Like most writers, I started writing at a young age, and it stuck with me.
I spent 4 years in the U.S. Air Force, and then earned my bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Carolina. After that, I worked as a journalist and then managing editor of a local newspaper for several years.
I earned my Master’s of Fine Arts degree in fiction from the University of South Carolina, where I was able to study with some great writers and mentors.
Since that time, I have been an editor at Arcadia Publishing, working on nine years now. I have also taught writing and composition at the university level for the past 12 years.
As an editor, I have been project editor for more than 250 titles in history, true crime and culture. I have been able to learn vast amounts about writing and the publishing industry. I have spoken at writing conferences and attended many meetings with writer’s groups and historical groups. I have worked with well-known veteran authors and first-time writers alike. That range has allowed me to hone my own editing skills by working with people all across the spectrum.
During this time, I have been able to work on a wide variety of topics and authors. I’ve worked on history, true crime, food history, cultural history and more. The authors that I have worked with come from all over the country, and a few other countries. They have been professional writers, amateur writers, and people who never even thought about writing at all until they actually started it.
The diversity of the projects and people that I have been fortunate enough to work with has given me a broad perspective from which to work.
I grew up in a small, Southern town, so I have a special place in my heart for telling stories, especially the stories of people and places that have been overlooked in the past.
I am also a writer and have published some of my own work, and I continue working on those projects as well (whenever I actually have the time).