Christine Fadden is an award-winning full-time writer, ghostwriter, editor, and writing coach. She has worked on over two-dozen books and book proposals, with a focus on group psychology, mindful leadership, women’s issues, and memoir. Literary fiction is her first love.
Whether collaborating with a startup entrepreneur, a famous athlete, a renowned academic, or the storyteller next door, Christine begins each unique book journey by listening thoughtfully to her client and then drawing up a mutually motivating roadmap. Conducting regularly scheduled interviews to keep crucial long-range momentum and creative flow going, she elicits the story behind and beyond the story—often enlarging her clients’ perspective and appreciation for their own mission, purpose, and message in the process.
While her focus is on full-length books, Christine has written web content, articles, instructional/training materials, blog posts, and Tweets for individuals in or connected to the following universities, companies, and organizations:
- The New School
- Portland State University
- Mt. Hood Community College
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Strategic Coach
- Girl Friday Productions
- The Greenline Market
- Handcrafted Learning
- The National Football League (NFL)
Before turning to writing full-time, Christine worked as a university instructor in the United States and abroad. Since graduating from the prestigious Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, she has received juried fellowships from Artist Trust, Playa Arts and Science Residency, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Jentel Artists’ Residency, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Djerassi. She resides on the Olympic Peninsula, where she enjoys swimming, hiking, playing pétanque, running, and reading.
She is currently working on a series of body and geology-centered essays on aging, beauty, and play. Her novel Outta Here! will soon be out on another round of queries.
Member, Northwest Independent Editors Guild and
I collaborate with people who are intent on making a positive impact by sharing their life stories and/or their professional expertise. The projects I take on educate, shine a light, bridge gaps, humor, imagine, and explore.
I work with people who are curious, creative, committed, smart, and fun! People work with me because I am all of the above, and a great listener.
My clients come from a variety of backgrounds and professions, and I learn something new from everyone I work with. In the process of planning, interviewing or meeting, writing, and revising, my clients often experience major Aha! moments, and grow and transform as well. Over the past ten years as a full-time professional writer and editor, the inspiration-level in every collaboration has been high and mutually beneficial.
I work with artists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and executive coaches, adventurers, retirees, academics, and “the interesting person next door.” My clients have a story to tell or an idea to share, but either don’t particularly like writing, don’t have time to write, or need a small fire lit under them to write!
Because I like to inhabit as fully as possible the world a client is inviting me into, and because writing a book requires focus, dedication, and hundreds of hours, I take on a select number of projects per year.
“Everyone has their own way of being brave,” Nora, The Night Child’s protagonist was once told; and she, we quickly come to understand, has been brave long enough. Nora is a woman on the cusp, a teacher on the edge,…
Sunshine & Rain (^^^ Since they tell you how long it’ll take to read anything online now, well, it’ll take you as long to read this post as it takes Maze to quiet-storm through a purple Prince haze here ^^^)…
I woke up this morning, went into the kitchen to boil water for coffee, then came back bedside to open the window shade (I have a custom-designed platform bed that runs right up to and under a great big window…
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“This is the best money I have ever spent.”
“Your feedback was so precise and to the point that it raised my writing to a whole new level.”
“I thought writing a book about a subject most people dread—visiting the dentist—would be more challenging than making it through dental school! Thanks to Christine’s diligence, intelligence, and wit, I came out with a book that not only helps people make wiser and safer decisions when choosing a dentist, but one that makes them laugh.”
“When Christine read my manuscript, she was moved by Lauren’s life story, urging me to add and weave bits of my own into it. The story I started out with, that of a singularly strong and resilient woman, evolved into one of a deep female friendship that ultimately influenced the way my husband and I would talk about crucial life and death decisions. It was a pleasure to work with Christine, a skilled editor who reliably offered her encouragement, insight, and enthusiastic support.”
“Yours is the voice I want in my head while I’m writing.”
“I had never worked with an editor before Christine and was very nervous, but the minute we conversed on the phone, I knew we were a match. Christine, an author herself, knows the deep attachment writers have to their words, and never performed her necessary editorial surgery with anything but pure caring. Her skills and vision for the final product are outstanding. I trusted her, and would love to work with her again.”
“I never imagined I would embark on the journey of writing my memoir, and it wouldn’t have happened without Christine Fadden. We were meant to collaborate with each other, and it was truly a life-changing experience for me. Christine is an incredibly empathetic, skilled, and gifted writer. She helped put my thoughts, experiences, and feelings into words and now I have a legacy and story to share with the world, to guide other widows in moving forward and creating a meaningful life.”
“I wish I’d found you earlier.”
“I have had the opportunity to work with Christine in various capacities over the last few years. She is a very gifted writer, editor, and content developer who is also flexible, relationship-oriented and professional! I highly recommend her for your next writing or editing project.”
“Thank you for being my editing Bodhisattva.”