My Journey began long before my first breath, before I was born pieces of me resided elsewhere. In the DNA of my forefathers, I traveled incomplete, unknowingly waiting for the day that the pieces would connect and I would be realized..
A tale of Blood and Sugar is an Intricately woven, four-part fairy tale that combines folklore, memories, and a heap of fiction, where one foot is firmly planted on the ground and another in the sky. It’s a story of self-exploration beyond the confines of one mind, combining many stories into one conscious while simultaneously reaching into the past and moving forwards into the future.
Early on, the main character is forced to straddle internal and external worlds to survive while she battles an invisible illness. In the process, she is forced to face herself, which causes real turmoil and confusion—seeing that she’s lost herself. Her only salvation is to find a mythical door of sorts, but first, she must put the missing pieces back together in a puzzle she struggles to understand while seeing through the eyes of many.
A Tale of Blood & Sugar is a fairytale woven from my imagination. I placed dreams, a sprinkling of memories, a handful of folklore, and a bucket of fairy dust into a mythical cauldron, filling my ink pen with its magical juices, and putting pen to paper, (figuratively, of course).
Moving the fairy dust aside, there are no perfect people in my stories, in my stories, the broken are heroes, and the fallen are worthy of redemption. I don’t admire perfect characters—the ones who have never fallen, struggled or fought like hell to get back up. Perfection is a flaw, and our imperfections make us uniquely human.
Being a multiethnic person with an invisible illness, and a mother to a child with autism —has given me a unique perspective. It’s part of my nature to show multiple points of view. At times, I focus more on the individual than the group, bringing to light the story less likely to be told.
Through my writing, I aim to show people of different ethnicities, nationalities, and beliefs. I aim to show people with invisible illnesses, mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and various sexual orientations. I aim to show we are more alike than different, but at the same time, I want to honor individuality and make it clear that it’s okay to be exactly who you are.
My goal is to tear down misconceptions and ideologies based on hatred, fear, or false beliefs—while honoring individual rights, freedom of expression, and free speech to create a more inclusive world, a world where all cultures are celebrated, and everyone’s voice is valid. Black, white, brown, or yellow —we are all human, and we all have a unique story to tell.