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I’m an award-winning author, speaker, and freelance writer. I’ve written articles, blogs, and books as well as internet content. I have a concise, easy style that sells, entertains, and explains. Let me help you put your ideas into words that effectively promote your interests, whether in newsletters, blogs, white pages, or your web site. As a retired English teacher, my grammar is impeccable—well, mostly. Already have something written? I'm a quick and thorough editor. 

I’ve published numerous articles, hundreds of  newspaper columns (health, fitness, and travel), and three books:


    Britta's Journey ~ An Emigration Saga
    Istanbul's Bazzar Quarter, Backstreet Walking Tours
    You must only to love them, Lessons Learned in Turkey

I'd be happy to help you with all your writing needs.


Life has been good to me.

As a retired English teacher, I’m free to enjoy my northwoods home with my dog, Libby, my husband Jerry, and my many adventurous friends.

I grew up in the Twin Cities (Hopkins) and moved north with my young family at age 26 to the wilderness my husband and I had always loved. I have two (wonderful) grown sons who have moved to California and Puerto Rico (sigh...), though that offers me an excuse to visit them when I feel sunshine deprived (which can happen in my north woods).

After 30 years of teaching (in Columbia Heights and Grand Marais), I opted to hop overseas to complete my teaching career in Istanbul. My goodness, what a stunning world! I wrote weekly “missives” about my experiences. (amershon.edublogs.org)

I treasure my years teaching in Istanbul, but it’s great to be back in my north woods home, exploring the natural environment that drew me here. Every week I’m out hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, skiing, or snowshoeing, whatever the weather allows. Let’s see--what other activities could I think of to fill my days? Knitting, reading, beadwork...no time for TV!

As my father always said, "Life is beautiful!"

Of course, Dad also said, "We'll trade you in for a pig and shoot the pig" and "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." His good nature and humor influenced me immensely.

Kayaking on Lake Superior is one of my favorite activities. We take a week-long trip on a section of the lake every summer.
Jerry Wilkes and Ann Marie Mershon,
married on September 5, 2015
Autumn hikes with friends are sheer joy. Left to right, Me, Annie DeBevec, Thelma Hedstrom, and Jeanne Hedstrom.