Our authors and artists have shared inspiring and interesting facts about themselves, so I thought it only fair to turn the spotlight on me.
1: My first job in publishing was freelance proofreading work for a local independent history and heritage book publisher. I had just finished my course in writing, editing and proofreading and I was so nervous. The client asked for the mark-up to be completed on hard copy, and it took me ages (at no cost to them of course) to make sure I had the proofreading marks correct. My big break came about six months later when I was hired as a Publishing Assistant by a publisher who had also been a psychologist before he changed careers. He taught me both the publishing and editorial sides of the business. In my twelve years in the industry I’ve worked both in house and as a freelancer. Today I work for an international publishing house.
2: The types of books I edit are varied. In my current job I edit secondary school textbooks, online education programs and atlases. I’ve also edited journal articles, primary school textbooks, academic books, research papers, educational games and websites. These days I do much more than copyediting. Most recently, I was Editorial lead on a team that developed a first-of-its-kind education program that is delivered, completed and assessed online. This involved project management, product development and training.
3: I have been published in a compilation book of restaurant reviews.
4: The genre of the novel I’m currently writing is young adult science fiction. I’ve always known who my characters are and where the story would take place. The storyline has been a work-in-progress but is coming together now. My goal this year is to write it!
5: I am inspired by self-made business women, entrepreneurs and creative types who are doing what they love instead of working a traditional 9–5 job. I am also inspired by mothers, especially those who embrace motherhood as one part of their larger identity because that’s where I am in my life right now.
6: I look up to people who want to make the world a better place, who show kindness and compassion to everyone, who are tolerant of different beliefs, and who are open-minded to the opinions of others.
7: I have bounced back from rejection in this industry many times. I’ve been passed over for promotion, didn’t get jobs I interviewed for, and have had unsuccessful article submissions. Each setback made me more determined and led me to a path that was the right one for me, even though it didn’t seem like it at the time. I like that my journey has had twists and turns; it’s my story.
8: I have lived in South Korea, America and Australia. I was born in a village just outside of Seoul, lived in Florida for about a year and went to school there, and call Australia home. I have an incurable case of wanderlust, and have travelled to New Zealand, Bali, Vanuatu, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Korea, America, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, France and England. Six of these countries I’ve visited in the past three years. I was set to go to India for the first time this year but sadly had to cancel my trip.
9: My favourite movie is Return of the Jedi, I love musicals and get goosebumps every time I listen to The Phantom of the Opera, I used to get up in the middle of the night to watch the live coverage of international cricket games, my popular music knowledge ends in the early noughties, and my favourite childhood books were those in the Little House on the Prairie series.
10: I want to be known for always being there for my loved ones.