For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the written word. I loved having stories read to me when I was a very young child. Once I was able to read on my own I was very rarely seen without a book in my hand. I started writing my own stories when I was about four or five years old, and I never really stopped writing.
I developed my love of editing much later in life. I would edit things as I wrote, but I didn’t always realize that was what I was doing, especially not when I was young. When I was an undergraduate psychology major, I found that the part I loved most was spending hours researching in the library and writing papers. I’d examine every word once the writing was done to make sure that each paper said exactly what I wanted it to say. All my friends brought their papers to me to edit for them because they knew I enjoyed it and knew I would do a good job helping them. They didn’t always appreciate my extreme attention to detail, however.
Once I obtained my master’s degree and realized that a career in academia was not what I desired for my life, I returned to my first love—the written word. I’ve been working as a professional editor and a freelance writer ever since, and I’ve never been happier. I’ve done some online article writing. I’ve written, edited, and self-published two fiction books. I’ve also been a contest judge for the Memoir category of the Eric Hoffer Award for excellence in self-published books.
I’m thrilled to be joining in with Evolved. I love the team atmosphere and the overarching commitment to quality, two things in which I believe strongly. When I’m not reading, writing, or editing, you can find me either singing, making jewelry, or hiking through the woods with my husband and two little girls.