I fell in love with words when I first learned that scribbled shapes on paper could create meaning. I spent my childhood reading entirely too much, and found a home in fantasy novels, then another in science fiction and graphic novels, and then another in the magical realism genre.
I graduated from the Orange County High School of the Arts as a student in the Drama department. I left with a completely unrelated award for excellence in Mythology and Composition.
I went on to attend Fullerton College, and (after changing my major about six times) left with Associate degrees in Liberal Arts and English, as well as the William T. Boyce Creative Non-Fiction Award. I studied English at Cal State University, Fullerton.
In my early twenties, I put all of my things in storage, gave up my car, and became a professional sailor for a couple of years. I've sailed tall ships as a standing crew member on three seas.
I'm currently a freelance writer and novelist based in Southern California where I live with my husband (a merchant mariner), and our cats, Inara and Riodaina.