In self-defense and in defense of the innocent, cowardice is the only sin. ― Dean Koontz
Writing a self bio asks the question “Am I what I do, my relationships, or…what?” I don’t know who I am other than a child of God who feels His mercy every day. It’s a good life.
As for what I do, my reasons for living are:
- My God and the Church. It’s like diving into an ocean—a sometimes-painful, beautiful adventure with no end.
- My priceless, amazing son. Parenting as a single woman from basically day one has smoothed away—and revealed—more rough edges than anything else in my experience. I keep his life offline; he can decide in the future if he wants the world to know his stories and face.
- Fighting for and listening to women who’ve been traumatized through:
- Finishing a book for millennial women recovering from trauma.
- Pursuing advanced training with R.A.D. self-defense.
- Volunteering with Chicago’s battle against human trafficking.
- Supporting Rape Victims Advocates.
Employment I am dedicated to the book industry and spent the past five years immersed in training, working, and studying under skilled artisans. Currently I work in the following areas:
- Proofreader: I read every genre and length, from web articles to books (contracted only). I’ve worked on over 150 books and hundreds of articles (the longest word count to date: half of a 1.5 million word commentary). I will proofread and/or copy edit on hard copy, in Microsoft Word 2013 with track changes, and on Kindle (for ebooks).
- Freelance editor: Substantive editing, copy editing, proofreading. Currently closed to new private clients. Contact me for waiting list or referrals to other editors.
- Bibliography/notes producer: Creation and editing of bibliographies and note systems for books, theses, and dissertations according to Chicago/Turabian style.
- Indexer: Subject and Scripture indexing for contracted books.
- Writer: Current emphasis in nonfiction for Millennial women. Articles by assignment. Book details being finalized.
- Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute
- Post-bacc Editing Certificate from the University of Chicago’s Graham School
- Craftsman in the Christian Writers Guild (original program = four years of continuous training)
Adventures to Have (always in progress)
Live in Alaska(2006)
- Backpack Western Europe with my son
- Writer’s residency at Oxford
- Writer’s residency on Amtrak (self-subsidized)
Have my family’s life documented in photos in albums(current as of 2014) Live with a military family(2005-06) Live on a naval base overseas(2005) Be an Air Force wife(2007-08) Teach English in another country(China, 2004) Explore old gold mines in Nevada(2006) Explore caves and WWII underground military base in Okinawa, Japan(2005)
Hope to Accomplish (in no particular order)
- Regain my blocked memories of 2002-12
- Become skilled at aerial ballet
- Learn pole dancing (the beautiful kind)
- Take class at the Joffrey Ballet Company school
- Publish a book with a well-respected traditional publishing house
- Improve aim in knife throwing
Take a R.A.D. class(2014)
- Become a R.A.D. instructor
- Become a rape victim advocate with RVA
- For one night, sleep until I wake up on my own
Teach my son to read(2014)
- Share a mutually desired kiss with a man with no strings attached
Set foot on all seven continents
Europe(1998) Africa(1998) Asia(2005, 2006) North America
- South America
Live in Japan (2005)
- Live in Europe
- Live in Africa
Visit other countries
Canada(1998) Switzerland(1998) Morocco(1998) China(2004) Japan(2005) Israel(2006) Mexico(2010)
- New Zealand
Ride a horse in as many countries and unique settings as possible
United States(many places, 1985-2014) Interlaken, Switzerland(in the Alps, 1998) Beijing, China(on the Great Wall, 2004) Cozumel, Mexico(on the beach, 2010)
Visit Orthodox churches all over the world
Jerusalem, Israel(2006) Galilee, Israel(2006) Midwest US(2008-09)
- Istanbul, Turkey
They say no land remains to be discovered, no continent is left unexplored. But the whole world is out there, waiting, just waiting for me. I want to do things–I want to walk the rain-soaked streets of London, and drink mint tea in Casablanca. I want to wander the wastelands of the Gobi desert and see a yak. I think my life’s ambition is to see a yak. I want to bargain for trinkets in an Arab market in some distant, dusty land. There’s so much. But, most of all, I want to do things that will mean something.― Lisa Ann Sandell