I love words and always have. My family nickname growing up was the Walking Dictionary because I would spend hours with my nose in a dictionary or a thesaurus looking up words.
I wrote my first story when I was about ten years old about Ginger, my Cocker Spaniel. That’s not very original, I know, but hey, I was only a child!
I kept writing after that, a lot of fanfiction (even before I knew it had a name) and some original stories, too. My teachers praised my creativity, although they wished I would spend less time with my head in the clouds and more time paying attention in class!
As I grew up, I knew I wanted to write or at least work with words, but as life happens, I ended up working for an insurance company after college instead.
It was boring and unimaginative work, and I hated it. I moved from company to company, hoping it would get better, but it never did. It took an injury to get me to re-evaluate my career choices, and I decided to become a freelance writer and editor instead of returning to the corporate rat-race. It was the best decision I ever made!
In the ten years that I’ve been freelancing, I’ve discovered that I love improving other people’s writing even more than creating my own. To that end, I’ve specialized in copy editing, which I’ve done through experience, online learning, and keeping my copies of Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style” and “The Associated Press Stylebook” close to hand.
When I’m not finding typos and comma splices, I’m writing fanfiction, usually about the handsome and stalwart Commander Cullen, of Dragon Age fame. And yes, I’ve still got my nose in the thesaurus!