I've always loved helping other authors...
I'M A COACH
What is your favorite part of the coaching process?
Getting to the end of the story and having the "next steps" discussion is my favorite part.
What's your coaching style like?
I'm a big-picture coach. I'm looking for the threads that tie the story together and how to weave them together for maximum tension and emotional impact.
What genres do you love to edit?
I can help authors in any genre, but I particularly love MG/YA fantasy, contemporary, and magical realism and literary adult work.
What do you love most about editing?
That "Ah ha!" moment when what I'm saying clicks with a client and they know exactly what they need to do is sublime!
Who's your ideal writer match? What are you looking for in a coaching client?
I'm definitely looking for someone who is open to feedback, willing to make big changes, and willing to push themselves. I'm not a "layer of polish" type of coach. I'm definitely the "dig deeper" type.
What was the moment when you felt like a real book coach?
I've always loved helping other authors, but I really started to feel like a mentor and coach when I started working for Author Accelerator in 2016.
What's been your greatest achievement in coaching so far?
I was really nervous about taking on my first memoir client because it's not something I would have considered a strength. I worried that I couldn't help someone with a story that was so personal, or that my fiction background would make me struggle with how to shape a story when you can't change the details of what actually happened. But my client and I clicked and its ended up being one of my favorite (albeit emotionally challenging!) projects.
How did you hear about Author Accelerator?
From another writing colleague who works for Author Accelerator.
IN MY DOWNTIME...
What's your favorite word?
What genres do you love to read?
Fantasy, contemporary, literary, magical realism
What are five of your favorite books?
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
- Six of Crows
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
- Flora and Ulysses
How about nonfiction?
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
- March by Geraldine Brooks
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- Two Truths and a Lie by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson
Who are five of your favorite authors?
- Barbara Kingsolver
- Michael Chabon
- Leigh Bardugo
- Kate DiCamillo
- Roald Dahl
If you could meet any author, who would it be and why?
J.K. Rowling because I'd love to pick her brain about her world-building, which is superb!
What are you most excited about right now?
I'm thrilled to be a PitchWars mentor in 2017 after being a mentee in 2015. But I'm also really excited to step us at co-regional advisor for my local SCBWI chapter. The writing community has supported me so much over the years that I'm pleased to be able to give back!
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
The High Queen of Narnia
What does a typical day look like for you?
I get up, drink a cup of coffee, get my kids out the door to school, then sit down to write, edit, or work on SCBWI-related duties (I'm the co-regional advisor of SCBWI Western Washington). When I need a break, I go for a walk or go putter in my garden in the woods.