As developmental editor, SUSAN SCHMIDT polishes science and history books, novels, and memoirs-with the same mindfulness as pruning apple trees. She has been a professor of literature and environmental decision-making, sailboat delivery captain, and government science-policy analyst. She has a doctorate in American literature and a Masters in Environmental Sciences. To witness natural diversity, she walked the Camino de Santiago, Cornwall Coastal Path, Scottish Highlands, Ring of Kerry, and Appalachian Trail; surveyed birds in Kenya and Ecuador; paddled Prince William Sound and Milford Sound; and delivered sailboats to the West Indies. Her homeplace is the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, and her homeport is Beaufort, North Carolina, where she walks beaches with her Boykin Spaniel. Susan Schmidt's two new books are Song of Moving Water, an environmental novel where a young woman organizes a mountain community to fight a proposed dam, and Salt Runs in My Blood-poems about journeys in boats and walking long trails. Her poems appear in Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina and won the 2012 Guy Owen Poetry Prize. She wrote Landfall Along the Chesapeake, In the Wake of Captain John Smith (Johns Hopkins University Press), an ecological history and boat adventure.