I work with writers in all genres, from articles to books, to meet their personal and professional goals. My approach is tailored to meet each client's needs and my services include: brainstorming, planning and acting as a sounding board, editorial assessment, skill training, project management, developmental editing, collaborative writing, coaching through obstacles, help with setting and meeting goals, writing book proposals and query letters, marketing, website development and ghostwriting.
I draw on my work as a journalist and marketing and am interested in and knowledgeable about many fields. I advanced my skills and training by earning an MA in United States History and an MFA in Creative Writing. I also interned at Paradigm Publishers in Boulder, Colorado.
(Please note that some of my projects are confidential)
Chutzpah in High Heels: The Search for Love and Identity in the Holy Land by Jessica Fishman, Yotzeret
Conversations with the Faithful by Kerry Parry, WiDo Publishing. 2017.
Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco by Judith Robbins Rose, Candlewick Press. 2015. ABC Best Book for
Young Readers and 2015 INK Award for Best MG/YA Novel.
Small Change, Big Gains: Reflections of an Energy Entrepreneur by Thomas H. Stoner, Jr., Greenleaf Publishing.
Redemption by n.f. steiner, ANV Partners. 2015.
Accidental Child by Karen Douglass, KDV Books. 2015.
Silent Witness by Kim Lajevardi, First Place 2015 Zebulon Award for Mainstream/Literary Fiction.
The Wildcat by Gary Alan McBride, Second Place 2015 Zebulon Award for Thriller.
The Kamen District by Kelly Welsh, Third Place 2015 Zebulon Award for Fantasy.
Burn by Judith Robbins Rose, Third Place 2014 Zebulon Award for Young Adult Fiction.
Never Tell a Lie Twice by Kathleen Pinckard, Finalist 2014 Colorado Gold Contest.
“Pink Chrysanthemum” by Gretchen Clark, 94Creations. 2014. Pushcart Prize Nominee.
Seasons of Love and War by Brenda Ashworth Barry, Melange Publishing. 2014.
“Path of the Patriarch” by Jayme Moye, The Clymb, September 2013. Winner of the Bronze Prize, North American Travel Journalists Association.
The Long Shadows by Andrew Erlich, Multicultural Publications. 2012.
Broken Collar by Ronald G. Mitchell, Bottom Dog Press. 2012.
Love is the New Currency: Creating a New Measure of Wealth by Linda Commito, CorEssence Publishing. 2011. Winner of a CIPA EVVY Award for Spiritual Writing.
The West in You by Carol Test. Finalist for the 2010 Flannery O’ Connor Award for Short Fiction.
Behind the Mic: 30 Years in Radio by Dave Pratt, Five Star Publications. 2009. Winner of The Glyph Award.
Teaching Chemistry to Students with Disabilities, American Chemistry Society. 2001.
I write short stories, essays and both fiction and creative nonfiction books.
Food Truck Love: Running Down the American Dream. In progress.
Parrot Love: Stories of Love and Loss. In progress.
Shadow Engineer. With Eric Bogatin, Abby Rose Press, Longmont, CO, 2015.
Insiders’ Guide to Phoenix, 2nd Edition. With Paul Morris. Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, CT, 2001.
Agri-Fab: A Miracle in the Making. Heritage Publishers, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, 2001.
ANTHOLOGIES AND JOURNALS (FICTION AND NONFICTION)
"Twenty-Five Random Things About Me," Saranac Review, October 2018. Fiction. Nominated for Pushcart Prize.
“To Hear Her Story Told,” Pithead Chapel, January 2014. Fiction.
“Girl in Motion,” Gloom Cupboard, November 2013. Fiction.
“All the Love in the World,” Bellevue Literary Review, April 2013. Fiction. Shortlisted for the Bellevue Literary Review Prize, judged by Jane Smiley.
“The Roots of Memoir,” “The Narrative Impulse,” “The Memoir Craze,” Keep it Real: Everything You Need to
Know about Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction, editors Lee Gutkind and Hattie Fletcher, W.W. Norton and Company, NY, 2008.
“The History of Memoir” and “The Narrative Impulse,” A Million Little Choices: The ABCs of CNF, Issue 29, 2006.
“Childish Things,” Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts, editors Bee Lavender and
Maia Rossini, Softskull Press, Brooklyn, NY, November 2004, pp 72-77.
I write about food, travel, publishing, technology, business, art and more for traditional and online media. I have written articles on Jimmy Carter, Lech Walesa, Richard Leakey, Susan Sontag, Marjorie Holmes, Frankie Manning, Paolo Soleri and more. My articles have been published in the Associated Press, Arizona Highways, The New York Times, America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix Magazine, Arizona Business Magazine, Working Woman, Black Enterprise, Boulderite, Fort Collins Magazine and others. I have an ongoing contract to proofread magazines for Evergreen Publishing Company in Colorado.
I've served as a writing instructor at numerous colleges and universities as well as being an invited speaker for writing or my research at numerous professional conferences.
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY TEACHING
Adjunct Faculty Member, Communications Department, University of Colorado-Denver, Fall 2016, Spring 2017
Faculty Associate, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, Spring and Fall 2008
Adjunct Faculty Member, Liberal Studies, South Mountain Community College, Fall 2008
Instructor, Piper Writer’s Center, Arizona State University, Fall and Spring 2005, Fall and Spring 2006
Adjunct Faculty Member, Creative Writing Department, Phoenix College, Fall 2001-Fall 2006
Professional Mentor, Magazine Writing, Prescott College, Spring 2005
Teaching Assistant, History Department, University of Nebraska, Fall 1992-Fall 1993
With humor and sensitivity, a debut novelist explores the coming of age of a girl caught between two cultures as she finds the courage to forge a new destiny.“Miss, will you be my Amiga?” Amiga means "friend" in Spanish, but at the youth center, it meant a lady to take you places. I never asked myself if two people as different as Miss and me could ever really be amigas. When Jacinta Juarez is... read more
"...Child Decoded is nearly flawless in its readability, presentation and storytelling." -- Blue Ink Review "Where's the Owner's Manual?!"What parent hasn't wished for the manual that goes with her child? And children with complex behavior or learning issues can be even more confounding.The last twenty years have seen a huge increase, not only in children with learning and behavior problems, b... read more
Having grown up in Minnesota, Jessica Fishman moves to a land in the Middle East that is full of idiosyncrasies, terrorists, and beautiful, olive-skinned men. When she arrives in Israel, she is a wide-eyed immigrant hoping to survive on Zionism. But instead of working the land on a kibbutz or being swept off her feet by a strong, sensitive Israeli soldier, Jessica is faced with a barrage of ri... read more
The one guide every creative nonfiction writer needs to turn to when being "creative." Writers of memoir and narrative nonfiction are experiencing difficult days with the discovery that some well-known works in the genre contain exaggerations--or are partially fabricated. But what are the parameters of creative nonfiction? Keep It Real begins by defining creative nonfiction. Then it explores t... read more
Do you have a toddler seat strapped in the back of the tour van? Do you write poetry while the baby naps? Have you discovered that becoming a mother has changed not only your daily life but the content of your creative work? Mamaphonic is an anthology about mothering and the creative process. The book includes confessions and conversations about the true, exhilarating, entertaining, and diffic... read more
Small Change, Big Gains: Reflections of an Energy Entrepreneur introduces climate change economics and provides recommendations on how to develop feasible pathways to a sustainable energy future. Mr. Stoner examines the global energy supply as if it was a single portfolio of assets, and shows it is possible to align the interests of energy investors, suppliers, users, and environmental steward... read more
Occasionally tear-jerking, sometimes funny, always sincere, Behind the Mic takes readers on a ride with the man who morphed from small-town boy to one of radios most prolific personalities. Dave Pratts memoir, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, also details his triumphant battle with cancer.
The Insiders' Guide to Phoenix offers travelers, newcomers, and even locals the best, most comprehensive information on what's happening in the area. With 300 days of sunshine a year, Phoenix's Valley of the Sun welcomes travelers with great golf, luxury resorts, stunning sunsets, a rich cultural history, and a variety of shopping, dining, and nightlife opportunities. Now that you are coming, ... read more
SEASONS OF LOVE AND WAR is a historical family saga and epic love story. Childhood sweethearts Beth Ann Rose and Kaylob Shawn O’Brien just want to get married and pursue their dream careers, but the Vietnam War changes everything when Kaylob is drafted into the Army and declared dead. Beth Ann has a complete emotional melt down and starts to have visions of him in the jungles of Vietnam. Is he... read more
He was a denizen of 1920s Hollywood, where he starred in some 50 silent films. A sideshow performer who toured with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for 14 years. A renowned painter, poet and photographer. A sculptor whose works can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Natural History in New York. An accomplished dancer, musician, vaudeville entertainer and expert mar... read more
What's the secret to falling in love? The Laptop Dancer Diaries is a story of my year-long journey as a single mom, determined to figure it out. I realize something is wrong when the closest thing I have to a boyfriend is my laptop. Sure he's easy to turn on, but his performance is not what it used to be. I want more. I vow to venture out into the real world, take more risks and conquer my ins... read more
Christina willingly gave up her successful career as the star of the New York Ballet Company in order to marry Adam. Now a happy wife and mother living in the small city of Lockville, she longs to tap into her creative life once again and introduce her new community to big-city culture.As the founding director of the local ballet company, she decides the first production should be a racy rendi... read more
Life without faith is a precarious way to exist. This was the position of a wannabe believer, Kerry Parry, who grew up in a family that believed religion was like sex. It was something you had to figure out on your own.Her parents, who had left their own faiths of Mormonism and Evangelicalism, believed they were doing a favor to their children by shielding them from the trappings of religion. ... read more
Take a historical journey through sacred and healing sound and music practices from ancient and indigenous cultures around the world. Discover remarkable practical applications--now proven by contemporary scientific research--for managing your mind, body, and spirit. In this book, learn how:Various percussive rhythms and pitches can shift brainwaves.Music tuned to A at 432 Hz creates feelings ... read more
What would you do if you were a kitty looking for a new home?In Lavalino Finds his Forever Home, a kitty named Lavalino is enjoying his life on the streets of Italy. He lives in a beautiful garden next to a church. He has many friends who feed him fish and milk. But then, one day, the rains come and our cold kitty goes on a search to find a family to call his own. I wrote my Lavalino book to e... read more
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I launched my career as a freelance writer and editor in 1999. Since then I've written more than 50 titles and edited hundreds more.
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