Hi, I’m Kenzi! Before you read any further, grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine and light a candle that reminds you of your favorite book. Let’s get to know each other!
I’m an aspiring author and social media manager with a passion for magic realism and mythology. A graduate of Taylor University’s professional writing and theatre programs, I joined C.Y.L.E Literary in 2018 as an agent representing illustrators and children’s books through YA. This was an amazing introduction to the industry, but I quickly noticed that there’s a huge disconnect between aspiring writers and publishing professionals (editors, agents, etc.).
In early 2020, an editor friend (Ronnell) and I began talking about ways to solve this problem. We knew aspiring authors needed a one-stop-shop for everything career-related. What does the querying process look like? How does genre effect word count, voice, and structure? How can social media be a useful tool for writers? I’ve written a book…now what?
Ronnell’s background in editing and my experience in social media management and agenting made us the perfect pair. In August of 2020 we launched The Write Stage, a consulting company for every stage of the writer’s life. Whether you’re looking for editing, social media help, or just someone to talk to about your career, this is the place for you! Check it out here.
Besides my work for The Write Stage, I now work as a full-time content creation specialist for the Child Care Success Company and am querying my first novel, a historic magic realism YA set during the Golden Age of Piracy. There are vampiric mermaids, cursed treasures, and cut-throat found family by the boat–or pirate ship–load. Everything a good story needs, right?
Here we begin the boring section about awards and recognition. You’ve been forewarned! In 2018 I won second place in the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Critique at the Kennedy Center for American College Theatre Region 3 Festival. My novels have placed twice in the Writer of the Year Awards–most recently as a finalist in 2020–and in 2019 I was awarded second place for YA fiction in the Almost an Author awards.
Despite the fact that I’m now querying a pirate novel, I’d say the biggest inspiration on my writing has been the time I spent living in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, a short train ride south of Dublin. I studied Irish history and mythology in a village called Greystones, right on the Irish Sea, for two semesters in college and then returned during the summer of 2017 for a marketing internship at the Independent Theatre Workshop. My family is heavily Irish (my grandma actually emigrated from County Mayo in the 50’s), and living there for a time fulfilled a life-long dream as well as filling my head with Celtic stories and legends. Someday I’ll be back!
When I’m not writing or working on projects, I spend most of my time watering my fairy garden, attending garden design classes, experimenting with little-known tea flavors (some of them grown and mixed myself!), and haunting renaissance fairs all summer long.