The short version:
I am a Story Grid Certified Developmental Editor, which is a fancy way to say that I help writers learn to tell their stories better by focusing on writing, reading, and living with intention. I spend my time traveling the world, writing whatever takes my fancy, and deconstructing the many stories I read on my blog to better understand craft. Ultimately, I believe that stories are the only way to change the world, which makes writers mighty powerful people.
A little bit more reading:
I studied biochemistry and Spanish with minors in math and biology (try saying that five times fast). I’ve been to Peru, England, Poland, Germany, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Ireland, and Scotland some entirely on my own. And, I’ve had many jobs that got me to where I am today from bookseller to flavor chemist.
Though it took a lot of time and self-help (books, courses, you name it) to realize that I could make money doing what I loved (and thus didn’t have to follow anyone’s opinion on how to live my life), I don’t regret a second of it. It sparked an intense study of Story and got me to where I am. Now, I’ve read more books than I can count on writing: on theories, on structure, author perspectives, how to write. You name it, I’ve probably read it, own it, or have heard about it and have it on my list.
What took my knowledge to another level was The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne. His work provided me with a language to describe Story, giving me the analytical tools I’ve always craved. In 2017 I studied with Shawn in person and become a Story Grid Certified Developmental Editor.
Though I’m grateful and find it to be a great editing tool, I have a hard time writing using Story Grid. So, I’m in the process of creating my own tools to help writers (and, let’s be honest, myself). My focus is writing masterfully, reading actively, and living intentionally because I believe that’s key to producing the work you want to get on the page. And, I’d like to keep it fun along the way.