After working as a hairstylist for twenty-eight years, at the age of forty-four I earned a BS in chemistry and minors in psychology and English at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. I worked as a chemist for a while, then I owned a luxury spa for several years, managing twenty-five employees, before losing everything as a result of the 2008 economic crash. Then in my early fifties, I took some time off to decide what to do next. I had wanted to be in the publishing world as a young woman, but one had to live in New York back then. After researching various careers, I remembered my love of books and my dream of being a book editor. I finally knew my next steps. (I don’t recommend losing everything as a method of finding a new career, however.)
I worked with a mentor for three years while earning my copy editing certification from the University of California, Berkeley. I started my editing career in 2009 freelancing for Elsevier, a Dutch publishing company specializing in scientific, technical, and medical content.
I have freelanced for Quest Publishing, Indiana University Press, White Cloud Press, and Blackstone Audio’s print division. Most of my work is now editing for independent authors, although I still do the occasional project for publishing companies. I specialize in nonfiction, although I edit the occasional work of fiction.
I founded the Southern Oregon Skywatchers astronomy club in 1993 and was president for several years. I also had a really fun side hustle for a long time, Astronomy for Everyone with Ms Galaxy, in which I taught the general public about the wonders of the night sky through community classes and “sidewalk astronomy.” Astronomy remains one of my greatest passions.