Updated: Apr 16
To introduce myself, my name is Kathryn. I write and edit fiction, and I live in a small town in the state of Georgia. You can see me below at Gallery Row, the coffee shop where I often work. Just inside the door, there's a large, comfy couch. That couch is the inspiration for The Editor's Couch, a place where I studied for hours during my college years, where I sat drinking coffee until closing while writing the last words of my first (unpublished) novel. Now, it's the place I go to edit. In fact, I met the client (and friend) who inspired me to pursue editing there. Needless to say, it's a place close to my heart.
I'm often found curled up on the couch, with a book or manuscript in one hand and a latte in the other.
When I'm not living out of coffee shops, however, I'm usually at home with my family, who are my unwavering supporters—and my beloved gray cat, Darcy, who is as proud as her name suggests.
I hold a bachelor's degree in anthropology. I've often had to explain what anthropology is (if asked, my dad will either say, "the study of ants" or make a reference to Indiana Jones.) For those of you unfamiliar with the field, it's essential to the study of humanity, in all of its aspects, but primarily human culture. While I chose to pursue editing, instead of a graduate degree in anthropology ( . . . for now), anthropology remains close to my heart. It's both a source of fascination and inspiration, and informs my editing work in ways that I never expected. I'll elaborate on that in another post.
For now, I want to say this:
My education in anthropology gave me a kind of twofold perspective for understanding the world and our place in it, one that pierces the illusion that we're all separate and disconnected, and lays bare both our common humanity and our (truly marvelous) diversity.
One of my most firmly held beliefs is that every individual is equal in worth and dignity. A such, I'm an ardent supporter and advocate of underrepresented and marginalized communities, within the publishing industry and without. If, in the course of my work as an editor, I can play some small part in helping to magnify the voices in our society that have too often been silenced, I'll consider it an honor to do so.
To that end, I hope to work with diverse authors, and I've chosen to offer Sensitivity Reading to help authors write more accurate representations of the experience of belonging to a marginalized communities. For me, that means reading to help authors create more accurate and nuanced depictions of neurodiverse characters, or characters with mental illness.
This means a lot to me, and I look forward to working with authors in this capacity.
To sum up: I'm just a small town editor with a love of couches, coffee shops, cats, anthropology and, of course, family. I hope The Editor's Couch becomes a place where writers feel comfortable coming to share their dreams, so that I can do my utmost to contribute to their realization.