I am an author and experienced book writing coach
specializing in nonfiction and memoir.
I began my journey to become a knowledgeable book writing coach by working as a senior editor at Outside
magazine, where I conceived, developed and edited hundreds of nonfiction stories by some of America’s finest writers. I gave these men and women solid editorial guidance. I was their book writing coach. Some of them, including Jon Krakauer, won prestigious nonfiction writing awards based on our work together.
But I received so much more from these writers. I learned how to think about stories with sophistication and how to be a professional writer. My next step to becoming a book writing coach was to work as a professional freelance writer. Armed with a deep knowledge of nonfiction storytelling and a desire to travel the world, I left the editing staff at Outside in 1997. I spent more than a decade working as a successful freelance magazine journalist, longform nonfiction writer, and adventure-travel writer. Story assignments took me across America and around the world. I wrote about adventurers, politicians, astronauts, professional athletes, tech and business visionaries, spiritual leaders, and more. I wrote about spiritual gurus in India and Messiahs in Jerusalem. I rode the campaign bus with presidential candidates and broke bread with cult leaders. I played polo with tech billionaires and pounded vodka shots with Russian cosmonauts. I hiked in Jesus’ footsteps in Galilee and road-tripped across occupied Palestine. From these amazing experiences, I took away many lessons about writing and life that serve me today as a professional book writing coach. This life is mysterious, and it’s best to live curiously.
I had a career that most writers dream about. I won writing awards and my nonfiction writing was anthologized many times. But it wasn’t until my late thirties that I discovered an additional calling: teaching writing and serving as a book writing coach to aspiring authors. I taught nonfiction and memoir writing at The College of Santa Fe, The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop
and Boulder’s Colorado Writing School. I have spoken to classes and audiences about writing and storytelling at The University of Colorado-Boulder, The University of New Mexico, Denver University, and New Mexico State University. Today I am an award-winning book writing coach
. I help people write memoir and nonfiction. I specialize in spiritual memoir, travel memoir, business, and big-ideas books by psychotherapists, business people, positive-change-makers, and alternative healers. I also coach people to write book proposals
and ghostwrite books and blog posts.
When I’m not writing or coaching writers, I teach vinyasa yoga and Yoga of Writing and speak publicly about personal growth, yoga, and travel.
You can read all about my personal journey my upcoming books, The Yoga of Writing and Love Dog.
I enjoy my work as a book writing coach specializing in nonfiction and memoir. I am dedicated to helping people write the books that are inside them. With more than two decades of experience as a professional writer, editor, teacher, and book writing coach, I am steeped in real-world writing and publishing experience. I’d love to work with you as your book writing coach.