I was an Air Force brat, uprooted every few years to go on new adventures. I couldn’t have had a better childhood, in my opinion. Everywhere we went, our books were packed up to make the journey with us, familiar and dog-eared and grounding. By the time I turned 12, my family and I had lived in California, Mississippi, Japan, and Virginia, before settling back amongst relatives in South Carolina, home to stay.
I graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture and a minor in English Lit and promptly went to work for a veterinarian as a certified animal health technologist.
After a few years, I went to work at the family print shop, doing a little bit of everything, including operating a 2-color press, until I discovered graphic arts and refused to do anything else. I had found my niche. I worked for 15 years as a graphic designer, illustrating, designing, writing and editing copy for brochures, operating instructions, catalogues, ads, newsletters, etc.
I am now a medical language specialist. I edit medical documents all day long. Grammar is my thing. It has to be.
I’ve always read, well, everything I could get my hands on, and I’ve always yearned to write, but it wasn’t until the last decade that I connected with other writers and readers and started learning more about the two very different crafts of writing and editing.
God bless the internet.
I feel like I’ve been gearing up my entire life to be an editor, in one way or another. My shelves are filled with books about editing and books about writing, novels and cookbooks and travel journals that I’ve collected and loved over a lifetime. Each one has been a step on the path that leads here, now, to editing.