An essentialist and proponent of work-life integration, I believe that writing and editing are a way of life, the deliberate refinement of thought and action that results in contributing at our highest level.
I am a ghostwriter and collaborator, book doctor, developmental editor, and writing coach who works with graciously ambitious people whose mission is to educate, inspire, and empower people to embrace their highest selves and make bold, life-changing moves.
Mission and Values
My mission is to help purpose-driven, results-oriented people use the power of words to spread messages of strength and hope that lead to personal and/or professional growth.
I practice Triple Bottom Line accounting and am committed to building a sustainable business. For details, read My Triple Bottom Line.
I am an inclusive business person. I do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, country of origin, age, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, gender identity, or sexual orientation in any of my activities or operations and will not contract with any author or vendor who demonstrates a disregard for the dignity, safety, and overall well-being of any other person or group.
- grew up in a home without a television but with hundreds of books
- tested out of high school
- higher/continuing ed
- graduated magna cum laude from Boise State University, Anthropology (focus: medical anthropology)
- Cultural Awareness Training certificate
- Keys to Effective Editing certificate
- former National Chapter Director for the Nonfiction Authors Association
- former judge and Editor Judge Coordinator for the Idaho Author Awards and North American Book Awards
- a GRAMMY Award-winning artist
- a debut novelist who recently signed a six-figure, world rights book deal with Harper
- a TEDx speaker
- an LGBTQ advocate and regular contributor to the Huffington Post
- transformational life coaches and educators, athletes, entrepreneurs, attorneys, and physicians
- Workshops include
- The Power of Purposeful Language
- How to Write a Book Proposal
- How to Think Like and Work with a Developmental Editor
- Idaho Health and Welfare Epidemiology Conference
- Evolutionary Medicine and the Heterozygous Advantage
- Smart Women, Smart Money
- Balancing Fixed and Variable Investments
- Toastmaster's International speech contest winner and former club president
- IDAHO magazine
- Idaho Business Review, columnist
- Unbound Northwest, regular contributor
The "Writerly" Version
I grew up in a home without a television but with hundreds of books. I have been a lover of words and voracious reader since early childhood. I graduated magna cum laude from Boise State University with a degree in Anthropology. (Fun fact: Linguistics is a sub-field of anthropology.) I also hold Cultural Awareness Training and Keys to Effective Editing certificates from Boise State University.
I am a former National Chapter Director of the Nonfiction Authors Association, member of the Idaho Writers Guild, and active in the Idaho Association of Professional Editors and Writers.
My business background includes risk management and insurance and investment sales. When I was eight years old, I started my first business. It was a snail stand. It was an epic fail. I've experienced failure and success in subsequent endeavors: The entrepreneurial life is never boring.
My clients include a GRAMMY Award-winning artist, athletes, entrepreneurs, physicians, attorneys, and advocates. One is a debut novelist who recently signed a six-figure, world rights book deal with Harper.
All are people of words and action. (To my great dismay, none have shown any interest in gastropods.)
I am an enthusiastic public speaker. I regularly teach workshops on topics of interest to authors, entrepreneurs, and editors. I've also competed in speech contests; presented at Boise’s annual Smart Women, Smart Money event; and co-presented with epidemiologist Dr. Robert Graff at Idaho Health and Welfare’s 2013 Spring Epidemiology Conference. (If you ever want to distract me, bring up bugs or evolutionary medicine.)
These represent my style and voice. When ghostwriting for clients, my writing reflects their style and voice.
The Fitness of Business: How Embracing a Multi-Sport Lifestyle Can Make You a Better Businessperson (health and business, Unbound Northwest)
All Squirrels are Freelancers: Business Lessons from a City Park (business, Unbound Northwest)
The New Battleground: Compliance Risk and Bathroom Access for Transgender Workers (risk management and insurance, Idaho Business Review)
The Downside of Anti-theft Tracking Software (risk management and insurance, Idaho Business Review)
Sometimes I write about my outdoor adventures. In 2015, IDAHOmagazine published my first piece of commercial narrative nonfiction, Love on the Rocks: The Romance of Climbing. I also write about the digital nomad lifestyle, adventure sport and travel, and work-life integration on my site Outside Is the Best Side.
To date, I have not commercially written about slimy, creepy-crawly things. I have, however, on several occasions spoken publicly about entomophogy.