My name is Abby, and I've been reading for as long as I can remember. I am 24 years old, and a native New Yorker. I hold a BA in creative writing with a graphic design minor from Miami University and a publishing certificate from the Columbia Publishing Course.
I used to read under the tables in second grade and still get questions correct, although my teacher still made me put my stack of books in my locker. My parents caught me reading by nightlight, at least five times that I remember. I have a vivid memory of the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when I was 10 years old. After I went to the midnight release party with my dad, and at 1am, we read the first page in a diner. "You can read it in the car tomorrow," he said. "One page. That's it." My dad then made the mistake of letting me keep the book in my room. I'm pretty sure I got through half the book, reading under the covers by the light of a dim disco-ball flashlight. I regret nothing.
I taught myself how to use Adobe InDesign to see what my novels would look like as a legitimate book. I also use Photoshop and Illustrator to design my own book covers. I've been using Adobe programs since I was twelve, starting with line art and cel shading. From there, I followed tutorials online, and grew more familiar with the controls and toolbars.
After graduation, I worked full time at a boutique law firm as an executive/legal assistant. I learned to edit contracts and legal documents, and interfaced with clients and other attorneys on a daily basis.