What is the best part about your job?
I honestly find it hard to pick only one aspect. I dreamed so long of working in publishing that there is just so much that I love about it now that I’m actually working in the industry. (You can find my blog post about it HERE.) However, if I had to narrow down my answer, I’d say that I absolutely, hands-down love to work on social media. I love interacting with the fans and dweebing out about the things that I love in blog posts and online content that others are passionate about.
Also, I’m a huge fan of photo and video shoots with our authors. Many don’t realize it, but most of our authors fly out for a week to participate in a photo/video shoot for their book. It’s a great time for the editor to really get a one-on-one experience with their artist and it’s great fodder for blog and art ideas!
What is the most interesting/craziest experience you have had as an editor?
Hmm… great question! I would probably have to say that working on Perspective Made Easy by Robbie Lee was one of the most interesting and craziest experiences all wrapped up in one big bundle. It was the first time our company attempted to create a comic book style art book and there was a lot of back and forth to ensure that everything came across fluidly to the readers. Robbie was a trooper and the book was definitely a group effort for everyone involved. It was the first book that I truly felt broke a barrier in our art department and I felt stronger for having edited it. (You can find the book HERE.)
What project are you working on right now?
Oh boy, what a question! As an editor, I’m always working on multiple books at once. Usually they’re at different stages of the publishing process, which makes working on so many possible. Having said that, I recently finished Little Pony Drawing Book with Lindsay Cibos, the co-author of the furries franchise. (You can find more about the book HERE.) Now I’m working on a coloring book full of dragons and other fantastical creatures that will be making its debut next year.
Who is your favorite artist or what is your favorite type of art?
Honestly, before I started working at F+W I really didn’t know much about art. Things have since changed. I am now a big fan of mixed media and I’m actually new to the world of art journaling. Having said that, I’ve always loved Art Nouveau.
Do you cosplay?
I wish I could say yes to this because I think cosplay is epic in all regards. Sadly though, unless it’s a costume party or a holiday that requires dressing up, like Halloween, I rarely dress out of the ordinary. Lame, I know. I do enjoy cosplaying for the themed weekends of the Ohio Renaissance Festival though and I thoroughly enjoy watching other people cosplay. I think it’s awesome!
Tell us something surprising about yourself?
Most people, even my coworkers, don’t know that I’ve actually had a career in voice acting. I sort of stumbled upon it and found myself acting out the voice of a cartoon character, which was later made into an animation.
What is your favorite type of book to read and/or the last book you read?
No! Why did you have to ask this? I honestly think this could be rated as one of the most difficult questions for me to answer. I’m a HUGE book nerd and will gobble up almost anything readable. I’m serious. I will read almost anything. Currently I’m starting the novel: Devil in the White City but I have so many other books in my to-read queue that it’s ridiculous, really.
What are your favorite hobbies?
If reading was an Olympic sport… I’d have back-to-back gold medals. It’s seriously one of my all time favorite hobbies and it’s the main reason I became an editor in the first place. Other than that, I’ve recently fallen in love with fitness and I’ve always been crazy about traveling, even if it means randomly hopping in the car and going on a spur-of-the-moment road trip with my dog in tow.
For more interview articles with this editor, check out:
Interview With the Editor of Clay Creation Workshop
Interview with the Editor and Designer of Furries Furever
Q&A With the Editor of Little Pony Drawing Book