I began my writing career in fourth grade when my first essay was published in the local paper. It was about squirrels and parks and it included my school picture, bad hair day and all. In spite of the embarrassing photo, seeing my essay in print gave me enough of a taste of writing to fuel a life-long passion. I grew in my writing style, got my curly hair under control, and earned a bachelor’s degree in English. The two accomplishments from my college years I'm proudest of are being awarded English Student of the Year and winning a C.S. Lewis writing contest (I really love C.S. Lewis).
After college I enrolled in graduate school and taught Freshman Composition as an adjunct instructor. At the same time, I wrote a monthly column for my alma mater’s newspaper and worked for Motorbooks Publishing International. At Motorbooks, I wrote and edited press releases, organized author interviews and related press events, and read unsolicited manuscripts in the hopes of discovering the next J.K. Rowling. That never happened —but it was entertaining.
After earning a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in writing, I began an eight-year career as a high school writing instructor while still teaching at the college level. I soon broadened my experience as an adjunct instructor by developing and teaching a course on how to effectively teach writing.
Somehow in the midst of teaching, editing, proofreading, and giving feedback on hundreds of pages a week, I wrote “A New Statistic,” which was published in Keeping the Faith in Education (Avenida Books). This inspired a renewed focus on my own writing, and I continue to publish social commentary, articles on stepparenting, book reviews, and more — details can be found in my portfolio.
I am now a full-time freelance writer and editor offering a variety of editorial services, including copy writing, ghostwriting, proofreading, copy editing, and fact checking. I live in Minneapolis with my husband and am a proud stepmother of two wonderful children.