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.
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.
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.
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!