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About Corinne McKay, CT

I am an American Translators Association-certified French to English translator based in Boulder, Colorado. I have over 12 years of experience as a full-time freelancer, specializing in international development and corporate communications translations and non-fiction books. My clients include NGOs and international aid organizations, law firms, publishing houses and high-quality translation companies. I can honestly say that I was born to be a translator, because my birthday is the feast of St. Jerome, also known as International Translation Day.

Based on my experiences as a freelancer, I’ve written two books for translators, How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator and Thoughts on Translation, a collection of posts from my blog by the same name. Together, these books have over 10,000 copies in print, and have become go-to references for the translation industry. Since 2006, I’ve also been teaching online courses for freelance translators who want to launch and run successful businesses.

In addition to working as a translator, I am an active translators association volunteer: I served as President of the Colorado Translators Association from 2008-2012, and was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Translators Association in 2012. My educational background includes a BA in French and English from SUNY Geneseo and the University of Grenoble, France and an MA in French Literature and Culture from Boston College, where I was inducted into Pi Delta Phi, the national French honor society.

When not at the computer, I can often be found skiing, hiking and biking in the Rockies with my husband and daughter. I also enjoy growing vegetables and flowers, and I’m a mediocre but enthusiastic musician, currently learning to play the Renaissance lute. I’m an animal lover, and my daughter and I are active dog-walking volunteers at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Like nearly all translators, I also love to travel, and many of our family vacations are spent seeing the mountains of Europe by bicycle.