Even before I became a Story Grid Certified Editor (2021), or graduated with an MFA in fiction (2009) or a BA in English Literature (2005), I have always been an absolute story nerd.
I first learned to read at about age three and I've never stopped since. I read a book a week on average - but I'm also not ashamed to admit that I binge-watch shows because that's another excellent way to ingest/learn about story. (I always have a current favorite show. But one of my all-time binge favorites is Better Call Saul, a worldview story that explores issues of guilt/innocence, crime/justice, loyalty/betrayal and Los Pollos Hermanos fried chicken!)
I love well told stories of all genres. But my favorite genres are horror, thriller, worldview, and crime>murder mystery>master detective novels, and memoirs, especially by writers who identify as outsiders or underdogs in some way.
I'm currently working on both a crime>murder mystery>master detective novel loosely based on a series of unsolved murders that happened in Pocatello, Idaho when I lived there as a teenager, and an essay collection about being the sort-of-queer and very agnostic descendant of some of the first Mormons to settle in the Utah territory.
I belong to a dedicated writers group who've published numerous stories, essays, novels, memoirs, and anthologies. My own short stories and essays have appeared in literary journals. I was once nominated for a Pushcart Prize for a story in upstreet, based in Massachusetts. I didn't win but it was a great reason to read to a crowd in the Boston Public Library.
I believe that language is a superpower (hence the name for my business).
And I'm also a big fan of: classic Cadillacs, Johnny Cash songs, strong coffee; social justice; supporting my local craft breweries; talking to dogs; running-slowly-while-looking-like-I'm-about-to-die-but-doing-it-anyway; traveling - especially in Baja Mexico; being anywhere with my best friend/spouse Matthew.