If you ask three different people who I am, each one will give you a different answer. I believe that everyone has different phases, faces, and layers that are constantly changing and evolving, but the core of their being remains constant. But even in saying that, some of us have a rebirth. Some people are resurrected out of ash. I am one of those people.
Who am I? I’m a survivor, a beautiful introvert who refuses to conform to any mold. I’m a weaver of dreams, memories, folklore, imagination, and fairy dust. In my mind resides a plethora of images, thoughts, and emotions unbridled by realities-restraints. My pen and paintbrush are my instruments—a means of translating the magic inside of me into a tangible medium that others can understand. I create because it’s who I am. It’s really that simple.
Moving the fairy dust aside, there are no safe spaces in my stories; they are as raw and savagely beautiful as the world is. There are no perfect people in the pages of my books. 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.