I grew up in San Diego, CA and then joined the military after graduating high school. I was a Chemical Operations Specialist for almost 7 years before getting serious about what I was passionate about. The Army had been good to me–taken me on a few adventures around the world, paid for college, taught me about life, and introduced me to amazing people–but, I had sat in the DEP Program at the age of sixteen and shipped out at seventeen years old; six years later, I was a completely different person. I was a dumb, young kid when I signed up and in 2011, I was an adult who wanted different things. By then, I had also started a family–with another soldier–and I never wanted my son to have to worry about both of his parents shipping out at the same time, ever again.
I initially wanted to focus on the culinary arts, food, and culture so even went and earned a degree in culinary arts before getting my BA in English. I eventually graduated with a BA in English with a minor in business administration, cum laude, the winter of 2015. I recently earned a MPS in Publishing with a concentration in Technology and Design from George Washington University.
I live in Killeen, TX with my beautiful family and work in publishing!
My love for literature and creating books/magazines started very early, and one of my regrets is that I didn’t save any of the books I’d made as a kid. I also wish that I had started this career sooner but, better now than never.
WHAT I DO IN REAL LIFE
- I serve the writing community as a publishing professional, wearing a few hats but there’s one word I feel covers everything for the most part: editor. I’m an assistant acquisitions editor, book editor, proofreader, manuscript formatter, correspondent, writer, freelancer, and so forth.
- I proofread write, edit, and assist. I typically work with essays, book manuscripts, and business documents. I’ve also been known to ghost write web content. I’ll be honest though, ghost writing isn’t my favorite thing to do.
- I design. I have my designs up on internet shops and even had a few put on hundreds of game mats. Cool, right? I also get to design marketing and advertising pieces and book covers. I’ve designed logos and brochures for organizations, too. My love is really in typography and book covers-–go figure. I also enjoy photography!
- I’m constantly learning, trying to be the best version of myself, and creating. I love art and working with creative people so I try to fill my days with both.
WHERE MY HEART IS:
- Women’s and children’s causes.
- Veteran organizations.
- Art, creation, and design.
- Criminal justice/true crime.
TALK TO ME ABOUT:
- Shows: The Office, The Magicians, The Walking Dead, The IT Crowd, The Dead Files, etc. I’m a true crime nerd!
- Movies: I Am Legend, Hot Fuzz, Wreck-it Ralph, The Great Gatsby, Hunger Games, Moulin Rouge, Sucker Punch, etc.
- Music: classical and electronica are my favorites. As long as it’s not vulgar or yelling/heavy metal, I’ll listen to it.
- Books: I’m not your stereotypical English major; don’t talk to me about Jane Austen–ever. I enjoy thrillers and horror the most but to be honest, I like anything that makes me think critically or that is so impactful it makes me cry. My favorite books of all time are Through the Looking-Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
- My weirdness: I collect and love miniatures, and basically geek out over the art of story development.