Perdita Finn is a versatile author, an accomplished ghost writer, and an experienced editor who had guided many a book to successful publication.
Perdita received her B.A in English and Theater from Williams College (1984) and her M.A in the Teaching of Writing for Columbia University (1990.) She wrote a series of popular guides for teachers with Scholastic Books including Teaching Memoir and Activities for Reluctant Writers while she was an inner city school teacher. She then wrote many chapter books for children (The My Little Pony, Ever After High and Time Flyers series) and began helping adult writers find their voices and hone their writing.
She ghostwrote The Reluctant Psychic (St. Martin’s) which sold in a major auction and was optioned by Shonda Rhimes, as well as The Baptist Preacher’s Buddhist Teacher (Middle Way) which won the Illumination Book Award for Best Memoir in 2019.
As an editor she has coached psychotherapists, doctors, healers, and spiritual guides to tell their stories in the most compelling manner possible and to produce books that can reach a wide audience in a competitive market. Most recently, she worked with Eric Utne to bring his memoir, Far Out, to completion for Random House. For over two decades she has closely edited the work of her husband, spiritual author Clark Strand (Seeds from a Birch Tree, Waking Up to the Dark), and they are the co-authors of the recent The Way of the Rose for Spiegel & Grau.
Most importantly, Perdita is skilled at helping people find the written voice that draws in readers, the narrative arc that keeps people turning the pages, and the depth of storytelling that lingers and lasts.