From a childhood spent staying up late reading under the covers, to serving as the editor of my college literary magazine, to now working as a freelance writer, I have always faced life with a book in one hand and a pen in the other. I believe strongly in the power of words to bring us together, teach us about our past, and move us forward into the future.
I have worked in just about every field of writing (including technical, creative, and journalistic) and I am currently a writer, copywriter, editor, and content manager based in the Ventura/L.A. area. I specialize in content creation, social media, and audience-building through outreach and partnership; and my focus is on education, inspiration, and community. I have worked with several well-known educational brands, non-profits, and legal professionals. (Interested employers check out my portfolio here, all others please feel free to read on.)
I attended college in Southern California and graduated with a B.A. in English. Before college I spent most of my time reading the right books at the wrong times and generally avoiding any schoolwork that kept me from my personal reading list. The result of this was a very unbalanced report card and extremely frustrated teachers.
It has always been my unflagging belief that everybody has the potential to appreciate literature if only they are exposed to the right books, this led me to start the group “Rediscovering the Classics” in 2007, which continues to meet each September to June, and reads one classic work of fiction each month.
When not working, reading, or writing, I am a philosopher, hiker, nature-lover, and story addict.
20 Questions for a Bookworm
Desert Island Book? Bullfinch’s Mythology
Hamlet or King Lear? King Lear
Favorite Austen? Sense & Sensibility
Guilty Pleasure? Romance Novels
Embarrassing Unread Classic? Moby Dick
Most Anger-Inducing Book? The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is the only book I’ve ever actually thrown across the room
Formative Childhood Read? The Chronicles of Narnia or Anne of Green Gables
A Book Everyone Should Read? The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Favorite Quote? “Not all those who wander are lost.” -Tolkien
Paper or eBooks? eBooks for borrowing, paper for keeping
Writing in the margins, yea or nay? YEA!!
Self-Help Books? Only if travel books count as ‘self-help.’
Irresistible Fiction? Anything by Ann Patchett
Irresistible Non-Fiction? Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me
Best Place to find Quality Writing Online? https://longform.org
Fictional BFF? Raheen and Karim from Kartography (or their real-life creator, Kamila Shamsie)
Best Villain? Whatever’s behind the Pennywise mask
Favorite Place to Read? Cozy arm-chair in my home library
Favorite Reading Snack? Egg-salad and pretzels
Favorite Movie Adaptation of a Book? Stardust based on Neil Gaiman’s Stardust