I'm the author of Mercy: A Memoir of Medical Trauma and True Crime Obsession. To learn more about this title or to order, please visit the publisher, Barrelhouse Books, Amazon, or Bookshop. You can also read excerpts from Mercy and other writings on the My Writing page.
As an editor, I specialize in memoir and the personal essay. I also provide fiction editing services; I've worked with writers of fiction on a diverse array of projects, including fantasy, thrillers, and historical novels. I'm happy to work on short pieces as well as book-length manuscripts.
Since 2004, as a memoir editor and fiction editor, I've helped writers of all ages, skill levels, and interests to view their work and their abilities in a new light. I live in South Burlington, Vermont, but I send and receive manuscripts primarily through email, so I can work with you no matter where you live.
In the forms of memoir, essay, and fiction, people have brought me stories and meditations on a wide range of subjects: childhood, adolescence, family history; love, marriage, parenting; illness, disability, recovery; death, dying, grief; and spiritual journeys. I don't think of particular subjects as taboo.
My approach is simple: I encourage, I challenge, I meet you where you are and show you where you can go from there. While keeping your personal goals foremost in my mind, I suggest ways for you to streamline and clarify your writing, to make it as engaging and powerful as it can be. Most people find that it's equally helpful when I point out what they're already doing successfully as when I specify the areas in which they can improve.