the short and sweet

I write YA novels about wildfire girls, Filipino legends, family curses and graffiti magic. I’m rep’d by the fabulous Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (EMLA). I live in Santa Barbara where the hills catch fire and my monstrously sweet pit bull frolics the beaches.

And if you must know more:

I work with nonprofits and universities to craft their “voice” and deliver innovative educational programs.  Also, I don my superhero outfit as a fiction writer and an advocate for literacy & creative writing. I have contributed to the daring goals of Room to Read as well as the Office of Letters and Light, an organization that hosts National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the Young Writers Program for over 300,000 participants worldwide. I’ve also taught English skills to eager students in a village in Thailand and in the breathtaking city of Prague, Czech Republic.

Besides my B.A. in English Literature and Psychology from University of California at Santa Barbara, I am an alumna of the 2013 A Room of Her Own Writing Retreat. I am also an avid member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). My fiction has appeared in 100 Word Story, DASH Literary Journal, Dactyl MagazineSanta Fe Writers Project, and was the 2nd Place Winner in the 2013 Stanford Story Slam as well as the WriterUnboxed Flash Fiction Contest.

Ever searching for lush experiences, I’ve backpacked though Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Read more about my writing and traveling on my blog!