Hello! My name is Donald Vaughan, and I've made my living with words for more than thirty years. During that time, I have worked as a staff writer and/or editor for The Lake Worth Herald, Your Health Magazine and The National Examiner. For the past 22 years, I have worked as a full-time freelance writer, publishing more than 1,700 nonfiction magazine and newspaper articles and writing, co-writing, ghosting or contributing to thirty-two books. Among them: an examination of theColumbia space shuttle disaster (Sixteen Minutes From Home (with Mark Cantrell for AMI Books) and two celebrity autobiographies (Hollywood Inside and Out: The Kenny Miller Story and Reel Tears: The Beverly Washburn Story, both for BearManor Media).
Over the past four years, I have also worked on fourteen books for Illinois-based Publications International Ltd. I was the co-author of 500 Things to Do Before You Kick the Bucket, and have contributed to several volumes in the popular Armchair Reader series, including editions on Hollywood, Christmas,
dogs, Ohio, Texas, New York City, and the Bible.
In addition to writing, I teach Freelance Writing for Beginners through the continuing education program at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a result of that association, I founded the Triangle Area Freelancers (TAF) writers' group. Now known as the Triangle Association of Freelancers, it has evolved into the largest organization in North Carolina devoted exclusively to nonfiction freelance writing. In 2005, I was profiled in Writer’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books) in an article about successful national freelance writers. A follow-up profile appeared in the 2006 edition.
In 2009, I tapped my journalistic skills as a researcher for the television series I Survived on The Biography Channel. My duties included finding and interviewing
individuals who had survived extraordinary circumstances, and writing a comprehensive report about each for the show’s producers. Among those I interviewed, and who were featured on the show, was a California woman who had been viciously mauled by a mountain lion, and a North Carolina woman who
had been shot nine times and left for dead as part of a violent gang initiation.
I’m also a public speaker, lecturing often on freelance writing, censorship and other topics close to my heart. In recent years, I have been a featured speaker at the annual conference of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), where I have lectured on writing and promotional opportunities for nurse practitioners in private practice. And in 2009, I was a featured speaker at the annual conference of the Garden Writers of America, where I spoke on “Conducting the Perfect Interview.”
I don’t know where tomorrow will take me - but as long as I’m writing, I'm happy.