Hello! I'm a French-American writer and editor based in the Pacific Northwest.
I write about estrangement, motherhood, memory, and books. My work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Room, Permafrost Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Literary Mama, and several anthologies, including the forthcoming Sharp Notions: Essays from the Stitching Life (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2023). I'm the editor of a collection of essays and poetry titled Broken Free: Writers on Cutting Ties, currently in development. I often write book reviews and interview authors. An avid reader, I favor literary and speculative fiction, memoir, and mystery.
I edit fiction and nonfiction. I've worked with editors or as an editor for over twenty years, and I'm an alumna of the editing program at the University of Washington, where I was professionally trained in all levels of editing. Since 2015, my work has centered around developmental editing and editorial management. My editorial approach is rooted in honesty and compassion, and I have an excellent track record with happy clients. Do you have a project that needs editing? Please contact me to discuss it; I'd love to hear from you.
Alongside freelance editing, I provide my editorial management expertise to self-publishing individuals and organizations like the Artful Editor agency. I'm the former managing editor of Literary Mama, an online literary journal about motherhood, and Quiltfolk, a print magazine about textile arts. My career includes extensive project management experience in publishing, advertising, marketing, and other fields.
Occasionally I offer workshops and presentations to writers and aspiring editors — visit my Teaching page to see what's coming up. I also serve on the editorial committee for Creative Colloquy, a literary nonprofit based in South Puget Sound. I belong to various professional organizations including the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Northwest Editors Guild, the Authors Guild, and Hugo House.
I hold a master's degree in sociocultural anthropology from Columbia University in New York. My thesis focused on the storytelling of memory in documentary films of war. I obtained my bachelor's degree from the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, where I was selected for the Intensive Film program. For many years I wanted to become a documentary filmmaker. That passion for true stories evolved into my love of creative nonfiction writing.
I grew up in France and moved to Austin, Texas, as a teenager. I've lived in New York, San Francisco, Nashville, and Seattle. I currently reside in Tacoma, Washington, where you can often find me stitching, practicing yoga, gardening, or strolling rocky beaches with my family.