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For my first organized foray into writing I wrote a vampire romance novel where the protagonist-lovers constantly bared their fangs at each other. I was eleven years old. It was summer. I was reading lots of Bram Stoker. I was madly in love with a sixth-grade crush I won't slander here by naming. Somewhat needless to say, I needed a good editor badly.
My understanding of storytelling has come a long way since then. I promise.
I hold an MS in Journalism from Columbia University and an MFA in English from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where I studied fiction writing with some of America's finest novelists, including Marilynne Robinson, Lan Samantha Chang, Kevin Brockmeier, Alexander Chee, and Michelle Huneven. My debut novel, The Lowering Days, is coming out in 2021 with HarperCollins in the United States and Editions Gallmeister in France. My short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in national publications such as the Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Epoch, Tin House, Narrative Magazine, The Chicago Times, The New York Times, and Consumer Reports.
I started as storyteller, became a journalist for a while, realized I was fiction writer at heart, and developed into an editor as I came to understand the importance of great editing in crafting great storytelling.
I primarily work as a book-length editor these days for both traditional publishing houses, trade publishers, non-profit organization, and individual authors. As an editor I specialize in non-fiction, with a particular emphasis on medical writing, science writing, social science writing, environmental writing, and business-related books. I also occasionally take on a novel. Some of my past and current clients include Random House, BenBella Books, Consumer Reports, The New York Times Company, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, Beyond Type 1, The Mayo Clinic, Healthline Media, The University of Iowa Press, Bull City Press, and the Jenny Holzer Studio Gallery.
I'm proud of my adaptability and versatility. Today an editor or a writer can't be just one thing. My goal is always to create work that's right for the client: that speaks in his or her voice, supports his or her brand, and achieves his or her goals. You may not even know exactly what you need. Let's talk. Writing and editing aren't just acts of composition after all; they're acts of imagining and envisioning.