We’d like to introduce you to Kelly Dahlen, our newest person to be profiled.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m from all over the United States. Moving so much throughout my life, books were my companions. Not that I retreated into them, but more that I was having so many real-life adventures and new experiences that I was eager to continue them. Books gave me the ability to continue to sate my desire for adventure. As long as I can remember,
I’ve always scribbled on scraps and kept dozens of notebooks around. I love writing; it’s a craving in me that I have to fulfill. I would love to be published someday, but the fulfillment for me comes from getting the words on the page. In all my writing and reading, I’ve become very aware of how words work and how they don’t (work). I love playing with ‘what if’, and helping mentor authors in bringing out the fullness of their work. Developmental/content editing is something I’ve just always done, in my circles of influence, and now I can finally put a name to it.
What has your experience been thus far (interacting with other writers?):
I grew up reading John Bunyan, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Hannah Hunard; so I have been steeped in allegory all of my life. That is where I have found my niche as a writer. As a mentor and developmental editor, I enjoy sitting down with authors and looking at their work. Asking “what are you trying to say”, and “how are you trying to say it.” These are strengths that I enjoy working using to help fellow writers.
How have you participated in Minnesota’s literary community thus far?
I had a to-do list when I moved up here a year ago – stock up on groceries, get a P.O. Box, get a library card. Additionally, I just finished a nine month marketing internship at Consortium Book Sales and Distribution. The mentoring and editing I currently do is mostly long-distance, so I am looking to expand my local network and see where I can plug in and use my strengths to help others in the community up here.
Why do you attend the tweet up?
Rachel Zugschwert and Heather Hart brought me to the Tweet Up, so that I could expand beyond the role of “Marketing Intern” and get to see a bigger slice of the industry. I’ve loved the experience, and want to continue to learn from and meet people who share the same passion that I have.
Just a reminder our next Tweet Up is this week!
April 11th, at Bin Wine Bar! We’re excited to be back in St. Paul for this next literary get-together. We’ll be there from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Also note that we’re taking our tweet up is going to hosted by Common Good Books! The Common Good Publishing Tweet Up is on May 5th, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Come check out the new bookstore location for this special Saturday morning gathering.