I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003 with BAs in Spanish and Public Policy Analysis. Then, after teaching Spanish in high school for a year, I moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, to complete an MSc in Publishing Studies at the Robert Gordon University. After that I spent five years as an editor at HarperCollins Publishers. I learned the business and the art of editing while working with the editor of several New York Times best-selling authors (including Elmore Leonard, Steve Martini, Ted Bell, Tom Franklin), and I edited several acclaimed novelists for my own list, including Sean Ferrell (Numb), Heather Newton (Under the Mercy Trees), Robin Becker (Brains: A Zombie Memoir), Torsten Krol (Callisto, The Dolphin People), Steven Gore (Act of Deceit), Greg Wolfe (How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup), Rod Rees (The Demi-Monde: Winter), Sean Parnell and John Bruning (Outlaw Platoon), and New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lee (Ghost Country, Deep Sky). I am most familiar with developmental/content editing, but I also have experience with line and copy editing. My areas of interest include literary fiction, mysteries/thrillers, historical fiction, Southern fiction, YA fiction, sports, and narrative nonfiction.
On a more personal note, I married my beautiful wife in 2004, and we have three children. We lived in Brooklyn, NY, for six years before moving to Asheville, NC, where we lived for about two years before ending up in Huntersville, NC. I love basketball (both watching and playing), I love movies (top five: The Shawshank Redemption, Usual Suspects, Heat, Miller's Crossing, Donnie Darko), I smoke the occasional pipe, I play video games every now and then, and, of course, I love books (top five: The Brothers K by David James Duncan, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, The Dark Tower series by Stephen King [that's seven books, I know, but I can't choose just one], The Lord of the Flies by William Golding).