I’m a queer creative from Illinois. I have a weakness for chai, clothes from the 1920s, house plants that are unlikely to stay alive, and If I could move to Iceland and read books for the rest of my life, I would.
I’ve been a reader my whole life, and I’ve always been drawn to fantasy novels.
When I was young my mom would take me on weekly library trips, and I would take as many books as I could carry. When I was in my preteens I read every book I could find on the publishing industry and how to write great stories. In my early teens I found the online book community, where I made friends through NaNoWriMo and mutual suffering from drafting (kidding, but only a little bit). And throughout my teen years I found that I loved breaking down stories and plots and tropes. Every piece of media I came into contact with I tried to analyze it and figure out why it worked and why it didn’t.
I traded manuscripts with some friends, and did some casual developmental work. I fell in love almost instantly. I loved dissecting the plot, characterization, themes, tropes, and relationships. And the creativity I found was incredible! There’s something special about those early drafts, and the raw creativity that’s there. My goal is to be an editor that nurtures that creativity and voice.
I got my copyediting certification even though I knew copyediting wasn’t my passion, and now I’m currently a student, getting my Editing and Publishing Certificate from UCLA. I also consider myself a lifelong learner, and am always reading new writing craft books, watching seminars, and engaging with the community.
To be very clear, I don’t tolerate racism, sexism, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, or any other form of discrimination. I will not work with anyone who exhibits this behavior.