Welcome! I'm so glad you've come to visit my small, cluttered corner of the Internet.
Who I Am
Along with being a writer, I am a mom, a wife, an editor, and a freelance ghostwriter. Somewhere in this house, under piles of clean, unfolded laundry are scores of books, short stories and poems that had escaped my thoughts before the time of computers and word processors. Legal pads and notebooks filled with scratched out chicken scratch. And somewhere in this slow, file-filled computer are scores more of my writings and musings. Thoughts that at some point kept both me and my pens entertained for a time. And now, finally, some of these characters and plots will be shared with more than just my husband and a few close friends.
Who I Was
I was born in a U.S. Army base on the edge of a river in Germany and raised in the mountains of Colorado. I attended schools in New England, where I developed a love of the written word, and explored the southern reaches of the United States before adopting El Paso, Texas as my home. There is something calm and powerful about the mountainous desert that I find inspiring.
So why, with so many plots and twists strewn about my living space, why did it take me so long to shine a public light onto them? I have thought long and hard about this, and after months of turmoil I have finally figured out the answer.
The truth is, my life changed in a way that reawakened my imagination a few years ago. I met the love of my life, now my husband, and I felt as though I already knew him. I know that sounds trite and ridiculous… but it was the truth. And it didn't take me long to figure out where I had met him – in my writing. I'm not exaggerating here… I found a poem I had written ages ago that exactly describes the man of my dreams. And I don't mean just looks – tall, dark hair and handsome, that's a fairly common look. But mannerisms, words, habits… Oh yes, this poem described him in detail. I made him up, wrote about him, and then I married him.
Other People's Writing
Back in high school (we won't talk about how long ago that was) my side-job was tutoring other students and editing their homework. They would bring their completed English homework over to my house, my mother thought I had friends, and they'd pay me a little to review and edit their writing.
I continued working a few years after high school, mostly entry-level jobs. And most of my jobs included writing and editing: radio stations, television news stations, website administration. Eventually, I settled on becoming an Creative Writing professor and went back to school.
While in college, you guessed it, I revived my old job at tutoring and editing other students. I even joined an academic writing site where students from all over the world would send in their completed theses and dissertations and I would review and edit them. Eventually, I quit as more and more students were sending in “notes” and asking that I write their papers for them. But that got me to thinking about ghostwriting.
Ghostwriting for academia is unethical — but ghostwriting in general is a huge industry with a long and prestigious history. Perfect. And so, I launched into freelance ghostwriting back in 2005. More than a decade later, I hold two degrees (Human Services: Business Management and Psychotherapy), I still ghostwrite, and I still edit other people's writing. I work as a freelance editor for two publishing companies, but over the years more and more of my clients have been independent authors seeking to self-publish.
What Will I Teach You Here?
I've learned a number of things over the years as I've watched my ghostwriting clients and their successes and failures — and guess what? It has nothing to do with the writing. I mean, it has a little bit to do with the writing, but mostly my clients succeeded or failed based on their marketing strategy. My background in radio, television, and website building gave me some knowledge on marketing but let's face it — authors require a whole different strategy. They require the same overall marketing as what I've been using.
Which brings me to this site. More than three
decades years (I said we wouldn't talk about how long ago I started) of writing and editing expertise, coupled with over a decade of self-marketing advice all rolled into one to help you with your writing career.
And so here I am. Me in all my glory – and the best is yet to come.