* Editor, Johanna McCloy 

Dare to be Fabulous features women’s personal stories of daring, joy, and empowerment. Have you heard the adage “compare and despair?” Dare to be Fabulous proposes this antidote: “relate and celebrate!”

Every woman’s personality and circumstances are unique, but we can all relate to how it feels when we dare ourselves to cross a personal divide, enter unknown terrain, take a chance, shift perspective, face a fear, or stretch a little. Liberating ourselves from long-established routines, behaviors, expectations, or fears, can be very empowering, and in some cases, it can bring a healthy dose of levity and laughter. 

Story contributors range from well-known women like Gloria Steinem, all the way to one woman who remains Alcoholic Anonymous. The personal is universal, and the universal personal. Every affirming action reverberates into the world and bolsters others in its wake.

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About the Editor

Johanna McCloy lived in Spain, India, Japan, and Venezuela, before attending Duke University and getting her B.A. in International Comparative Studies and Anthropology. She is a freelance writer and editor, a SAG-AFTRA actor with starring and guest starring roles in TV and film, and a plant-based food advocate responsible for opening the door to veggie dogs and other options in MLB parks.

Johanna is also the editor and publisher of her mother’s memoir, Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother by Lillian McCloy, which John le Carré describes as “a charming and unusual portrait of the secret life.” 

Samples of Johanna’s published writing

Personal essays: “My father, the Spy,” Duke Magazine (“Before/After” in the print edition, pg 24-25); “Delhi Diary,” India Currents; Truckin‘,” Dare to be Fabulous

Articles:Kathleen Courtney is Behind the Scenes at Alameda Point,” Oakland Magazine; multiple articles for Truth Atlas

Op-Ed: Bill is needed to help restore California as film capital,” Bay Area News Group (Op-Ed published in 11 daily and weekly newspapers)

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