The only child of parents both named “Pat”, Rebecca E. M. Gaffney grew up among the snowbanks and great lakes of Buffalo, NY. A ballet dancer and lover of all things academic, her toes were en pointe, her nose was in a book, and her heart was drawn to the big world outside the Rust Belt.
Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, which she considers the best decision she’s ever made. While attending graduate school for arts management at American University in Washington, D.C., she worked in development for both Maret School and The Washington Ballet. Senator Ted Kennedy confused her for a high school graduate of Maret School at the age of 23; this shining moment in her career was trumped only slightly by traveling to Havana, Cuba with The Washington Ballet for a historic cultural exchange.
By means of marriage, Rebecca moved to San Diego (County), CA. Although the marriage dissolved, an accomplished career as an entrepreneur and event producer arose. Rebecca and her business partner, Mia Saling, built Red Letter Days Events to be a premiere wedding and event planning company in Southern California, creating celebrations that often required security and a stiff cocktail post-strike. After 10 years of business, they decided it was time to retire the schematics and headsets for the achievement of personal goals outside fairytalelandville.
And here we are. Rebecca’s third “career”, writing, that which she feels she was always called to do, brings forth eatingatme, the ongoing tale of how Rebecca has put her toes in the sand, her nose in her morning pages, her heart on her sleeve, and her appetite on overdrive.