I am a published writer of nonfiction and a literary editor specializing in memoir and fiction.
Since 2015, I've worked as an editorial freelancer with a variety of clients: first-time authors, magazine writers, editors, professors, quilters, and more.
Below you can read about my approach, background, and education.
From the big picture to the tiniest detail, I collaborate with you to make your story shine. My mission is to guide you toward the best possible version of your writing while respecting your voice and vision. In editing, I keep at heart the best interest of both reader and writer. My editing approach is rooted in compassion and honesty.
I am a graduate of the rigorous Editing program at the University of Washington where I was trained in all aspects of editing. My passion lies with developmental and line editing, but I can assist you with coaching, copyediting, and proofreading as well.
As a writer myself, I understand the sensitive nature of letting an editor touch your work. A manuscript is like a baby: your editor should be a thoughtful caregiver.
Editorial Freelancers Association
ACES: The Society for Editing
Pacific Northwest Writers Association
National Association of Memoir Writers
My career includes a decade of project management in advertising, marketing, and film production. Project management honed my organization and collaboration skills. Marketing taught me the impact of clear communication. Film production was both exacting in budget and time constraints and exhilarating in terms of team work.
For several years when my children were born, I was self-employed as a textile artisan and wrote a popular sewing blog called Stumbles & Stitches. My mother and grandmothers always had a needle in hand when I was growing up; stitching felt genetic. That work led to publications in craft books and a stint as managing editor for Quiltfolk magazine.
I write creative nonfiction in prose and poetry. My work has been published in Room magazine and more. The craft of language has been woven throughout my career.
I hold a master's degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from Columbia University in New York and a bachelor's degree from the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin where I was selected for the Intensive Film Sequence.
After completing the Editing program at the University of Washington, I deepened my expertise with professional development courses like Editing Memoir and Advanced Developmental Editing through the Editorial Freelancers Association.
I have taken myriad writing classes and workshops with Hugo House, Seattle Writes, Hedgebrook, and Creative Nonfiction among other organizations. Some of my favorite teachers have been memoirists Theo Nestor and Claire Dederer, fiction authors Karen Finneyfrock and Jennie Shortridge, and mystery writers Ingrid Thoft and EC Murray.
I grew up in France and I am fluent in French. I moved to Texas as a teenager and have lived in New York, San Francisco, Nashville, and Seattle. I love to travel and my most vivid travel memories are from the stunning coast of Ireland.
I currently reside in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband, our three children, and a cat. When I'm not engulfed in words, you can find me practicing yoga, engaging in a creative activity like sewing or painting, or enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with my family.
The Writer's Portable Mentor by Priscilla Long
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
Your Life as Story by Tristine Rainer
On Writing by Stephen King
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
Steering the Craft by Ursula LeGuin