As a kid, my love of reading started before I can remember. But my obsession began with R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books. In my teens, I leaned more toward Clive Barker, to my mom's dismay. One year, a copy of his Books of Blood was all I wanted for Christmas. Though my mom may not have agreed with my preferences, she has always accepted me for who I am and encouraged me to be that person. She saw me through my brief Anne Rice Interview with a Vampire and Queen of the Damned phase, my Stephen King's Dark Tower phase, and my Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth phase. (And the trilogy that shall not be named, the one with sparkly vamps. What? It was a phase!) I guess it shouldn't have come as any surprise that I'd write a few stories of my own some day. Speaking of which...
In March 2013, my youngest daughter was born. Having worked with the older two, I decided to stay home with the last one. Finding myself with much more time on my hands than I thought I would, I decided to take an online writing class. I found Beginning Writer's Workshop via Ed2Go and a whole new world opened up for me. At the encouragement of our instructor, I started a blog and started tweeting. Within months I'd found lots of new people who were also pursuing this writing thing. Within a year or so, I'd started publishing my own short works. Now, three years later, I've finally nailed down my voice and style. I love stories with paranormal elements, especially those that relate to the afterlife or alternate biblical histories, the darker the better. I've also got a soft spot for romance, thanks to grandma.
In 2014, my writing began to shift into editing. I incorporated a critique group into my priority list. If a writer buddy needed a beta read, I jumped at the chance to apply a critical eye as well as positive reinforcement to the task. With every project I worked on, whether I was writing or offering constructive criticism, I aimed to improve my craft. Becoming an editor was never my goal, but as I learned more about the mechanics of writing, a natural evolution took place. My editing skills grew at a much more rapid pace than my writing skills did.
Since 2014, I've edited 5 anthologies, over a dozen novels, and countless independent short works from authors like Alex Nader, Meg Collett, Ken Mooney, Samuel Peralta, and Susan Kaye Quinn.
Get in touch! I especially love to hear from reader-writers (readers who also dabble in writing), editor-writers (editors who dabble in writing) and writer-editors (writers who occasionally edit fellow authors).