It’s my life …

I don’t think there was ever a time in my life when I wasn’t thinking about storytelling. Before I even knew how to write my name, I was asking random people to jot down the many fictional scenarios running rampant in my head. I also used tape recorders to get my stories out into the world, resulting in a stack of hour-long cassettes filled with the incoherent ramblings of an overeager, ADHD-riddled preschooler. When I turned nine, I convinced my father to fly me to New York City to convince the receptionist at DC Comics headquarters to take my comic-book portfolio seriously. While that didn’t quite pan out, I knew I had a penchant for the written word when my third-grade creative writing teacher announced before the class that he had never met a more talented student. That prompted me to query my first book to publishers at the tender age of fourteen, and by high school, I had finished my first full-length novel. At the University of South Florida, I received my BA in English while pursuing an MA in Ancient History. During that time, my three fan-fiction submissions won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, while my horror story received runner-up for the prestigious Mary Shelley Wollstonecraft Award.

In 2017, I released the first in my fantasy series, Ages of Aenya, which stands at 4.6 on GoodReads and 4+ stars on Amazon. The spin-off and follow-up to that book, The Princess of Aenya, received a number of accolades. IndieReader gave it 4.7 out of 5 stars, remarking, “Judged by top industry professionals–not as merely a great indie book–but as a great book, period,” while KIRKUS MAGAZINE included The Princess of Aenya in their list of 20 Great Indie Books Worth Discovering.

The Feral Girl, a prequel to Ages of Aenya, was released in 2022.

When I am not working on my books, I am discussing literature with my good friend and co-host, Heather, in our new podcast, Story Matters! Be sure to stop by and listen!

More about me . . .

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