What is your background in storytelling?
A couple of years ago, I was briefly in the creative writing PhD program at the University of Kansas, where I had planned to continue my studies of the biological underpinnings of archetypal storytelling. Ultimately, though, I decided to continue editing for a living, since I enjoy seeing how modern writers are finding new ways of interpreting age-old themes.
Having studied the deep history and psychology of storytelling, I make sure the stories I edit maintain the reader’s interest by fulfilling the subconscious needs of the reading process. Fantasy, in my view, taps into the classic hero’s journey better than any other genre, with the protagonist often being an ordinary person unexpectedly swept up into extraordinary events, forced to overcome a series of treacherous obstacles in foreign lands before returning home, forever changed.