My goal is to write books, change the world, and help writers strengthen their own writing.
My story starts the same as many writers. My parents taught me to read at the age of three because they didn't have the time to spend all day reading to me. I didn't start writing until I was older, but I was always telling stories (sometimes to get out of trouble). I tried to write a few stories in my tween and early teen years, but nothing really stuck until before college.
I started seriously writing with One Direction fan fiction (yes, you can still find it out there on the internet) and transitioned to original fiction from there. I fell in love with writing so much that I decided to major in Creative Writing at Lake Superior State University in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I loved my classes, most of them anyway, and was lucky enough to have amazing professors that not only encouraged novel writing but were either already published or working on manuscripts they hoped to get published.
During my first two years at college, I spent that time writing and rewriting my first book. I still remember how I felt when I finished that first draft just before I finished my sophomore year at LSSU. While that book will never see the light of day, those 35,000 words taught me how to push through my fears and that I needed some sort of plot to work off of (I am a proud plantser). I tried to write another book while in college, but nothing really seemed to stick until after college.
After graduating, I had several different jobs which taught me many things I have been able to incorporate into my writing and freelance editing journey. I worked as a freelance article writer for a startup company, a Book Professional at a local public library, and then a Technical Specialist at Apple. Some of the biggest takeaways from those jobs include customer service skills, working under pressure, multitasking, and sticking with tight deadlines. All the while, I kept working on my own writing and dreaming about a time when I would be able to work for myself and share my writing with the world.
In October of 2018 I finished the first draft of my full length novel, ending at just under 110k words. It was the most words I had ever written in a story and there was a cohesiveness that my first novel was sorely missing. Finishing the first draft not only proved to me that the first time wasn't a fluke, but it also showed me that my husband (then boyfriend) really supported my dreams. He pushed for me to get my book bound so I could have a physical copy of all my hard work. Having the book in my hands (with a cover and title Adam picked out himself) really helped me understand how my writing really fit into my life.
I always wanted to work for myself and help others along the way. When I moved from Detroit to Tampa I decided to take the plunge and start my own freelance editing business. It was slow going at first, going months at a time without any clients, but eventually, I got one, and then another, and then another. I am now in a comfortable position with enough clients that I can focus my downtime on my writing.
I published my debut novel, Well of Vengeance, on October 20th, 2020. It's a Ya Dark Fantasy with two strong female protagonists.