The first person to officially recognize my skills as a writer was Mrs. Barefoot, my kindergarten teacher. During free time one day, I scribbled down five sentences, one sentence per page, and drew a cartoon to illustrate each “plot point.” Mrs. Barefoot saw my masterpiece, Super Kitty, and said, “Christine, you’ve written a story! Let’s staple these pages together and have you read to the class.”
I wasn’t a shy child. I walked to the chalkboard, turned to face my peers, and read.
Flash forward to my first year of college: I had an 8:00 a.m. English class. At semester’s end, I had to beg the teacher not to fail me.
With my undergraduate degree in anthropology, I set writing aside to do archaeology in Hawaii and Oregon. After working on a dozen projects in some of the most beautiful places in North America, I applied to graduate school to become what so many women in my family have been: a teacher.
My first university teaching job was in Seoul, Korea. I taught English as a Foreign Language for two years there, then moved to Paris, France and taught Business English to executives. After France, I taught in Holland, eventually returning to the States to teach, tutor, and attend writing workshops.
In 2009, after graduating from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, I quit teaching to become a full-time working writer and editor. My own fiction and non-fiction has been published and awarded. I am the recipient of fellowships from Playa Art and Science Residency, Artist Trust, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Jentel Artists’ Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and Djerassi.
I have collaborated on—as a ghostwriter or editor—over two-dozen published books.
As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I spend much of my free time outdoors, running, hiking, and playing pétanque. Indoors, I read and play “taste tester” for the amazing dishes my partner cooks.
Currently, I am working on a series of essays for which I will soon be seeking representation, and my novel, Outta Here!, is now out on another round of queries.
Member, Northwest Independent Editors Guild and
I work with people who are intent on making a positive impact by sharing their life stories and/or their professional expertise. The work I collaborate on educates, shines a light, bridges gaps, humors, imagines, and explores.
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 eight years as a full-time professional writer and editor, the inspiration-factor in every collaboration has been high and mutual, and the working relationship, 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!
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“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.”
~ Melissa Grahek Pierce, Author of Filled With Gold: A Widow’s Story
“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.”
~ A. D., ghostwriting and editing client
“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.”
~ Susan G-S., book proposal coaching and editing client
“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.
~ Judith Landau, Author, A Different Ending: Reflections on Living and Dying, manuscript evaluation, developmental and line editing client
“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.”
~ Dr. M. DMD, ghostwriting client