I’m a writer, editor, and former English professor living in northern Wisconsin with my husband, three kids, and a dog that likes to be walked twice a day. I have a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin and have taught writing courses at the college level for seventeen years before transitioning to full-time writing and editorial services.
Personal beliefs about the writing process:
Good writing takes a tremendous amount of practice. Thus, multiple drafts are normal and part of the learning process. Writing at any stage of drafting or polishing is empowering and is always worth the effort. Finding a supportive writing group is helpful, and working one-on-one with an editor who understands your vision and your audience can offer insight on the direction of characters, plot, transitions, and mechanics.
My job as an editor is to provide guidance for your project at any stage of the writing process. Working with your personal style and your writing objective, I’ll help you polish your text before publication.
I’m a member of PEN (Professional Editors Network: Twin Cities).
I also work with Orange Hat Publishing in Waukesha, WI:
I’m a columns editor for Literary Mama:
Some of my favorite books: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, Population 485 by Michael Perry, Juliet by Anne Fortier, New York by Edward Rutherfurd, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Some of my go-to English source books: Merriam-Webster English Dictionary, The Bedford Handbook, The MLA Handbook, The Elements of Style by William Strunck, Jr.