Editor of Select Fiction and Nonfiction
When I was five years old, I lived a hundred feet from Carter Glass Library in Reston, Virginia. I haunted the place. When I was thirteen, Reston’s Used Book Shop opened its doors. I discovered the golden age of science fiction.
I majored in comparative literature at the University of Virginia, graduating at age twenty with three journal articles accepted for publication in three different fields. I got my law degree at William & Mary Law School and went to work immediately as a prosecutor.
I am now in my second career as an editor and ghostwriter. I left the legal profession so as to care for a family member whose needs began to escalate in 2013. The only regret I have is in not switching to editing and ghostwriting sooner. I miss the courtroom. I do not miss the conflict baked in to the practice of law. I love editing and ghostwriting.
I made the decision to join the profession on September 30, 2013, but I did not open my virtual doors until early 2015. You don’t go to bed a lawyer and wake up an editor, and I made sure to get the right coursework, training, and mentoring first. I am a member of ACES: The Society for Editing and the Editorial Freelancers Assocation, and I have taught webinars for the Editorial Freelancers Association, ACES, Communication Central, Editors Canada British Columbia, and Northwest Editors Guild. Like every professional, I take continuing professional development classes.
When I am not editing or ghostwriting, I read detective fiction, science fiction, speculative fiction, and dystopian fiction (also known as Tuesday), as well as select nonfiction. My own police procedural/science fiction crossover, A Million Monkeys, is on the desk of a developmental editor, and I’m currently writing the second book in the series, Sick Puppies.
I was an AstraZeneca Stage III COVID-19 vaccine trial participant who got the vaccine, and I’m boosted with the Pfizer vaccine, which kind of makes me feel like a member of a family where two sides like rival sports teams.
During the pandemic, I stopped drinking lattes and sodas and eating salads and, in two and a half years, gradually lost over forty-five pounds. I have kept it off.
In 2013, I started practicing Tactical Black Krav Maga and ultimately earned a black belt. My fight school continues to be my happy place. I have osteoarthritis, but I achieved my goal of being totally unremarkable among the black belts, and I continue to not stand out in class in any way. To defend yourself, you don’t have to be the best, you just have to be good enough, and I am. I will continue practicing until my joints turn to dust. I do have a third degree black belt in taekwondo and some hapkido, but I stopped practicing those styles in 2012.
I could tell you my favorite books, but the list is too long. My favorite Scotch is Glenlivet 14 and my favorite wine is Terrain Vineyards Red Blend ($4.99 at Trader Joe’s).
I have two editorial assistants. The senior assistant is Joey, a large dilute calico, and the junior assistant is Frederick, a 75-pound Jack Russell terrier/American Quarter Horse cross.
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