I'VE HAD MY NOSE IN A BOOK OR A PEN IN MY HAND SINCE I CAN FIRST REMEMBER. 

Reading and writing have always been second nature for me. They are as integral to me as the air I breathe and the words I speak. I knew from a very young age that I would grow up to work with words in some capacity. I thought, perhaps I'll be a librarian. No, a literary agent. How about a copywriter? But the entire time, my heart would whisper, "you're going to be an author." 

I spent most of my youth and my teenage years with a book in my hand and wrote "stories." (I use the term loosely as I wrote many. And many were thrown in the trash). I then went to the University of Northern Iowa and when a professor realized I wasn't getting the proper writing attention I needed, he suggested I attend the University of Iowa to study under their prestigious writing program. So I did. I graduated in 2011 with my B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. I took a job as a Creative Writer at a top-notch higher education marketing firm in 2012 and left in the fall of 2014 to pursue writing full-time and helping authors chase their dreams. I'm now the Manager of Operations at a company called Author Accelerator where we offer developmental editing, courses and editorial support. I'm extremely lucky that I get to live out my dreams every single day! 

As a self-proclaimed "Crazy Cat Lady," I spend my free time with my husband and our crazy brood of pets.