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, and the leaf-filtered afternoon sun.
Whether I was inventing an imaginary world or sitting quietly in the dirt, something was always on my mind: how could I appreciate the Earth’s beauty, or connect with the life around me, without fighting to protect it? That’s why I wrote Call of the Sun Child and Listen, both of which have environmental themes, and that’s also why I chose to get my BA in Environmental Studies and my MA in Environmental Humanities.
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. In 2018 I received my master’s in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah, and I focused my studies on environmental writing. I’m now back home in Oregon, where I’m working on a new novel.
My first novel was published in March 2014, my second was released in March 2016, and my third, The Seas of Distant Stars, will be released in August 2018.