I’m the author of two young-adult novels: Listen, a newly released coming-of-age story, and the award-winning novel Call of the Sun Child. This blog is my view of the world as told through short stories, narratives, poetry, and photography.
I was raised in the suburban outskirts of Portland, surrounded by fragmented forests, the distant glimmering of the Cascades, and the beautiful but polluted Willamette river.
I’ve always loved writing, reading, and imagining things. My childhood was one imaginary game after another. In the forest behind my house I pretended maple leaves were tree-lamps, ivy was money, and fern shoots were a rare species called long-trunked-thunder-elephants. I stood at the base of great, groaning cedars, listening to delicate robin-songs and singing along in my own made-up language. The forest was my playground. I loved the ferns, the creek, the dulling sun through leaves at mid-afternoon.
Whether I was inventing an imaginary world or sitting quietly in the dirt, something was always in the back of my mind: that I couldn’t appreciate the Earth’s beauty, or connect with the life around me, without fighting to protect it. That’s why I chose an environmental studies major. That’s why I wrote Call of the Sun Child and Listen.
In 2011 I graduated from West Linn High School. I attended Clackamas Community College for a year before transferring to the University of Oregon, where, in 2015, I received a major in environmental studies and a minor in creative writing. My first novel was published in March 2014, and my second was released in March 2016!