About

I believe that good writers are made, not born.

I don’t usually carry a bullwhip or always wear a slouch fedora, but I worked for many years as a professional field archaeologist and later as preservation archivist. I’ve edited professional journals and society newsletters, and taught writing to freshman college students. Before that, I was a newspaper copy editor, a radio announcer, and a riding instructor!

A few years ago, I left academia to pursue my lifelong love of storytelling. My favorite genres have always been fantasy, sci-fi, and historical fiction. I love to read novels that pull me into other worlds, peopled with charismatic characters and richly painted cultures.

In September 2017, my writing life changed forever when I was lucky enough to be part of the Story Grid Editor Certification Workshop in Nashville where I and 19 other story nerds studied in-depth and in person with Shawn Coyne and Tim Grahl. Now I’m now part of a passionate and collaborative group of professional editors and writers whose mission is to share with others  what we learned during that incredible week in Nashville.

JB Portrait smallAs a novelist and developmental editor, I know that Story Grid is one of the most practical and useful techniques a writer can leverage. I’m committed to helping others use the Story Grid method to improve their stories.

I live in the phenomenally gorgeous Keweenaw Peninsula where it really snows a lot.