About Me

brenda-monkey.1When I was young, my career goals were far from modest. In the seventh grade, I listed four possible professions for my future self: Olympic gymnast, movie star, famous novelist, and Jane Goodall. Not wanting to be limited to one choice, I even mapped out a strategy whereby I could accomplish all four, beginning as a gymnast when I was still young and limber, transitioning into movie stardom as a young adult, and finally ending up as a writer in my old age. I’m not sure when exactly I planned to squeeze in my stint in Africa channeling Jane Goodall.

I spent my childhood in upstate New York, doing cartwheels and back flips everywhere I went in hopes that an Olympic coach would discover me and I’d be on my way to training camp. Instead, at thirteen I moved with my family to Florida, where I would have wallowed away in a pit of despair had I not been accepted into a performing arts high school. After graduation, I moved to New York City, where I worked a series of odd jobs while awaiting my big break. It never came. The only mark I left on Manhattan is at the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue, where I was thrown headfirst into the pavement after being hit by a runaway horse-drawn carriage.

Eventually I moved to Los Angeles and turned my attention to career goal #3, writing. I’ve written everything from books and magazine articles to DVD liner notes, movie reviews, and encyclopedia entries. I’ve also been a book editor, magazine editor, proofreader, copyeditor, copywriter, indexer, and audiobook abridger. More recently, I have been writing for the children’s television series Chuggington, which is airing on the Disney Channel.

While my career goals evolved as I matured, I still harbor the same passions that were present in my early life: a profound love of animals, a flair for the dramatic, and an overwhelming desire to write. I just can’t do those darn back flips any longer. And while I never made it to Africa, I did earn a degree in primatology, so if Jane Goodall ever calls looking for an assistant, I’ll be ready.

Interviews

Audiobook Abridging

I’ve been an audiobook abridger for 20 years. Click for more information and a list of completed projects.

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