I'm 24 and hold a bachelor of fine arts in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as well as a certificate in publishing. I currently live in Raleigh, NC, where I work in digital marketing as an SEO specialist and am a remote contracted editor for Mascot Books.

My passion is helping people wherever I can—I find myself doing this best by editing and writing. I also love psychology. My goal is to combine my passions and skill in order to destigmatize mental health through publishing.


I am a co-founder and nonfiction editor at semicolon, a literary journal dedicated to mental health. I'm a freelance editor. I'm a writer. I'm a mental health advocate. I believe in happy endings and being kind to all. I believe in doing my part to make the world a happier place.

Outside of the literary world, one can find me drinking iced vanilla coffees with almond milk, eating sushi, rewatching Parks and Recreation again (because Leslie Knope is my role model), and at Carolina Hurricanes games. I'm an ENFJ who's never met a dog she hasn't loved.

"I am completely blown away by how thorough you were. Your grammar/punctuation edits were fantastic, and you had so many helpful and substantive developmental notes. You were able to pick out all of the details but still kept your eye on the big picture. That is so important for books (and editing in general). Also, your suggestions — and the way you offered them — was stellar. I am really impressed. You did a FANTASTIC job."

– Lauren M., Production Editor at Mascot Books

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