Hello! My name is Brianna Thorne, I’m 28 years old and live in northwestern Washington state. If you’re on this page, then you’re probably curious about who I am, what I do, and why I do those things. I’ll try to answer whatever questions you might have about me!
I was born and raised in Southern California, in an agricultural town. From a young age, I was exposed to a lot of different cultures and people, and I try to carry that with me in my writing and work. I always had a strong passion for the written word, and was notorious for either having my nose in a book or scribbling my thoughts onto notebook pages — like many others, my dream was to be the next rockstar of the writing world. But as I grew older, I discovered that I loved helping my fellow writer just as much as I loved writing. However as I transitioned into college, I was strongly discouraged from pursuing degrees in writing or language arts. I ended up with a degree for web development, but that didn’t stop me.
Instead of taking jobs as a web developer, I focused on taking jobs writing content for those websites. Eventually it lead to me learning copywriting on my own time, then marketing, and now most recently, editing. I never stopped writing for myself, but each new step let’s me help more writers on more fronts, and I couldn’t be happier for it!
After I married my husband, he and I moved around the United States as we needed. First to North Carolina, then to New Mexico, and finally landed in Washington where we settled down and finally dug in some roots.
As stated earlier, my college degree is in web development, even though I hardly did any web development after college. I took freelance jobs as an amateur copywriter for local businesses and people in my community. As I got better, I learned more and more, and started to expand my net.
In 2015 I took my first marketing job after stumbling into it by mistake. I was invited onto a small startup, and built a large community in a short amount of time while learning on the job. It was admittedly a bit of a scramble, but I loved the chaos of always having something to do, always moving, always having something else after my current project. Admittedly the application I was promoting was free to use and one that people were eager to join, but the real joy was in the community that I built up and the people I got to meet during that time. The small company was bought up for a healthy sum in 2016.
After that, I took more marketing and community management jobs, along with my copywriting.
In 2018 I met an editor through a mutual contact of ours. We spent a great deal of time talking about literature and editing, and in the end she helped me start my journey into editing. Much like my other jobs, I was self-taught — though this time with guidance from a professional. I had already spent much of my free time previous studying literary structure and form, reading hundreds of books by professors and experts in the field of storytelling.
I am currently interning (part-time) for a small publishing company, doing everything I can to learn the business and catch myself up on all the things I need to know.
Writing – My very first passion in life was a love for writing. I had so many ideas in my head that I wanted to get out on paper, and my heroes were the published writers of my favorite books. To this day I keep that passion close to my heart, and I set aside a little bit of time each and every day to write something for myself.
Reading – Given my job choice, it shouldn’t be at all surprising that I love to read. I’m really not picky, I’ll read just about anything put in front of me. If I have to pick a preference, I would have to say educational books are my favorite, as I love learning new things and hearing the opinions of others. I was that weird girl in school who read her textbooks cover to cover, just because I found them interesting!
Researching – Continuing on with my love of learning new things, I love researching new topics. I have spent hours reading and digging into various topics (literary development being my favorite), and my shelves are filled with books from computer science to religious philosophy.
Animals – I have three adorable fur-babies that I call my own. Despite what some people might say about cats, mine are all sweet and friendly to all those who come into my home. For a while I had considered going into veterinary study, but I was a little too squeamish for any of that. Oops!
Video Games – Perhaps more of a hobby than a passion. I find video games to be a great stress reliever, and an incredible story telling tool. My preference for games are RPGs, Strategy/Tactics, Puzzle, Casual, and MMORPGs. If this all sounds Greek to you, don’t worry!