Celia D. Hayes earned a degree in
English Literature (California State University Northridge, 1976) before
an un-slaked thirst for adventure and foreign travel
led her to enlist in the United States Air Force. She trained as a radio and television broadcast technician, and served for 20 years in places as various as Greece, Spain, Japan, Korea, Greenland and Ogden, Utah, in a wide assortment of duties and pleasures which included midnight alt-rock DJ, TV news anchor, video-production librarian, radio and television writer and producer, production manager, base tour guide, and on one colorful occasion driving a bright orange Volvo sedan across Western Europe from Athens to Zaragoza, Spain, accompanied only by a small and cranky child.
In 2002, she became a regular contributor to the
military-oriented weblog, “Sgt. Stryker’s Daily Brief,” now The Daily Brief, writing essays and
commentary on matters historical, personal, political, cultural, literary and
military under the "nom du blog" of "Sgt.
Mom". She took over as senior editor/manager of the popular site in 2004. She is
also a member of PJ Media, a conglomerate of other
social and political weblogs, and of the “Milblogs Ring”, a similar association
of military and veteran weblog writers and
producers. She is also a founding member of the Independent Authors Guild, and serves as their website manager.
She has worked as an office administrator and manager, catalog editor, executive secretary and classical music announcer, before deciding that writing full-time was what she really, really wanted to be doing.