As a kid, I devoured books about a redhead growing up on Prince Edward Island, a teen amateur sleuth and a club of intrepid baby-sitters. (I'm mostly a Mary Anne, but I have a little Kristy in me too, if you're wondering.) This is how I first fell in love with words.
At the University of Arizona, I joined my student newspaper, the Arizona Daily Wildcat, as an arts writer and tried to write sassy movie reviews. But I found my calling when I joined the paper's copy desk. Later, I served as copy chief and then editor-in-chief. My experiences as a summer copy editing apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star and a Dow Jones copy editing intern at the Los Angeles Times only cemented my desire to help shape other people's stories. Language matters. Details matter.
In my spare time, I tutor homeless students through the organization School on Wheels. I also read fiction, take long walks, talk a lot about feminism and enjoy videos featuring baby animals.