Type Eighteen Editing Services is owned and operated by me, Mary Vensel White. Hello! I’m a published author, writing teacher and speaker.
My debut novel, The Qualities of Wood (2014), was the first book chosen for publication by HarperCollins for their Authonomy imprint. My second book, Bellflower, a “novel-in-moments,” was published in 2019. I’m a graduate of University of Denver (B.A.) and DePaul University (M.A.), where I pursued English degrees because of my passion for reading and analyzing fiction. I unwittingly ended up with a minor in history because I took so many classes on the subject, and almost earned a minor in art history for the same reason. Both remain interests of mine. I sometimes say I’m probably more of a reader than a writer, and that habit continues to present, unchecked.
I also write short fiction; my stories have appeared in Catapult, The Madison Review, The Write Launch, The Wisconsin Review, The Lindenwood Review, and other places. My story “Driftwood,” was a finalist in December magazine’s 2017 Curt Johnson Prose Awards and in the 2018 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, another story, “Cadmium,” was a finalist. In addition to my own blog, where I write about the writing and reading life, I’ve published nonfiction – book reviews and articles – in The Rumpus, Fiction Advocate, Author Magazine, Shelf Pleasure and elsewhere. I’m also a contributing editor at LitChat.com, a board member at my local California Writers Club, and an adjunct professor of writing at Concordia University, Irvine.
I’ve had the opportunity to speak and teach workshops at the following conferences and events: Southern California Writers Conference, California Writers Club, San Diego State University Writers Conference, Left Coast Crime, Books are Better Shared, Bouchercon, and the Tucson Festival of Books. I’ve participated in several writing workshops as a student as well, most recently in 2016 at Chapman University, and the 2018 Masters Workshop at the Tucson festival.