I’m a Midwestern girl with a lifelong love of words. I spent my childhood reading and writing, and I didn’t think twice about entering a rigorous writing program after high school. I graduated from Northwestern College (now the University of Northwestern—St. Paul) with a B.A. in English Writing and internship experience in nonprofit writing and book editing. While I was there, I created professional and creative portfolios under the watchful eyes of professors published in their fields, and my coursework included writing style and advanced grammar and syntax.
After three years of teaching Spanish at Liberty Classical Academy, I now teach secondary writing classes for homeschool students through the ESCHEL co-op. Teaching and editing are both jobs that combine two of my loves—shaping words and helping others—so I consider myself blessed with a rewarding work situation. I’m also volunteering as a grant writer for Source Ministries’ Annex Network: a Minneapolis-based program that houses and mentors women and girls who have been freed from sex trafficking. My plate is full, but so is my heart.
When I’m not working, you’ll probably find me reading or writing for fun. I read widely, so my bookshelf is a mess of character-rich fantasy and science fiction novels next to heart-touching memoirs and eclectic books in languages I have yet to learn. My notebooks and hard drive are full of short stories and novel fragments that speak of longing, struggle, and hope. Murakami’s character Junpei puts it best: “I want to write stories that are different from the ones I’ve written so far…. I want to write about people who dream and wait for the night to end, who long for the light so that they can hold the ones they love” (“Honey Pie”). Like Junpei, I read, write, and wait for morning.
A Few Work Notes:
I use standard American English and the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style for all book edits. If you have a different style guide that you’d like to see followed for your web content, I’m willing to work with that, too. I use Microsoft Word’s in-text comments and Track Changes features for most editing jobs, and I bill clients through PayPal unless otherwise agreed upon ahead of time.
If you want to know more about my experience and process, send me an email! I’m happy to answer your questions, and it would be my privilege to represent you.