In this episode, we are talking about sensitivity readers. I had the pleasure of speaking with author J.H. Dahler about her experience of working with one. And as a bonus, we are joined by Candice Roma, who is an editor and and Jodie's sensitivity re...
In this episode, we are talking about sensitivity readers. I had the pleasure of speaking with author J.H. Dahler about her experience of working with one. And as a bonus, we are joined by Candice Roma, who is an editor and and Jodie's sensitivity reader.
They both share their perspective on the process and how sensitivity reading can improve representation in literature. This is an insightful conversation that sheds light on the importance of inclusivity in storytelling and the role of sensitivity readers in ensuring authentic representation.
What is a sensitivity reader?
Jodie's experience with the process
About Jodie's book Forest Girl
Qualifications for a sensitivity reader
Mindset and attitudes authors should have
Does a sensitivity reader have an impact on a book's success?
Candice Roma has dedicated her life to words. Initially, she had dreams of going to medical school, but when she was faced with the choice of Inorganic Chemistry or taking a Creative Writing class, she ran screaming from the science lab and into the amazing world of creative fiction. Since receiving her BA (Dartmouth College) and MFA (University of Notre Dame), she has divided her time between developmental and line editing for publishers and independent authors and working on her own creative projects.
Being a writer has made her an extremely compassionate editor. Every story exists perfectly in an author’s mind, and the hardest and most rewarding part of writing is capturing those words and bringing characters and emotions to life. Her goal is to help people tell their best story. Being a guide on a writer’s journey is the most gratifying work she’s ever done.
As a student of writing, an instructor of workshops, and an editor with over 15 years of experience, Candice wants to use her knowledge not only to help authors improve and elevate their current work in progress but also to teach skills that will assist them in becoming better writers.
J. H. Dahler is the author of The Forest Girl, her debut fantasy novel. After eighteen years as a librarian, she waved goodbye to spend more time with family and focus on writing her epic fantasy series. Hiking and traveling are at the top of her to-do list, especially to ancient ruins and stunning landscapes, but she’s also dedicated to the cozy life: curling up with a good book and snuggling her two dogs. Jodie lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, with her son and husband.