I am an editor, writer, and educator.
I enjoy working with writers of all levels and helping them hone their craft. My approach is instructive, collaborative, and supportive. When you hire me as your editor, I think deeply about your work and provide constructive feedback to help you take it to the next level. My specialties include picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. I also edit memoir, new adult, and non-fiction. I have an affinity for contemporary realistic fiction, novel-in-verse, historical fiction, fantasy, humor and anything that will break my heart.
I am thrilled to be associated with Angelella Editorial, a family of editors with proven professional experience who bring out the best in writers and authors.
In October 2020, I was honored to be chosen by Room to Read as one of 10 editors for the Room to Read Peace & Equality Book Collection.
I’ve been writing professionally for over 25 years. For a long time, I wrote marketing copy for consumer packaging, direct mail campaigns, and company websites. It was challenging and interesting, but writing fiction is so much more fun. As an author, I craft picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, novels-in-verse, and historical fiction. I want my stories to make readers feel more at home in the world. Love, relationships, philosophy, and self-knowledge are big themes of mine.
I’m not yet published, but I hope to be soon. My picture book, The Soapbox, was nominated for the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award at the SCBWI Los Angeles Conference in 2018.
As an educator, I help students get closer to language, craft, and meaning. I’ve taught creative writing, literacy, poetry, critical writing, personal narrative, and ESL to elementary, high school, college, and post secondary students.
I’m an adjunct professor at Cañada College and have guest lectured at Stanford University, Crystal Springs Uplands School, and Sequoia High School.
My Bachelor of Arts in English Literature comes from the University of California at Berkeley. I also have an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (with a focus on writing for children and young adults) and a TESL Certificate from the University of Cambridge.
A few years back, I founded the Middle Grade Lunchbreak, a book club of professional writers who discuss books with an eye for craft. I’ve been the Regional Advisor of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators San Francisco South chapter since 2017. As Regional Advisor, I help members of the children’s book community build their careers, educate themselves, and engage in their community.
more about me
I’m a huge fan of the Oxford comma and spending a weekend reading and sipping tea.
I grew up in Texas where I spent nearly all my summer weekends splashing in the muddy waters of the Gulf of Mexico, building sand castles, and fishing for Texas blue crabs. I’ve made the San Francisco Bay Area my home since 1988.
When I’m not working, I spend enormous amounts of time walking my English Shepherd, Bentley. I like hiking with him through the oak forests near my home, looking for bunnies and mountain lion kittens. I also enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, and sitting around the table with people I love.