My name’s Carlisa Cramer (Pronunciation Guide: Car + Lisa), and I’m sincerely so happy you’re here. I am a proud holder of a BA in English and editing, and I feel so lucky that I got to study and get to work with my favorite thing in the world: words.
Let me start from the beginning…
I have always been a reader. I just couldn’t stop. I remember my elementary school teachers giving me that look (the stern, but also how-can-I-not-love-her-for-this look) when I’d ask to go to the library every day during silent reading time. “I already finished the ones from yesterday!” I’d implore. Then they’d give me that look and let me go get more. (Definitely did not mean to rhyme there, but it kind of has a nice children’s story ring to it, doesn’t it?) I had this secret goal to read every book in my school’s library, a goal I now know to be hopelessly and sadly futile (If only, right?). And in fourth grade, I picked up my first Gail Carson Levine book. Those books changed my life. That was the first time that I had the distinct thought, “I want to write.” I wanted to write, to touch others’ lives and hearts like those books touched mine.
While I still have a love of writing, that desire has evolved into a love of editing as well. As mentioned, I graduated with a degree in English and editing, so I’ve taken many classes on copyediting, on substantive editing, on grammar and usage, and more. I’ve also participated in two editorial internships: the first with the New Era, an international faith and family magazine, and the second with Jolly Fish Press, an indie publisher that focuses on young adult and middle grade books. These classes and experiences have taught me a lot about writing, editing, and passion. And in those three things, I hope to continue learning and growing every day.
What do I like to read?
Well, since some of you may want to work with me on your book, I’ll talk a little about some of my favorite genres and types of books. My speciality is middle grade and young adult. That’s what I’ve worked with at Jolly Fish, and that’s also what I spend the most time reading. I think young people are underrated in our society; they’re capable of much more than we give them credit for, and I love that MG and YA help to showcase that. I do read and love adult fiction as well! Genre-wise, I love historical fiction, contemporary, fantasy, and light sci-fi. Most all things except erotica.
Some of my favorite books in the entire world are:
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (see above)
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (Always? Always.)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde