Allow me to tell you a little bit about myself, so you know who I am and what I can do for you.

I studied German, English and American Literature and Linguistics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, at New York University and at the University of Tübingen, where I graduated with a PhD in Literature. Born in southern Germany, I have been living in the USA for over thirty years.

I began my career as a foreign language editor at the New York based publisher Random House, where I worked with experienced and first-time writers, gently guiding them from rough idea to polished manuscript and published book. About fifteen years ago, I founded withpenandpaper.com and now provide independent editorial services as a freelance editortranslator and writer. I also blog for a few professional websites offering resources to writers, speak at writer's conferences, and offer online tutorials.

My goal and my duty as editor is to help writers like you unlock the potential of their manuscripts. I treat each manuscript like a diamond in the rough, and assist writers as they refine their story ideas and non-fiction concepts. A true writer’s ally, I guide writers through the development and writing process, encouraging them to produce the best manuscripts possible. I work on fiction, memoir and non-fiction and with published, self-published, and not-yet-published writers. 

​My work as translator comprises feature length movie scripts, memoirs, novels, coffee table books, company histories, and essay collections.

I am a published author myself. My publications include non-fiction books on current topics for young adults such as school violence and the attacks on 9/11, numerous Language Arts and Foreign Language materials, corporate histories and a book of literary criticism.

I live in Los Angeles with my husband, two children, a dog and three cats.

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