I started my working life as a hairstylist, but after twenty-eight years of doing hair I followed a lifelong desire to be a scientist. 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 few years, but life has a funny way of changing.
I went back into the beauty business, owning and managing a luxury spa and twenty-five employees for several years. I lost everything in the fallout after the 2008 economic crash; a luxury business in a tourist town was not destined to survive the downturn.
In my early fifties, I took some time off to decide what to do next. When I was a young woman I had fantasized about working in the publishing world, 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 where the next turn in my life was going to take me.
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 2010 freelancing for Elsevier, a global Dutch publishing company specializing in scientific, technical, and medical content.
I then freelanced for Quest Publishing, Indiana University Press, White Cloud Press, and Blackstone Audio’s print division. Now most of my work is developmental and copy editing for independent authors, although I accept the occasional project for publishing companies. I specialize in nonfiction, yet I still enjoy editing 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 business for a long time called Astronomy for Everyone with Ms Galaxy. 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.