I'm an independent book editor, writer, and teacher with close to thirty years of experience working with authors and publishers. Years ago I started my publishing career at Doubleday. Now I develop and edit literary and commercial fiction; memoir; and nonfiction that often involves some aspect of personal growth or social justice. Books I’ve edited as an independent have been published by Grand Central Publishing, Soho Press, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Norton, Harvard Business Review Press, Sounds True, Thomas and Mercer, and Atria, among others. Short story writers with whom I work have been published by An Open Space, Salamagundi, West Branch Journal, and other publications, and have been nominated for a number of Pushcart Prizes.
My own book, Be Safe, Love, Mom: A Military Mom’s Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life on the Home Front, co-authored with Elaine Brye and published in March 2015 by PublicAffairs, has been heralded as book valuable not only for military families but for all American families.
As I see it, an important part of my role as an editor and co-author is helping writers realize their visions. Whether I’m writing, editing, or teaching, the realization of an author’s vision—along with the clear and powerful communication of information, ideas, and feelings through the intellect, the heart, and the gut—is my goal.
For two weeks each summer, I teach the art and craft of book editing at the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I’m a member of the Book Editors Alliance. I live in New York’s Hudson Valley with my husband and son.