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 still manage a small number of author clients and balance freelance social media management positions. Check out by submissions page or social media portfolio for more info!
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.
At the moment I’m querying a mental-health representative fantasy series with a feminist flare and working on beta edits for my Celtic magic realism novel, which has its background in the two semesters I spent in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland studying mythology and Irish history.
When I’m not writing or answering my email, 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!), or haunting renaissance fairs all summer long.