Adrienne is an energetic and talented person, with considerable experience in a wide range of areas. Born in New Zealand, she has lived and worked in Australia, Spain and England.
She graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA in Music, Latin, French and Linguistics. She is also a highly accomplished classical pianist.
With her husband, Geoff, she ran a small business, Isis Decora Designs Ltd, in England for some 24 years, producing bespoke china and porcelain, achieving a high reputation for excellent quality and service. The majority of their work was done for some of the top companies in Britain and Europe as well as organisations such as English Heritage, The National Trust and various cathedrals and castles in the United Kingdom. Adrienne worked in all areas of the company - screen-printing, production and accounts, as well as designing the advertising material, leaflets and websites, so 'checking, checking and checking again!' is second nature to her. Read more about Isis Decora Designs here.
Sadly, Geoff passed away unexpectedly in 2004, but Adrienne kept the business going successfully until 2006, when she had a recurrence of cancer from ten years previous, so she decided to close the company and return to New Zealand. After having life-saving surgery in Auckland, not realising this was even possible, Adrienne decided to start a new career.
She always had a love of English and studied Latin to university level, giving her a superb grounding in English grammar, so she decided to study for a Diploma in Book Editing, Proofreading and Publishing, which she gained in 2008, and now works freelance.
Her services are also offered to publishing houses and the private and corporate sectors, and she has expanded into providing a service of full editing, proofreading, and book design and layout, taking manuscripts right through the system to finished printed book, or eBook. Read more ...
She has built up a very successfu lbusiness, having published about 135 books as at early 2018, some of which appear on the Published Books page, in addition to the many manuscripts she works on but does not necessarily take to printed book format.
In 2017, Adrienne married John Charlton, and so began an exciting new phase of life.
Adrienne is a self-motivated and dedicated worker, with a love of challenging and interesting work; she has a wide general knowledge and good business skills, a huge amount of patience and great attention to detail. She also has typesetting, layout, photographic and photo restoration abilities, all of which give her a range of experience and expertise – far wider than just proofreading – to offer her clients. Particular interests include classical music, history, archaeology, photography, animals, food and wine, porcelain and glass, travel and computers.
Adrienne is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors. Most of her work now is private, freelance business but she is an approved proofreader for the University of Auckland.
She has real commitment, energy and enthusiasm for all undertakings, along with a good sense of humour, which is vital these days, always putting the client first.