August 01, 2018
5.0 X 0.46 X 8.0 inches | 0.49 pounds
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About the Author
Gary McPherson (1966-) was born in Sacramento, California, and spent most of his childhood in Westminster, Ca. For most of his adult life Gary has lived in North Carolina. He and his wife have lived in Charlotte, NC for the past twenty six years. Together they have traveled much of the U.S. and have been enjoyed visiting parts of the globe. It is Gary's love of travel and meeting new people and cultures that has led him to change his career from Computer Engineer to Author. He enjoys taking memories and moments to create characters that transition and grow as they work their way through a fictional world born from actual experiences. Gary's favorite writing genre is mystery/thrillers. His first novel, "Joshua and the Shadow of Death" is slated for release in the Fall of 2018
I read grammar books for fun and love the energy of creative collaboration that comes from working directly with authors. I am passionate about the tiny details of punctuation, delight in mentally mapping fictional arcs, and greatly enjoy analyzing the presentation of non-fiction information. I have been working professionally as a freelance editor for six years and edited non-professionally for fifteen years before that. I started out editing as a hobby for family, then friends, then strangers. I stalked fiction sites, critique forums, and writing groups, looking for anyone who needed a beta reader, and later, an editor. I crave diversity and variety, and after years of working with so many different types of books, I have become familiar with the standards for a wide range of genres and non-fiction categories. For me, editing is truly a passion, and my editing time was only limited by the pesky need to earn a living. Eventually, I realized the only way I could edit as much as I wanted was if editing paid the bills. I started out doing small paid jobs, sought out further professional training, completed my editing certificate, and then transitioned to professional editing, which allows me to give each author's manuscript the time and focus it deserves. Educational Background and Professional Memberships I have an editing certificate from UC Berkeley and am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. I have a degree in film and video communications, where I studied writing, story, character, and the development of non-fiction documentaries. I have also studied story through TheFilmSchool's intensive writing course. My other degree is in graphic design and illustration, where I studied typography, book design, and formatting as well as other visual arts. I worked as a freelance graphic designer for over a decade and continue to work in fine arts.