Meet the Editors of Prime Publishing


Annie Rosean

Annie RoseanMy name is Annie, and I’m a graduate of Allegheny College, where I earned a degree in English with a double minor in Psychology and Spanish. While I loved my four years spent in a tucked-away Pennsylvanian town, it’s certainly refreshing to be back in Chicagoland with my family.

After graduation I dabbled in various jobs that included assisting at a Chicago summer camp, interning at Chicago’s PBS affiliate, and interning briefly at an independent children’s book publisher. These experiences were invaluable to my post-grad education, and I’m so grateful to continue learning at Prime Publishing.

As a current editor of AllFreeSewing.com, I’m learning something new every day. While I come from a creative stock, the only sewing machine in my house belonged to my great-grandmother. Needless to say, I’m pretty accustomed to hand-sewing, but working with the talented contributors to AllFreeSewing has reacquainted me with the complexities of the new-fangled sewing machine.



Arielle Matlin

Arielle MatlinHi! My name is Arielle and I’m from Glencoe, Illinois, a small village near our offices in Northbrook. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in Political Science and Economics.

My passion for food began at an early age and continues to grow. I love experimenting in the kitchen with new techniques and ethnic dishes. Cooking gives me inspiration and helps me unwind. Now I have a job that encourages me to whip up delicious recipes—what could be better?

Outside of Prime, my life revolves around going to Blackhawks games, finding the best new restaurants in the city, and playing with my chocolate lab, Chloe.




Blair Chavis

Blair ChavisMy name is Blair and I am originally from Highland Park, a northern suburb of Chicago not too far from Prime Publishing's home base in Northbrook. Since childhood, I have loved crafting of all sorts, including drawing, painting, creating decorative crafts, sewing, and making scrapbooks. As a child, my mom entered me in the children's craft section of the local art festival and I was in all my craft glory. As an adult, much of that fondness for crafting has manifested into foodie-ism. I am one of those nerdy restaurant-goers that take pictures of food when the dish looks spectacular. I also need photographic evidence when I bake.

Most recently, I worked as a reporter at Triblocal.com, a suburban subsidiary of the Chicago Tribune focused on hyper-local community news and making the Web hip for newspapers. I reported on happenings in the northern suburbs of Chicago.

At 18, I stepped onto the hippie-filled sidewalks of Madison, Wisconsin, to later graduate from the University of Wisconsin in 2006 with a double degree in journalism and English. Before working for the Tribune Company, I tried my hand at broadcast journalism, first at an NBC affiliate in Madison and then at Chicago Public Radio. I have covered a broad range of stories about local and national politics, immigration, housing, the environment, health care, education, and the arts. I still do freelance work for various news outlets.

When I'm not working, I blog for OyChicago.com. I enjoy watching foreign and independent films and eating dessert first. I also have a weakness for Hugh Grant movies and all things Food Network.


Bridget Herbig

Bridget HerbigHi there! My name is Bridget. I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, currently live in the west suburbs, and work in the north suburbs. On occasion I actually venture into the main city. Now all I have to do is learn about boating and I can explore Lake Michigan! I love traveling and motorcycling with my husband whenever possible. Give me the woods and nature and I’m a happy gal.

I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in English. It was a heavy reading period for sure, but I’ve always been a bookworm so I soaked in as much as I could. After graduating, I held a couple of editing jobs. My previous job was at a book publishing company. When I’m old and gray, I can tell my grandkids all about how books were made many eons ago.

When I’m not busy working at Prime, I am usually reading, crafting, or baking. I started making things when I was kid. My mother supplied the early inspiration for my crafty side with her sewing and cross stitching talents. I learned what I could from her and then developed my own interests in embroidery, knitting, and sewing. After joining Prime, I decided to add crochet to my list.

Baking is easier for me than cooking. There’s something very relaxing and rewarding about mixing together ingredients and getting something sweet in return. Nothing beats how happy you can make others with just a simple batch of brownies. If I could’ve been born in the 1940s or 50s, I think I would’ve made one awesome June Cleaver-ish housewife. I love puttering through resale shops looking for antiques and anything reminiscent of eras gone by. My favorite finds are usually kitschy decor, sewing materials, or kitchen accessories.


Caitlin Eaton

Caitlin EatonMy name is Caitlin and I’m from Kenosha, Wisconsin. I’ve tried to escape several times, but that’s another story. When I‘m not frequenting record stores in Chicago, I love to absorb the culture in coffee shops while my veins absorb some caffeine. I graduated from Marquette University with a degree in journalism and am grateful for the wonderful professors that helped me hone my writing skills.

Writing is, and always will be, a passion of mine. In college, I was the Senior Feature reporter with my school’s magazine The Marquette Journal, and I also spent a year interning at Wisconsin Trails magazine, a publication devoted to the culture and history of Wisconsin. Both are quality publications, and yes, this is a shameless plug.

Narrowing down my interests is nearly impossible, but I do have a soft spot for any craft projects or clothing that are vintage or vintage inspired. To me, nothing is more beautiful than an object that was able to stand the test of time, like my grandmother’s pearl brooch, a black-and-white photograph, a Twinkie—well, perhaps not the latter, but you get the idea. I also thrive on traveling and visit England frequently to see my husband's family. I’ve become nearly fluent in English slang, so if you ever need to know what it means to be shattered, what bangers and mash really are, or how many quid it takes to buy a pair of new Wellies, feel free to ask.


Chris Hammond

Chris HammondHey everyone! I'm Chris, the one with the purple hair in the office. My background is a bit different than most of the girls here, with degrees in Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics and Physics. I've been a meteorologist, a high school math and science teacher and, most recently, a professional knitter. But don't worry, I am a passionate crafter, dabbling in a little bit of everything. Basically, if it can be crafted, and I need to procrastinate something much more important, I can do it. Around here, I am the knitting and crochet guru, so you're sure to see me on film demonstrating tips and techniques.

I have two great kids who are the lights of my life, who encourage me to keep learning new things, and keep the passion of what I love alive. When I am not in the office, I can usually be found exploring downtown Chicago with friends or at home either painting or playing video games. My kids and I love to travel, so we take every opportunity we can to hit the road and see what our beautiful country has to offer.


Christine Weiher

Christine WeiherHey, it’s Christine, the crochet-a-holic (as of 2009). If you haven't guessed, yes, I like to crochet as I'm an editor who works on AllFreeCrochet.com.

On a personal note, I met my husband in 2003 and we're now parents of a baby girl who we love more than anything. I never knew love like this until she came into the world. In becoming a mom, I just can't stop crocheting baby items. I'm officially addicted. Is there a rehab for that?

I studied journalism at Eastern Illinois University with a minor in sociology. I worked for the school newspaper as well as the magazine. From there I came here, to Prime. I currently work on AllFreeCrochet (as previously mentioned) which is where I find all my baby crochet patterns!

Before I started here, I didn’t do much in the crafting world. I used to scrapbook in my high school years, but that was the extent of it. Now that I’ve been here for a while, I’ve crocheted scarves, afghans, amigurumi animals, flowers, headbands, leggings, ear warmers, cowls, and hats. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few things. I’m learning new things every day while working here and I’ve come to realize that Michaels and Hobby Lobby are my two new favorite stores.

Fun facts in a nutshell: I have a terrible sweet tooth and I can't live without cookies; I love tropical vacations with palm trees, yet I'm petrified of flying; I have a shiba-husky dog who drives me insane (I'm pretty sure he's smarter than I am, yet he's scared of fans); and I love to crochet. Did I mention I love to crochet?


Dana Byerwalter

Dana ByerwalterMy name is Dana, and I’m a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I majored in Creative Writing and English and minored in Business. While at the U of I, I was involved with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), and I also interned for one lovely semester at Common Ground Publishing. I was extremely blessed to study abroad in Prague during the summer after my junior year, and though it was only for a month, that experience has been absolutely vital to my development as a writer.

I’ve been writing for a long time, and I knew I wanted to pursue a career that would foster this creative outlet. Though I deeply aspire to write and publish a series of books (which I began working on at age 12), I am so grateful and excited for my job in publishing.

When I’m not writing, I’m reading, drawing, playing piano, and spending time with loved ones. I love setting up little crafting get-togethers with friends and having wine and Scrabble nights with my mom. Before Prime, I worked at Michaels for well over four years. My creative passions have only grown since childhood, and I cannot wait to see where they will take me!

A few last-minute tidbits: My favorite author is William Faulkner; I don’t really like color; I am always optimistic; and people know me for my big hair.


Danielle Zimmerman

Danielle ZimmermanOh, hello there! My name is Danielle. I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in English and a minor in cinema studies. As you may have already assumed, I absolutely love reading and watching movies as much as possible. In fact, I may have done more of those types of things than actual schoolwork. After graduating, I moved back home to the northwest suburbs of Chicago where I was born and raised, and then started working here at Prime Publishing.

The real world may have taken this girl out of the University of Illinois, but it will never take the University of Illinois out of this girl. When I was at school, the majority of my fall semesters were devoted to my beloved Illini football team. Even though I will no longer be able to attend every home game, I still plan on watching the games at home, decking myself out in all blue and orange, and cheering like crazy.

Working on TheBestDessertRecipes.com is perfect for me. I have always loved baking and have been doing so as long as I remember. I was even a "Cookie Girl" at a well-known Chicagoland electronics store, Abt Electronics, during high school. I would just work all day in a fancy kitchen baking cookies to give away to customers. So to say that editing a website about desserts is like my calling is an understatement.

When I'm not reading, watching movies/TV, cheering on the Illini, or working, I enjoy snuggling with my big fluffy dog and writing articles for Hypable.com. It's the second most perfect job for me (behind writing about desserts all day), because I'm a complete pop culture fanatic, and I get to watch as many TV shows and movies as I'd like and blame it on having to write about them!



Emily Racette

Emily RacetteHey, guys. My name is Emily and I am a graduate of Bradley University, where I studied history. When I wasn’t writing about Woodstock or narcocorridos (Mexican drug ballads) for my history classes, I was playing drums in the concert band and jazz ensemble. I was also involved in the planning of BU’s Relay for Life for four years. During my senior year, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Paris for two weeks where I took a travel writing class. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Sightseeing, journaling, eating—that was the life.

One of my favorite things about Paris was the food. Croissants, crepes, duck confit, oh my! Everything was delicious. They take food seriously, and it shows. It’s too bad I didn’t like wine back then. I think I discovered my love for all things food around high school. I love to cook, but baking is my true passion. I’m so happy to work in an office where I can bring in my treats so I don’t eat them all myself! And that brings me to Prime. I love being the editor of AllFreeCasseroleRecipes.com. Working with food all day every day is my dream job. I toyed with the idea of going to culinary school a few years ago, but decided to work with food in a different way. So, now it’s all casseroles all the time. I love going home and trying the recipes I’ve been staring at all day. Besides casseroles, I love making chocolate crack, cheesecake, and truffles.

When I’m not working or cooking, I enjoy running, reading, and browsing Pinterest. I’m obsessed with animals and often check out the San Diego Zoo’s Panda Cam to see what the pandas are up to. If I didn’t work with food, I would definitely work with animals.


Emily Ramirez

Emily RamirezMy name is Emily and I'm originally from Elgin, Illinois. I graduated from Carthage College with a degree in English and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. After living in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for four years, I now reside in Chicago. From a very young age, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. I always had my nose in a book. I started my writing career by writing Harry Potter fanfiction when I was in my pre-teen years. That brought me into editing fanfiction during high school. Needless to say, I wasn't the coolest kid ever, but I loved it. In college, I became Managing Editor of The Current and a Writing Fellow at my college's writing center. I learned a lot during college, like why we need feminism and how to be a better procrastinator. Since then, I've moved on to work as an editor at Prime Publishing and I love it. I'm a weird breed of foodie because I love eating, but I'm terrible at cooking. My favorite foods are avocados, rice pudding, and chocolate. In my free time, I enjoy watching endless amounts of TV on Netflix, reading, shopping, and (trying) to cook.


Jennifer Hendrix

Jennifer HendrixHi, everyone, I’m Jennifer! I was born in Chicago, and grew up in the northern suburbs, which is where I happily attended college. I received my B.A. from Lake Forest College in 2011. During my college days I spent most of my time reading up on philosophy, art history, photography, and literary theory. Having majored in English Literature, I’m happy to have ended up editing Create and Celebrate, AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com’s eNewseletter.

While I love planning for every holiday and occasion, I am new to crafting and can't quite create as well as I can celebrate. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to concerts, collecting records and old books, and of course, reading. As the editor of editor of AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com I can't help but agree with my favorite author, Jane Austen, when she said, "One cannot have too large a party."




Jenny Benoit

Jenny BenoitHi, I’m Jenny. I was born and raised in Wilmette, a suburb just north of Chicago. I graduated from Missouri’s School of Journalism with a Bachelor’s degree in Magazine Design and a minor in Textile and Apparel Management. I’m happy to finally be out of Cardinals territory and back in the Windy City! While at Mizzou, I worked as a contributing student writer for the Columbia Missourian daily newspaper and Vox Magazine.

Before joining the team of editors at Prime Publishing, I spent four years working in the veterinary field as a receptionist, while simultaneously freelance writing for an online shopping community to satisfy my need to write (and to shop!). Although it was a joy spending my days playing with animals, it is incredibly rewarding to finally spend my days writing.

Despite growing up just outside of Chicago, there’s a lot I don’t know about this great city. I love discovering new restaurants, finding the latest and greatest fashion deals, and taking in live music wherever I can find it. I tend to get lost in bookstores for hours on end (don’t even get me started on the closing of Borders) but magazines have, and always will be, my literature of choice. I’m in heaven when the latest issue of Real Simple arrives in my mailbox!

Aside from the white scarf I knitted during high school and the occasional dinners I attempt to make here and there, I still remain a bit of a newbie to the crafting and food communities. I am excited to be part of the team at Prime Publishing, and I can’t wait to learn a thing or two more about crafting and cooking!


Jesse Carpender

Jesse CarpenderHello, world! I'm Jesse, editor of AllFreeCrochet.com and AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns.com. Before starting at Prime, I worked as a local reporter covering a wide range of topics in Lake County, Illinois. That job wasn't too different from this one: inspiring people by showing them the cool things their neighbors are doing. I'm passionate about accurate, entertaining writing that spreads good in the world.

I hail from the northwest suburbs of Chicago in Fox Lake, which is a historic boating town where Al Capone liked to hang out. I grew up just a hop, skip, and a jump from there in Gurnee, Illinois, known to locals as “the town with Six Flags Great America.” As you can see, I have a pattern of living in tourist towns. In fact, I lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin while attending Marquette University to study journalism. Milwaukee is another great town for travelers (especially travelers who love brewery tours).

In my spare time, I enjoy reading gothic novels, listening to punk cabaret, and crafting. I hope our work at Prime inspires you!


Jessica Thelander

Jessica ThelanderHi, my name is Jessica. I am an English graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently reside in the suburbs of Chicago. I’m thrilled to have joined Prime Publishing to put my freshly printed degree to work!

I spent a large portion of my time in college playing piccolo in the Marching Illini. And no, I don’t have any band camp stories. No matter how many times I had to play the piccolo soli in John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” it will certainly go down as one of the absolute best parts of my college experience.

Aside from the marching band, I’ve kept pretty busy over the past few years, splitting my time between finishing my degree, rediscovering my love of literature, and studying abroad in Wales. When I was abroad, I was fortunate enough to travel on the cheap to France, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Scotland, England, and the Netherlands. After many coffees and even more photos, I came out the other side a somewhat well-seasoned traveler.

After years of frozen pizzas and Ramen noodles, I’m tentatively stepping into the world of cooking with mixed results. As long as I can become a functioning adult in the kitchen, I’ll be fully satisfied. In the meantime, I’m perfectly happy curling up with a good book, ordering a pizza, and looking at all of the pretty pictures on our sites instead.

Judith Dunbar Hines

Judith Dunbar HinesJudith Dunbar Hines has over 35 years of experience in the culinary industry. In her extensive career, she has worked for major cookware and houseware brands including Calphalon, Cuisinart, Viking, Bosch, and more. She has also served as Director of Culinary Arts and Events for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and has worked for Carson Pirie Scott in the role of Director of Culinary Events. Judith also has experience in the culinary media, having worked as kitchen coordinator for the nationally syndicated cooking show, Yan Can Cook, on PBS, and currently writing a bi-weekly column for the Chicago Sun Times food section.

In serving a vast array of roles throughout her career, Judith has amassed a wealth of culinary knowledge that makes her an incredibly valuable asset for the Prime Publishing Food Group. As the team’s In-House Test Kitchen Cook and Recipe Tester, Judith vets and prepares recipes, stages and directs food photography, and is the on-camera talent for all cooking demos and how-to videos for the RecipeLion YouTube channel. In addition, she creates original recipes for Prime’s ten food web properties, including RecipeLion.com and the blog RecipeChatter.com.

Julia Litz

Julia LitzHello, my name is Julia and I am from St. Louis, although I have moved to the Chicago suburbs. Despite my location change, I still love my St. Louis Cardinals and Rams, much to the chagrin of my friends and neighbors.

I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Go, Illini!) with a degree in Advertising and a minor in English. During those four years, I was an active member of my sorority, dabbled in a variety of random activities, and found my home at The Daily Illini. I started as a copy editor at The DI and worked my way up to Copy Chief. During my senior year, we were even named the top student newspaper in the state by the Illinois Collegiate Press Association! Despite the ridiculous hours (5 p.m. to 12 a.m. three nights a week, 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sundays and 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays), it was a great experience and taught me a lot about time management, organization, and the value of black coffee.

I love to travel, especially overseas. Some of my favorite trips have been to Italy, Greece, and Israel. I would love to go to Africa and see elephants (my favorite animal) in their natural habitat. When I'm not on the go, I love just sitting on my couch and watching reality shows on Bravo for hours at a time.


Julia Wiatr

Julia WiatrHi, I’m Julia! I’m from the Chicago suburbs. I graduated from Northwestern University (Go, ‘Cats!) with an English degree and a Spanish minor, so languages and linguistics are huge loves of mine. I’m also 100% Polish, so you can imagine all those languages bouncing around my head all day. I actually managed to slip Spanish words into a conversation with my Polish grandmother once, and she’ll never let me live it down.

For a few years after graduating, I bounced around between various temp and contract jobs in educational publishing until I became a part of Prime Publishing and I couldn’t be happier! I’m always looking over and editing various assignments and papers for friends, so being an editor seemed like a natural choice. I craft only slightly better than I cook (which is really not at all), so it’s a good thing I’m on the craft team. My mom is incredibly crafty, and because of her I can crochet, knit (sort of), and sew (... very basic patterns). Thanks, Mom!

Fun facts: I will always drop money on a great concert/musical/comedy show/Lollapalooza. I love to read but always pick out the longest books to get into. I’m a TV junkie, and if my Hulu+ queue gets into the double digits, I get seriously stressed out. I love my Xbox, and I love to play online with my friends. I’m forever a loyal NU Football fan and generally get season tickets every year. Hockey makes me really happy, and my Blackhawks are the tops. I have a soft spot for John Wayne westerns, and David Bowie is the best musician of all time.


Julie DaMario

Julie DaMarioHi, I’m Julie! I was born, raised, and currently reside in the lovely town of Evanston. For all you Tina Fey fans out there, it’s also the setting of the cinematic masterpiece, Mean Girls. I’m a big fan of Chicago sports teams, especially the Bulls and the Blackhawks.

I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Advertising and a minor in Communication. My favorite classes were my copy writing and graphic design classes. I loved figuring out how to make a roll of toilet paper look glamorous or how to convince someone to wear Crocs (you shouldn’t, by the way) through cleverly spun words and images.

While I was in school, I spent a semester abroad in Rome, Italy. Not only was it an amazing experience because I was able to walk the same streets that my great grandparents did, but I was able to write about it along the way. I blogged about every little mishap, mouth-watering meal, and overnight train ride, sometimes forgetting that my parents were my only readers.

I’ve always had a little bit of a crafty side. My mother was an artist for some time, so my childhood was full of broken crayons, dried out markers, and paint-splattered carpets. In grade school, my classmates used to commission me to finish their art projects for them—a task I was more than willing to complete. I still appreciate art and continue to take classes today, making Prime a perfect fit for my writing and crafting interests.


Kaitlin Weiler

Kaitlin WeilerMy name is Kaitlin and I am a graduate of Augustana College, where I majored in English and History while also minoring in Spanish and Women's and Gender Studies.

I get a love of knitting from my mom and a love of cooking from my dad. Because I have enjoyed crafting and making a mess in the kitchen for years, working at Prime Publishing seemed like a natural fit. Being able to come to work and share my passion with others as the editor of FaveSouthernRecipes.com and Cheap Eats and Thrifty Crafts is a wonderful experience.

When I am not at work, I am most likely to be voraciously reading young adult novels, writing obsessively in my journal, shouting at a tennis match, running, watching too much TV, or consuming an inadvisable amount of caffeine.




Kaylee Pope

Kaylee PopeHi! I’m Kaylee. I’m a Michigan girl, born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I graduated from Albion College. Ever since I was a kiddo, I’ve been into creative endeavors. I used to love to read and write my own stories, play pretend, and color on surfaces not made to be a canvas. As I was an only child, this meant my dog had to wear a lot of hats in my life. Literally.  Spending a lot of time in Northern Michigan as a child helped me develop a deep love for the great outdoors and the environment. I love cross-country skiing, backpacking, hiking, and kayaking.

Before finding my place at Prime, I served two terms with AmeriCorps, worked as a preschool teacher, and did some freelance writing work.  When I’m not writing and editing, I love to explore Chicago’s amazing restaurants, museums, and brilliant comedy scene. I am a graduate of the Second City Training Center’s writing program and love to write and produce shows in my free time.

I am excited and thrilled to be working as an editor of AllFreeSewing.com. I think it is so important for people to have a creative outlet and share their work. I love working with the sewing community and find a blogger every day that impresses me immensely.


Laura Plack

Laura PlackHi! My name is Laura, and I am from Glenview, Illinois, which is very close by our offices in Northbrook. I am a graduate of Saint Louis University, where I studied English and Film Studies. After going to school in St. Louis, I lived there for a little over two more years, and worked at a television station and a book distribution company.

While those experiences were invaluable and I met some great people along the way, I am excited to be back in the Chicagoland area and close to my family. I am also very happy to be a member of the editorial staff at Prime. Though I am not much of a crafter or chef (yet), I get to learn something new here every day!

As the editor of AllFreeJewelryMaking.com, I absolutely love learning about all of the new styles and trends and writing about beautiful homemade jewelry pieces. Outside of my newfound interest in jewelry making, I love watching/talking about movies (my brain works like IMDb), reading all different genres of books, and watching addictive dramatic TV shows.


Liz Abderholden

Liz AbderholdenHi, everyone, I'm Liz! I'm a Midwestern girl at heart—born and raised in Libertyville, graduated from Lake Forest College, and now working in Northbrook. It's like I'm stuck in a 10 mile bubble! For me, college is a blur of books, movies, and music. Like a lot of other editors here, I was an English major and Cinema Studies minor. In my spare time, I was a DJ for WMXM Radio where I interviewed musicians, put together hours upon hours of playlists, and camped out on the 70s style couch downloading band after band after band.

After a few odd jobs and internships, I ended up at Prime. Although a newcomer to the crafting world (shamefully, I did not know the difference between knitting and crocheting before I started here), I love being surrounded by a swirl of creativity and learning more about all the facets of the craft world.

If you don't see me reading, writing, watching movies, or lip-syncing to Beyoncé songs, you'll probably find me roaming through Chicago in search of new restaurants, fun art shows, newly re-stocked thrift shops, and underground concerts. Of course, this is all if you can break me away from a HGTV House Hunters International marathon.

Beyond my yellow lab, my biggest passion is travel, and I've been fortunate to do this a lot. What's not to love about experiencing a new culture and meeting new people? In short, I'm a superhero-loving, Jane Austen aficionado with a major travel obsession (its borderline unhealthy) and an unyielding hatred of the strings on oranges.


Melissa Conner

Melissa ConnerHi there! My name is Melissa and I'm from the small Chicago suburb of Niles. I graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in English Literature, as well as a minor in Public Relations and Native American Studies.

Prior to working at Prime, I spent four years in book publishing where I specialized in craft and recipe publications, as well as hobby and puzzle books

Born from a family of thespians, artists, and musicians, I grew up surrounded by creative people. I spent the majority of my childhood outside making projects with my friends, making up stories with my dad, and completely covering the house in scratch-and-sniff stickers. While I like to think my crafting skills have matured a bit with time, I still find it hard to pass up a good lemon-scented sticker.
While I'm not working, crocheting, or baking, I love to browse old book stores, binge watching my favorite TV shows (BREAKING BAD!!), and foster my love for everything DIY on my personal blog, The Hob-bee Hive. My dream is to open my own bookstore someday, where you can all come and drink coffee, eat goodies made from my great-grandma's recipe collection, and dive deep into your favorite novels (cushy couches will be provided).


Molly Fletcher

Molly FletcherI’m Molly, the editor for AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com. I was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois, the proud home of Jack Benny, Ray Bradbury, and (briefly) Jerry Orbach, which may explain my affinity for musical comedy, fantasy novels, and Beauty and the Beast, respectively.

I graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois with a degree in English and Classics. Student loans aside, I loved my time there. By studying Classics, I developed a deep respect for language, history, and mythology, as well as how they have influenced English literature over centuries. At this point, my ancient Greek is a bit rusty, but I’ll show off my Latin skills whenever the opportunity presents itself.

In college, I had the privilege of spending a term in Vienna, and my love for Sachertorte and Mozart concertos endures to this day. I also completed a 2 week program based in Rome that I extended with a weeklong journey through Greece. A proud member of the Augustana Symphonic Band, I had the opportunity to tour throughout the U.S. and, my senior year, throughout Italy. The next country on my wish list is England, so that I can walk in the steps of Elizabeth I (not to mention the Beatles).

After graduation, I worked in the Public Programs department at the Newberry Library in Chicago. While there, I connected with hundreds of people who shared my passion for the humanities. They encouraged me to pursue a career in publishing, and two years later, I attended the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute. DPI proved to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life thus far. I gained valuable insight to the industry through lectures and field trips, chatted with local authors over ice cream, and now, thanks to my time there, I set aside a healthy portion of my paycheck for books.



Morgan Metcalf

Morgan MetcalfHi, all! My name is Morgan. I am a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I earned a B.A. in English with a course load focusing mainly on editing. Prior to that, I was enrolled at the University of Missouri in Columbia majoring both in Journalism and English. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with words. I used to think I wanted to be a writer; however, as I grew older, that shifted into a passion for editing. Combine that with my newfound love of knitting and all things craft, and it’s no wonder I’ve ended up here at Prime surrounded by a few of my favorite things— writing and editing.

Some "fun" facts about me: I’m a big fan of roller coasters. I’m pretty decent at ASL. I’ve worked in a university library for three years, and those were honestly some of the best years of my life. My brother and I make it a habit to see LIGHTS in concert at least once every year. I can’t cook to save my life.

Outside of work, I can usually be found reading (big surprise there), throwing a private concert in my room, or watching an embarrassing amount of shows on Netflix consecutively, or knitting. Though I still consider myself fairly new to the wonderful world of knitting, I’m growing more in the skill every day as an editor of AllFreeKnitting. Just wait. Sooner or later I’ll be able to make myself a sweater to wear around the office.


Nicola Prybell

Nicola TrumbullHi, I’m Nicola (think of the singing Swiss men in the Ricola cough drops commercials and you’ll get the idea). I received my B.A. from Augustana College, where I majored in English and Creative Writing with a minor in Art. I spent my college days playing clarinet in the Augustana Symphonic Band, competing on the Augustana Equestrian Team, and tutoring fellow students in the Reading/Writing Center.

I’m proud to say that I’m the first female to major in Creative Writing at Augustana and that I paved the way for future writers at Augie. For the entirety of my senior year, I began writing what will hopefully be my first published creative non-fiction novel.

I’m now back in the suburbs of Chicago and enjoying my time at Prime Publishing. A proud member of the craft team, I’m an editor of FaveCrafts.com and love all things craft. I spend my free time dabbling in photography, making jewelry, crocheting, and drawing. Between my love for horses, music, art, and writing, I’m a pretty creative gal and feel right at home with the crafty editors at Prime.


Nina Hoffman

Nina HoffmanHi, I'm Nina! Born and raised in suburban Chicagoland, it's hard to imagine living anywhere else. From time to time, my husband and I fantasize about retiring to Colorado, but that is a long way away. I spend most of my free time with my children, who are 8 years and 6 years old. I love to cook and bake, and so do they, so it's pretty much a daily family affair at our house. I grew up in a house where both my parents cooked, and not just the usual meat and potatoes fare...from a very young age, my siblings and I were exposed to more eclectic meals, including Indian curry, Spanish paella, homemade Chinese food, and more. I credit my parents with instilling in me a love of not only eating food, but of making it as well.

Given that I have two small children who love to craft, my family room is overrun with various crafting supplies, and their artwork adorns much of our house. Since I definitely consider myself a foodie, and have discovered a love of crafting as well, working here at Prime Publishing is a natural fit for me.


Paddy Lusk

Paddy LuskHello, everyone! My name is Paddy. I was raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, and I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I majored in English and Creative Writing, which allowed me to explore two of my passions: reading and writing. My years at school were filled with British literature, short story writing classes, and TV-show marathons with my friends. When I wasn't nerding out over the latest book I'd read, I was spending time as a Director on the Illini Union board, or catching up on sleep (a true rarity in college).

Working on the recipe sites for Prime Publishing has been a great adventure right from the start! I've always been curious in the kitchen, and I'm never one to turn down food. As an editor for FaveGlutenFreeRecipes.com, Ive been able to expand my cooking knowledge and discover a whole new variety of recipes to explore in the kitchen. I look forward to learning as much as possible in the kitchen and I can't wait to share my new discoveries with you!


Rachel Kallison

Rachel BernsteinAs an avid scrapbooker and a baking enthusiast, I'm right at home working at Prime Publishing. How many people can say they spend their days immersed in amazingly creative craft projects and mouth-watering recipes? I am so excited to call this my job.

I’m a true Midwestern girl. I grew up in St. Louis and have lived in the Chicagoland area since college. I graduated with a journalism degree from Northwestern University (Go, Wildcats!) and I have a love of all things media. I’ve worked for newspapers, magazines, an advertising agency and a TV production company. I guess you could call me a jill-of-all-trades. Before coming to Prime, I produced documentaries for the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and Biography Channel. They tended to mostly be about crime, so if you’re curious about biker gangs or mafia kingpins, I'm your girl.

Some of my favorite things in life are travel, chocolate, trashy TV shows (I'm not afraid to admit it!), trying out new restaurants, and puppies. Anytime I see a dog in my neighborhood, I have to stop and pet it. My friends think I'm slightly obsessed, but I just can't resist the cuteness. Now that I work at Prime, I get excited whenever I come across dog sweater patterns, because what's cuter than a puppy in knitwear?

I love discovering new and exciting recipes and sharing them with fellow food lovers, especially when they involve Nutella, so prepare to be inundated with chocolate-hazelnut goodness. You're welcome!


Simone Collins

Simone CollinsI'm Simone, a craft and cooking fanatic. I live in the big city of Chicago with my two dogs and three favorite guys who are often the subjects of my craft projects and recipes. Although I studied theater in college, crafting has always been a big part of me. My very first scrapbook was in 1985 and featured my favorite topic of that year, all things Michael Jackson. Besides paper crafting, I also enjoy sewing and crocheting in my spare time.

Cooking is not just a necessity in my house; it's a challenge. Living with a toddler, a teen, and a vegetarian really challenges my culinary skill level. I love baking or grilling and we own an insane amount of spices, so everything on our table is always flavorful.

When I am not creating projects or recipes, you can find me spending countless hours online both professionally and personally, tweeting, blogging, or pinning crazy content on Pinterest.

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