Nancy O’Shea grew up in Pella, Iowa and graduated from Drake University with a BA in English. After college she worked as an editorial assistant and reporter for the Des Moines Tribune, a now-shuttered afternoon newspaper that shared operations with the Des Moines Register. While in Des Moines, she also was writer and editor of the Iowa Methodist Medical Center’s employee newsletter. In subsequent years, she lived in Washington, DC and Chicago where she worked in several positions ranging from real estate sales agent to special education teacher before returning to journalism and public relations. Most recently, she was public relations director for Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. She also edited and contributed articles to the museum’s membership magazine.
After 17 years at The Field Museum, she retired and since then has participated in memoir and creative writing classes organized by Northwestern University and Chicago’s Center for Lifelong Learning. She now lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband James. The couple has two adult children