Hello. I'm Marcie Geffner. I'm a freelance reporter, writer and editor in Ventura, Calif., a beach town northwest of Los Angeles.

I've been writing about real estate, mortgages, banking, credit cards and small business, among other subjects, for more than 20 years. My work has been featured by Bankrate, Credit Karma, Entrepreneur, Professional Builder, U.S. News & World Report, and the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. My corporate clients have included Anthem/Blue Cross, Barclaycard, Chase, Discover, Fulton Bank, Key Bank, LoopNet, and Opendoor. I also edit fiction, nonfiction and memoir for individual authors.

I've been honored with four awards for my reporting, three from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) and one from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). My work has been cited in seven nonfiction books and two U.S. Congressional hearings.

My prior employment experience includes three years as managing editor of Inman News, six years as associate and then senior editor of California Real Estate magazine, a short stint in employee communications at California Federal Bank, and six years in technical writing and corporate communications at Tekelec, a telecommunications test systems company. I've contributed reviews of nonfiction books to Publisher's Weekly and genre fiction to Kirkus Reviews.

I'm an honors graduate of UCLA with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. I earned my MBA at Pepperdine University and my certificate in corporate communications at Loyola Marymount University. I completed the nine-month Master Class in Fiction Writing at the UCLA Writers Program.