I'm Angie, and I help fiction authors make their books soar.

My specialty is speculative fiction. I love all things fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. When you work with me, you get a wholehearted advocate for your writing. As your editor, I will nurture your unique voice, guide you to uncover the essence of your story, and help you craft a fantastic novel.

Experience

In March 2022, I decided to write a novel – and my world changed. I dove headfirst into the writing scene and discovered the joy of critique groups. 

Soon I realized I love critiquing as much as I love writing. 

To level up my writing and editing game, I began taking courses and pursuing certification. I am a certified Fictionary story coach and developmental editor. 

I’m also a certified Author Accelerator book coach. 

And I’m a certified spiritual director 🙂

And finally, I am a writer. My first manuscript, a dual-POV YA Occult novel entitled The Stonecrafters, won a 2023 Claymore Award for best Juvenile/YA, and is currently being queried to agents. My second manuscript, self-published under the pen name Iris Applewood, releases July 1st.

Education

I have a PhD in Sociology from Purdue University. My area of specialty was Self & Identity Theory. Then I spent 12 years as an adjunct sociology professor and eight years as a sociologist of religion. Before that, I was an elementary art teacher. 

Sociology provides a rich foundation for a writer. It provides a deeper understanding of human behavior, social dynamics, and societal issues. It equips writers with valuable insights, research skills, and critical thinking abilities.

Training

  • Author Accelerator Book Coach certification, April 2024

  • Fictionary StoryCoach certification, November 2023

  • Plot Your Novel, Plot Your Scenes with John Claude Bemis, Authors Publish, March 2023

  • The Writer’s Room: Seven Weeks of Successful Storytelling with Emily Colin and Emily Harstone, Authors Publish, October 2022

  • Midwest Writers Workshop, 2022

Workshops

  • Efficient Editing, Imaginarium, Louisville, KY, 2024

  • Efficient Editing, Writers Block, Louisville, KY, 2023

Memberships

  • Sisters in Crime, member, 2024 – present

  • Editorial Freelance Association, member, 2023 – present

  • Louisville Literary Arts, Board of Directors, 2023 – 2024

  • Spiritual Directors International, member, 2021-present