little room for creativity but I would see my work in print as she measured the newspaper columns–she was paid by the inch. I went on to study journalism at the University of Connecticut, with my first mentor, Professor John Breen. I jumped shipped early and began a career as a reporter, first with community newspapers and then as a regular contributing writer for the New York Times.
I lived in New Haven, Connecticut for many years and fell in love with great pizza and abundant arts, especially theater. Now? It’s Plymouth, Massachusetts, just a ways down the coast from Boston with a view of the water, a sea breeze and enough sunlight to keep me happy.”
Fitzgerald found her way back to college, graduating from Quinnipiac University earning a liberal studies/communications degree that incorporated all her favorite areas of writing: film, journalism, essay, theatrical and fiction. She is a founding member of the Island Writing group and a member of Duxbury Writing Group. While working on her fiction, Fitzgerald has held communications and public relations positions for a variety of non-profit organizations, as well as owning a communications/marketing consulting company. She is married to a fellow writer, parent to two above average daughters and enamored with good-looking Waffles the Lhasa, adopted from the MSPCA.
Prizes and recognition include Santa Fe Writers Project, Laurinda Collins Whitney Short Story competition, and Connecticut Writers’ Short Story competition. Her public relations work has garnered awards from the Public Relations Society, New England Society Healthcare Communicators, and Telly awards.
Her earlier work appears under the name of Betsy Percoski.
photo by Marcie Giannattasio