My name is Justine Brashear. I have studied Creative Writing and English for the past thirty years. Combined with my varied background in business, marketing, and health and wellness, I have funneled my experience into helping others hone their craft.
I specialize in American English and use the Chicago Manual of Style as my guide for fiction writing in multiple genres: historical, contemporary, romance, erotica, fantasy, young adult, and children’s literature.
For nonfiction, I utilize the AP Stylebook. I have edited magazine articles, blog posts, business newsletters, and academic papers. Having studied court reporting, I also proofread transcripts and am well-versed in medical and legal terminology.
My parents encouraged reading and learning from a young age. The Little Prince, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and Aesop’s Fables helped to cultivate my love of reading as a little girl just before I discovered Judy Blume. As a teenager, I would spend my summer days at my family’s cabin in the Rocky Mountains, gobbling up Agatha Christie until my best friend in high school handed me Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews. As a young adult, a few of my favorite books included Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, Peter Mayle’s books on Provence, Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, and Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying.
Today, my list of favorites would be far too long for this post, but my reading now typically leans towards business, personal growth and development, and writing. I have finally completed my first novel and am excited to see it published soon – hopefully, right alongside yours.