I write because I can't not write. From stories about dogs when I was four years old, to a long, amusingly angsty fantasy novel in my teens, to the plays I write today, words have been my nourishment, my passion, and my life's work, and putting them on paper fulfills me like nothing else.
I have a special interest in writing stories that pose existential questions: How do people create meaning and purpose in life? Does free will exist? How do we deal with grief, loss, and the knowledge that one day we will die? These are issues I thought about a lot in my teenage years; writing was therapeutic, a way of grappling with questions that defied easy answers, and they continue to inform my writing now. As someone with an anxiety disorder (OCD), and as the daughter of a psychologist, I find myself drawn to writing about characters with mental health challenges. I love mythology and classical Greek drama, and have written several plays in verse. Coming from a political science background, I also want my writing to impact the world today: I hope that my words, while illuminating what connects us all as human beings, can also bring into focus and critically examine some of the social, economic and political inequalities entrenched in today’s society. Uniting my stories are multifaceted characters struggling and ultimately connecting with what it means to be human.
The first two books of my YA space fantasy trilogy, The Coseema Saga, are available for purchase.