the short and sweet

I write YA and graphic novels about wildfire girls, Filipino legends, family curses and graffiti magic. I’m a sucker for street art and hiking mountain tops. I’ve traveled to over 30 countries to learn more about people and places and all the things. Let me tell you a secret: I wanted to grow up to be Indiana Jones, but now I want to write my own version.

Coming from a mixed Filipino-American family, I’m determined to bring more diverse voices into mainstream fiction. I’ve interned at NaNoWriMo where I wrote inspirational blog posts broadcasted to 300,000 aspiring writers around the world. One of my manuscripts won for best YA manuscript at SCBWI’s LA Writer’s Day 2016 for my work-in-progress titled Blanca and the Ruins.

For my day job, I work with college kids, and they never let me forget the YA perspective.  I enjoy meeting fellow writers and honing my craft at writing retreats. I’ve attended the 2013 A Room of Her Own Writing Retreat at Ghost Ranch, the 2018 Madcap Writing Cross-Culturally Workshop in Nashville, YALLWEST, and various Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) workshops. I’ve been a mentor for Author Mentor Match (an awesome program if you’re looking for a middle grade or YA mentor). I’ve also taught English to eager students in a village in Thailand and in the breathtaking city of Prague. Read more about my writing and travel adventures!