I grew up in a small town in northern Michigan, idolizing Amelia Earhart and living up to the gracefulness of my fictional namesake, Amelia Bedelia. With a sword-stick in one hand and a novel in the other, I explored the universe on the woodsy 10 acres of my childhood home. My explorations eventually led me to complete an liberal arts degree at Northwestern Michigan College, after which I completed an internship at at Thunder Bay Press, a regional publisher located in the Greater Lansing area. I was quickly promoted to the full-time position of Administrative Assistant with Thunder Bay Press’ sister companies, Partners Book Distributing and Partners Publishers Group. In this position, I experienced the full spectrum of book publishing, from a book’s conception, to manuscript editing, design layout, print, marketing, and distribution/wholesale. The highlight of this period was becoming a fellow editor of Views of Michigan, a regional photography book.
In 2015, I transitioned into the academic sector and began working with University Advancement at Michigan State University. This allowed me to work in university event management, communication design, and non-profit support. My experience as an administrative coordinator has allowed me to assist with program development, manage unit communications, all while pursuing a degree in professional writing, publishing, and editing.
In the coming year, my freelance editing services will be available. I will also continue writing in my current role, and for my own creative endeavors. I explore a wide variety of topics in my writing from free-form poetry, to informative non-fiction and genre fiction. My purpose as a writer and editor is to to amplify diverse voices and perspectives through storytelling. What am I up to when I’m not writing or reading? Collecting books, of course! I also get into philosophical debates with my husband (which is loads of fun) and spend time fuzzling my dog and two kitties. I also (try) to keep up with housework, my fellow bibliophiles, and… well… life!