I started my career as a freelance writer after college, specifically for independent Chicago outlets. I wrote about art, music, film, food – anything that was going on in the Arts & Culture scene. I acted as Editor for my own website, HEAVEmedia, until we ceased production in 2014. When I moved away from Chicago to pursue my MLIS, I started to desperately miss writing. I switched my writing career to focus on literature, specifically romance novels. I’m always looking for new and interesting outlets to write for, especially if they have a healthy focus on romance. I also dabble in fiction, and finished my first comic book story that was published in October 2015.
Places I’ve written for: Booklist Magazine (Print and Online), Love in Panels, Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, The Ladies Night Anthology Vol. 3: How to Magic, Heroes & Heartbreakers, CCGC In Libraries, HEAVEmedia, Gapers Block, The Deli Magazine Chicago, Flavorpill Chicago, Newcity Chicago, Pensantos, and DecentX.
I’m a voracious reader, which has only grown to be more of an obsession since becoming a librarian. While I mostly read science fiction, fantasy, and romance titles, I try to read as many genres as I can. I also read a lot of comic books, which has led me to cosplaying at Midwest conventions.
I graduated the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016 with a Masters of Library & Information Science. In some ways this is a big departure from my undergraduate degree in Film Studies, but I’ve been finding subtle connections as my career progresses. I concentrated my studies on Archives and Special Collections, but have a strong interest in Readers’ Advisory and romance readership in public libraries. My Masters capstone project was on romance novels and romance readership, and I created a website with lib guides for different subgenres of romance.
My main interests in librarianship are bringing maker technology to everyone, readers advisory for romance readers, preservation of pop culture media, and the history of books and printing.
My main hobbies are gardening, building new cosplays, and traveling. And reorganizing my personal library. Constantly.