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Editor for Life: Lianne George, editor-in-chief at Chatelaine

Interview conducted by Jennifer D. Foster

A career as an editor is often a solo adventure, especially if you’re a freelancer. So we thought one way to better connect with fellow editors was to ask them the W5: who, what, where, when, and why. Read on for some thought-provoking, enlightening tidbits from those of us who choose to work with words to earn our keep.

Editor for Life: Lianne George, editor-in-chief at Chatelaine

Lianne, please tell us a little about yourself, the kind of work you do, and how long you’ve been an editor.

I’ve been an editor for 15 years. Currently, I’m the editor-in-chief of Chatelaine, which is very much my dream job. Prior to this, I was the editor of The Grid, a weekly Toronto magazine owned by Torstar. Over the years, I’ve worked for a range of publications, including Maclean’s, Canadian Business, ELLE Canada, and the National Post.

Who: If you could edit one famous author, living or dead, who would it be?

This is a very tough question. It’s hard to contemplate the possibility that my favourite writers—Haruki Murakami, Mariam Toews, Edith Wharton, Joan Didion, George Saunders, Alice Munro, etc.—would have required any help from me. So just for the hell of it, I would pick either Caitlin Moran or P.G. Wodehouse, both of whom really make me laugh. Or Jane Austen, whose manuscripts I would enjoy immersing myself in for long stretches of time. It might be an opportunity to ask her, do these feisty heroines always have to get married? What would happen if one or two of them didn’t get married? (I might be fired.) (more…)