I write YA and kids books about wildfire girls, family curses, and everyday magic. Ever chasing stories, I’ve hiked over 500 miles across Spain on the Camino de Santiago trail, explored elephant sanctuaries in Chiang Mai, and taught English in the breathtaking city of Prague (all on a shoestring budget). In my professional life, I work with college kids who never let me forget the YA perspective.
My YA debut novel The Vanishing Station is forthcoming from Abrams in 2023. In the story, Ruby Santos just graduated from high school, but unlike her classmates who are backpacking or off to college, finances keep her anchored to San Francisco. But soon she’s forced to navigate a magic underground train system, keep her father alive, and save her late mother’s home, all while falling for the heir of a dangerous crime family.
Roman the Renegade—my middle grade graphic novel about street art, Filipino monsters and messy friendships—was awarded the 2021 New Visions Honor and a publishing contract with Lee & Low Books (forthcoming in 2024). Growing up in San Francisco’s Mission District, Roman was partly inspired by my love of street art, my Filipina grandma’s dementia, and the Minokawa myth (a Filipino legend about a bird-dragon who swallows the sun or moon).
When I’m not adventuring in real life, you can find me diving into a good book or trying to write with a giant furry monster draped over my lap: