Welcome. I'm Cristen (she/her).

I am an award-winning ghostwriter and developmental editor and a film consultant and creative collaborator.

I specialize in working with high achievers on commercially viable projects and help clients craft high-value nonfiction projects, memoirs that read like novels, and novels that move like films.

My publishing clients have contracts with Big 5, academic, and respected independent publishers.

I work with and write about up-and-coming and experienced, award-winning indie filmmakers.

My author clients have earned more than 55 book and writing awards; bestseller rankings, including New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon Charts; and nationally recognized media placements, including one being listed by Parade Magazine as one of the “24 Best Memoirs to Read in 2020.”

When we work together, we prioritize excellence and proactive positioning to get results.

My experience working with traditionally published authors and literary agents gives me a deeper understanding of my client's needs, fears, and experiences. I use my industry knowledge and experience to help my clients stand out in a crowded marketplace.

When I work with filmmakers, I apply my understanding of screenwriting and experience crafting well-paced stories to help my clients find the backbone of their story and develop a film treatment or script that is both intellectually and emotionally compelling.

specialties & Areas of interest

I specialize in working with high achievers on commercially viable projects within the traditional publishing and independent film frameworks.

  • Narrative Nonfiction/Documentary Film: human rights/equality; animal rights/veganism; evidence-based medicine/plant-based diet; epidemiology and medical anthropology; environmentalism/sustainability; film, television, pop culture; sports; science; technology; personal and professional development; legal; disability and neurodiversity; heuristics and intellectual integrity
  • Academic-to-Trade Crossovers: anthropology, psychology, sociology, neurology
  • Memoir: celebrity and high impact, platform driven
  • Fiction: literary and upmarket
  • Screenplays that ask big questions and reflect the depth and breadth of human emotions and relationships

my personal, educational, and professional background

I grew up in a home without a television but with hundreds of books. Our evenings were spent listening to my father or mother read to us--Louisa May Alcott, J.R.R. Tolkien, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Johann David Wyss, and many more. We were encouraged to read aloud, and I learned early on the pleasure of capturing an audience's attention and shaping their experience with a text through the combination of written and spoken word.

Not long after reading a WWII trilogy about a group of young freedom fighters, I began to write my own novel. Approximately three chapters in, I realized it was derivative at best and plagiarized at worst. Perhaps that was the day this editor was born. I was 12.

My first job was working for a small newspaper where I started as a survey taker and worked my way into ad layout. Many years later while studying anthropology, I worked in a university bookstore where I learned the ins and outs of textbook returns and met my first publishing industry insiders. The entire experience was interesting, but I saw a future related to my area of study.

I graduated magna cum laude from Boise State University with a degree in anthropology. I'm particularly interested in medical and socio-cultural anthropology and public health.

On the professional side, prior to going back to school and after graduating, my background includes investment sales and personal and institutional (university) risk management and insurance.

While at university, I discovered and fell in love with public health and medical anthropology but found the academic and government agency opportunities--as interesting and important as they are--too constraining.

I've always been entrepreneurial and with the encouragement received from professors and publishing professionals I chose freelance writing.  Shortly after my first piece was published, I stumbled into developmental editing and then ghostwriting and saw their potential to satisfy both my creative and business itches and do work that impacts people's lives.

I became interested in the film industry through the many excellent books I read about the craft of writing, most of which were written for screenwriters. I started using the fundamentals of screenwriting when structuring ghostwritten books and helping clients and workshop participants do the same. Results in the form of awards and media attention followed. When I started writing about films and filmmakers and meeting them at film festivals, I found a new creative outlet and dynamic group of thinkers and feelers that I wanted to engage with as a peer and collaborator.

my values & interests

I believe that writing and editing are a way of life, the constant creation and refinement of thought and action that leads to our highest level of contribution.

I am an inclusive businessperson. I do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, country of origin, age, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, gender identity, or sexual orientation in any of my activities or operations and will not contract with any author or vendor who demonstrates a disregard for the dignity, safety, and overall well-being of any other person or group.

When working with clients, we agree that without intellectual integrity and respect for human dignity, our work has little value. Therefore, we place the wellbeing and education of readers in the forefront of our minds and agree to focus our efforts on providing maximum value to them.

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