I write YA novels about wildfire girls, Filipino legends, family curses, lost memories and graffiti magic. I’m rep’d by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (EMLA). I live in Santa Barbara, California, but I’m always dreaming of the next adventure. I’ve traveled to over 30 countries, and there’s nothing like running down an ancient Mayan temple while fire ants bite your feet.
I found my agent through this amazing Twitter pitching event called #DVpit that helps promote diverse voices. I was so beyond thrilled to join the Erin Murphy Literary Agency (EMLA) and after our writing retreats in Vermont & Seattle, I know I’ve found the perfect writing family! We’ve gone on submission, and I’m trying to keep busy on my new manuscript so that I don’t go insane with the waiting. If you want to read more about how I found my agent, feel free to visit my blog. I currently have three manuscripts either in progress/revision or on submission.
Besides my B.A. in English Literature and Psychology from University of California at Santa Barbara, I am an alumna of the A Room of Her Own Writing Retreat as well as the MADCAP Writing Cross-Culturally Workshop. I’ve also attended SCBWI conferences and retreats along with bookfests like YALLWEST and LA Times Book Festival. My fiction has appeared in 100 Word Story, DASH Literary Journal, Santa Fe Writers Project, and was the 2nd Place Winner in the WriterUnboxed Flash Fiction Contest, among others.
I’ve interned and blogged for the Office of Letters and Light, an organization that hosts National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the Young Writers Program for over 400,000 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.
Ever searching for lush experiences, I’ve backpacked through Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.
I love meeting YA authors and jumping into this vibrant community. Currently, I meet every other week with my critique group, and I also have amazing beta readers…. but I’m always looking for more amazing crit partners!
I’ve had some awesome mentors, and I really hope to help other writers in the same way. The karma gods demand it! I love helping a manuscript evolve into this golden shiny thing that might make a difference in the world.
My main genres are YA contemporary, magical realism, and fantasy. I especially love everyday magic in the vein of Maggie Stiefvater, Laura Ruby and Ibi Zoboi. Give me characters I wish I could wrangle into real life. Give me daring stories. Give me #ownvoices. Give me road trips and travel tales. Give me jagged edges and beautiful worlds. Give me everything, because I know you have that kind of writing in you. My goal as a mentor is to help bring out the best in your writing!
- Magical Realism/Fabulism
- Own Voices
- Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
My main genres are YA contemporary, magical realism, and fantasy, but I’m open to almost anything as long as your character’s voice pulls me in.
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
- Freestyle in chat
My ideal mentoring style:
1) Meet on Skype or Hangouts to talk over your inspiration and vision for your book, as well as the pitfalls you’re currently facing, so that I can review your manuscript with those things in mind. Plus, it would be nice to know you’re not a spambot.
2) You’ll get a detailed edit letter from me with everything from character/plot/setting notes chapter by chapter. You’ll get the good, the bad, the ugly, and a whole lot of support too!
3) After I send you my crit notes, we’ll meet again and go over any questions and brainstorm ways to fix things. Then, while you’re working on revisions, you can email questions any time. I’m totally open to reading the revised manuscript and giving feedback again.
4) Let’s also polish your query letter, synopsis, agent list, and more on the publishing process.
5) Other stuff. We’ll make it up as we go along. We’re writers after all.
I’m interested in finding a mentee that’s passionate about the story they want to tell and are ready to put the work into making it the best novel they can write.
I’m craving magical realism and road trips and travels to foreign lands and strong snappy characters that see the magic in everyday life. I’m a sucker for underdogs and misfits that just won’t give up. I love complex family and friend dynamics. I’m happy to help #ownvoices too!
DO NOT SEND ME:
I’m not really looking for stories that revolve around high school classrooms. Even though I love writing YA, you won’t have any luck dragging me back to that sandpit. I’m also edging away from heavily romantic plotlines.
Some recent faves: Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle and The Scorpio Races, Aminah Mae Safi’s Not The Girls You’re Looking For, Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap, Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, Ibi Zoboi’s American Street, Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun, Holly Black’s Curseworker Series, Lilliam Rivera’s The Education of Margot Sanchez, Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen, Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost