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.
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 SCBWI and regularly attend their conferences and retreats along with bookfests like YALLWEST and the LA Times Book Festival. My fiction has appeared in 100 Word Story, DASH Literary Journal, Dactyl Magazine, Santa Fe Writers Project, and was the 2nd Place Winner in the 2013 Stanford Story Slam as well as the WriterUnboxed Flash Fiction Contest.
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 though Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.
Currently, I meet every other week with my critique group, and I also have amazing beta readers. I found my agent via the #DVpit Twitter contest, so I can also give advice on pitching and querying.
I’m interested in finding a mentee that’s passionate about the story they want to tell! I want to help brainstorm ways to make their story really connect with readers. My critique partners have told me that I’m good at picking out trouble areas while also appreciating the special magic that you’ve woven onto the page. I’m here to bounce ideas around on how to make your revisions that much better. I’m also especially interested in a diverse world and a voice that sticks with me long after putting the pages down. Most of my critique partners also become great friends as we cheer each other on through the crazy ups and downs of the writing life.
Based on my experience with my critique partners, I’m happy to help with overall manuscript revisions as well as line-by-line edits. I also try to be as supportive of the writer as possible while still giving honest and helpful feedback. I know how hard it can be to share your work with others, and I think it’s important to build trust with critique partners.
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!
Just to give you a peek at my some recent faves: Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle and The Scorpio Races, Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap, Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun, Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places, Holly Black’s Curseworker Series, Sarah Mass’ Court of Mist and Fury, Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and the list goes on…
My current to-read list that I’m super excited about: Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, Ibi Zoboi’s American Street, Lilliam Rivera’s The Education of Margot Sanchez, Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen