MFA in writing, Washington University; MA in English, Syracuse University; BA in journalism, Marquette University. Formerly a full-time newspaper reporter and magazine editor, I taught creative writing at Washington University from 1989 to 2010, then in the online MFA program at Lindenwood University for six years, and developed a following as an independent book and manuscript editor. I work for a publisher in Washington, D.C., and am the author of five books under my own name and three under a pseudonym.
Over 31 years I taught creative-writing strategies to students who kept going and became published authors. I belong to writers’ groups and workshops. I “get” literary references and Latin puns; know the proper order of the Greek and Hebrew alphabets; studied Russian and German; have taught The Bible as Literature; read, write, and transcribe Gregg shorthand; have won prizes for poetry and prose. I love literature. I have given papers at academic conferences in the U.S. and Ireland, craft talks and readings and presentations at innumerable writing conferences and workshops, both in person and via video link. I have been honored to judge many literary contests.
I like editing because I help authors write better books, and I enjoy reading tomorrow’s literature today.
Are We Angels: A Nurse's True Stories (nonfiction), by Jessica Patton, R.N., 2020.
Whispers of the Heart: A Memoir (memoir), by Uma Eachempati, 2020.
Tetrabiblos for the 21st Century (translation), by Sylvia Sky, American Federation of Astrologers, 2020.
Walking at the Speed of Light (memoir), by Cheryl J. Heser, Morgan James, 2019.
The Good Time Girls: Voices from Beyond the Grave (poetry), by Gail Marshall, Pisces Sun Press, 2019.
Hope After Trauma and PTSD (nonfiction), by Sydney Segen, 2018.
Decoding Sylvia Plath's "Daddy" (textbook), by Julia Gordon Bramer, Magi Press, 2017.
Decoding Sylvia Plath's "Lady Lazarus" (textbook), by Julia Gordon Bramer, Magi Press, 2017.
35 Tips for Writing Powerful Prose Poems (nonfiction), by Kaye Linden, CreateSpace, 2017.
Who Am I and Where is Home?: An American Woman in 1931 Palestine (biography), by Andrea Jackson, 2017.
Life, Love and Loss: Short Stories and Poems Based on True Events (memoir), by Magdalin Szabo, Lulu, 2017.
Galloping Horses (biography), by Xu Fangfang, Beihong Arts Publishing, 2016.
First Rodeo (novel), by Judith Hennessey, Sparkpress, 2016.
Bodies in the Creek (poetry), by Maurice Hirsch, 2016.
35 Tips for Writing a Brilliant Flash Story (nonfiction) by Kaye Linden, Kindle, 2015.
Limping Along by Mary Elizabeth Moloney (memoir), Heart Whisperings, 2015.
No Time to Say Goodbye: A Memoir of a Life in Foster Care (memoir) by John William Tuohy, Litchfield Literary, 2015.
Attitude + Advocacy + Adaptive Technology = Academic Success (nonfiction), by Natalie Phelps Tate, Individual Learning Solutions, 2015.
Icarus Flees the Garden of Earthly Delights (poetry), by Tim Leach, CW Books, 2015.
Sun Sign Confidential: The Dark Side of All 12 Zodiac Signs (nonfiction), by Sylvia Sky, Kindle, 2015.
Fixed Stars Govern a Life: Decoding Sylvia Plath (scholarship), by Julia Gordon-Bramer, Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2015.
Through the Eyes of an African Immigrant (fiction), by Unknown Melody, AmericaStar Books, 2015.
Rails and Ties (poetry), by Maurice Hirsch, 2014.
The Church of Forgiveness (memoir), by Deborah Allen, Wingspan Press, 2014.
The Devil Came to Town and the Angels Followed (nonfiction), by Bonney Hogue Patterson, Strategic Books, 2014.
Gravity Box and Other Spaces (science fiction), by Mark W. Tiedemann, Walrus Publishing, 2014.
Fishing for Light (novel), by Nathaniel Sewell, Kindle Edition, 2013.
Bonded and Hitting It Off: Horoscopes of Christian Grey and Ana Steele (nonfiction), by Sylvia Sky, Kindle Edition, 2013.
Elizabeth: Learning to Dress Myself From the Inside Out (autobiography), by Elizabeth Moloney, 2012.
Off the Leash (memoir), by Jean Ellen Whatley, Blank Slate Press, 2012.
Teacher of the Year (novel), by Edward Scott Ibur, Kindle Edition, 2012.
Gibbons Street (poetry/creative prose), by Sue Mayfield Geiger, America's Press, 2011.
Born Again Afresh (nonfiction), by Memory Bengesa, Author House, 2011.
Rising Above Enron: An Insider View of the Collapse (nonfiction), by Carey Falter, 2011.
Swimming Solo (memoir) by Susan R. Rava, Plateau Books, 2011.
Hunted in the Heartland: A Memoir of Murder (true crime), by Bonney Hogue Patterson, Eloquent Books, 2010.
The Black Garden (horror novel), by John S. McFarland, The Patrice Press, 2010.
Diana of the Dunes: The True Story of Alice Gray (historical biography), by Janet Edwards, The History Press, 2010.
The God Whom Moses Knew (faith-based novel), by J. Roger Nelson, WestBow Press, 2010.
The Book of Sins (urban fantasy novel), by Angie O'Gorman, PlainView Press, 2010.
Unending Struggle: The Long Road to an Equal Education in St. Louis (history), by Gerald W. Heaney and Susan Uchitelle, Reedy Press, 2004.
Death of a Red Heroine (detective novel) by Qiu Xiaolong, SoHo Press, 2000.
The Man in the Arena: From Fighting Isis to Fighting for My Freedom (autobiography), by Eddie and Andrea Gallagher with Andy Symonds, Ballast Books, 2021.
Aoratosia: Invisible Within (science fiction), by J. M. Manyanga, Big Brains Publishing, 2021.
The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: Surviving When Life Sucks (memoir), by Dr. Tom Schneider, Ballast Books, 2021.
In Indian Territory: A Story of Two Families (novel), by Bob Jackson, 2021.
I've also helped authors develop publishable magazine and newspaper articles, chapbooks, ebooks, and short stories, or format their manuscripts for submission to publishers.
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