Hi. I'm Tabetha, and I have a love affair with words.

"Good writing starts with words on the page; great writing comes from creative revision and editing."

It’s about more than plot or structure, characters or setting. For me, it’s about how the craft of writing expands and evolves through the editing process. It might begin with an idea, but a great story grows out of all the elements woven in at each stage of revision. With a focus on collaborative guidance, I aim to help you improve not just your work, but everything you write.

The Longer Story

A Little Background

You can probably thank my mother for the borderline-insane passion I have for ‘making’ things. Way back when, she exposed my sisters and me to arts and crafts, painting, woodwork, basket weaving, finger knitting, crochet, and paper crafts (just to name a few). Amidst the bins and drawers overloaded with craft supplies, I uncovered the beauty of imagination, the grace of mistakes, and the absolute joy found in using my hands in creation.

Mom also showed me how words held the key to solace, awareness, and expression. I developed that love with the 27-book-tall stack checked out weekly from the local library, stories of ugly piglets wishing for a better, non-pig life, and articles for the family newsletter.

Fast-forward to today and the hands-on desires are ever present, but with a little more focus: writing fiction and non-fiction, typesetting and photography, designing knitting patterns, and a little gardening and yoga thrown in for good measure.

Experience

I’ve published a decent handful of knitting books and regularly coach entry-level designers. My writing and editing skills in fiction (romance, mystery, and suspense) and craft non-fiction continue to improve under the leadership and mentorship of respected authors, such as L.A. Mitchell, Roni Loren, Becca Syme, and Margie Lawson. My specialized training includes:

  • A. in Sociology
  • Copyediting Certificate Program from Writer’s Digest University
  • Developmental Editing for Fiction training from the Editorial Arts Academy
  • Deep Editing, Rhetorical Devices, and More with Margie Lawson
  • Ghostwriting training and coaching from L.A. Mitchell
Other Tidbits
  • I’m married to a guy (lovingly call the Goat) who mountain bikes, tinkers with his motorcycle, and fixes appliances outside of his dad duties. He puts up with my crazy whirlwind ideas and obsessions.
  • I will fight you over the Oxford comma.
  • I have two amazing, intelligent teenagers who both wear me out and inspire me with their wealth of questions, sass (sigh… a little too much sass), curiosity, imagination, and independence.
  • I love learning, but there are special topics that I have studied (frequently and regularly) since I was a teenager: eastern medicine (particularly Ayurveda), yoga, gardening, herbology, religious history.
  • I have a strong background in medicine as an ex-EMT and rescue. It also helps that half of my family is in emergency medicine, too. That background fuels my love of romantic suspense.

Take a peek at some of my work.

I can't wait to help you tell your story. Let's chat about your needs!