About Me


        I am an editor and independent scholar, owner of PenKnife Writing and Editorial Services, and Senior Editor at Regal House Publishing. I have worked as an editor, proof-reader, and tutor for over thirty years and write literary criticism on Medieval and Renaissance English literature. I wrote all my undergraduate essays with a fountain pen.

            Like most editors, I am a voracious reader. Like Jorge Luis Borges, “I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.” Like Anna Quindlen, “I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves” (you can find Quindlen’s article here). 

            I love language — words, sentences, articles, books. I think that most of us apprehend our world, our selves, through the concepts language gives us, and that it is through language that we, like Shakespeare’s Antony, “find out new heaven, new earth” (Anthony and Cleopatra, I.i.21). 

I have a B.A. in Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a membership card from the National Coalition of Independent Scholars. I am a freelance editor, spouse, and parent with a book on the evolution of bastardy and the representation of legitimacy in texts from 1350 to the 1600s aging on my computer.