You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. –Madeleine L’Engle


Here’s a SparkNotes version of my story.

I am living a childhood dream: I work in a publishing house surrounded by books and people who love books. IMG_1590

It’s as wonderful as you might imagine; it’s harder work than you might imagine. As a senior developmental editor, I’m privileged to help nonfiction authors shape their books and realize their dreams of publication.

Before entering the publishing industry, I worked in nonprofit and higher ed marketing, taught college writing, and founded Word Ninja writing and editing services.

You’ll find my creative non-fiction writing here on the blog and some of my published writing here: Published Pieces.

When I’m not editing books or reading them for fun, I’m filling a 5-subject notebook with my second young adult fantasy.

I believe words and stories should always offer hope. I find that hope in my love for my family, in time spent hiking the local forests, and in Jesus Christ, Lord of my life.

Current works-in-progress

In A Chasing After the Wind, 15-year-old Hattie discovers a rare gift to heal “bleeders” in a post-Depression world of strict religious beliefs and superstition ruled by her grandmother, the town healer. — Young Adult (YA) historical/supernatural

(Series in progress) Armed only with a few weird relics — including their weapon-wielding Aunt Esther — adopted siblings Asher, Quinn, and Gracie battle three folkloric entities from their countries of birth to save the people and place they call home. — YA fantasy

Picture books — I have three in the works on the topics of habitat encroachment, baptism, and irregular plurals!

Professional memberships

The Academy of Christian Editors (ACE)

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

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