The love that I have for books has been embedded in my heart for as long as I can remember. As early as 4 years old, I recall my parents telling me to put my books away when I was in bed at night or in the car after dark, so that I wouldn't damage my eyesight. I was into reading the way most children at the time were into going outside, playing with dolls or video games, and even talking on the phone. The instances when my parents would put me on punishment didn't faze me much because I always had something to read. For me, reading was like watching television. The characters and words came to life just as vividly as a movie scene.
As my passion for reading continued to blossom, I also developed a fondness for writing. I soon realized that the written word was my greatest form of expression. I enjoyed (most times) writing compositions and research papers, and those assignments are what garnered my best grades in school. Occasionally, I would write short stories for fun and I've also written in diaries and journals since I was about 10 years old. More recently, I began to use social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, to share stories. But, I didn't take writing seriously until I became co-creator of a blog called The Optimistic Divorcees in 2014. Starting that blog also opened up opportunities for script writing and editing.
After editing a couple scripts a few years back, it wasn't something that I continued to actively pursue. At that time, it was just a favor for a friend. My friends would periodically send me things like flyers, invitations, emails, letters, and other documents to proofread/edit. They didn't seek my services because I was a formally educated editor, but simply because of my known love for words and correct grammar. I've often been referred to as the "grammar police" or "grammar nazi", lol. The idea of editing being a service that I could continuously provide for profit, came up after I did another favor (unsolicited) for another friend and edited a book that she had written and already published. I offered to go through and send her the edits, which she gladly accepted as she had the opportunity to resubmit some edits before a big meeting that she had coming up. In turn, she rendered payment as a token of her appreciation. I enjoyed that experience immensely, realizing that I loved the editing process as much as I did writing! I began to receive more copy and line editing jobs, based on word of mouth. I have worked with Kevin Fredericks, Kristen Harris, and Sheridan S. Davis, to name a few.