At a very young age I found reading difficult. In school, children laughed at me when I read aloud because my mouth would utter words my eyes did not see. I lost confidence and became uninterested in books all together. But my love of creating life on blank pages never ceased. Excitement soured through my fidgety little body every time my teacher mentioned the words “writing assignment”. Of course, at the tender age of nine I had no clue I could make a living doing what I loved and I certainly didn’t think I could do it with all my troubles with reading in general. So I wanted to be an actress instead.
Accompanying my mother, an avid reader, to the library regularly over the next few years, my disdain for reading slowly began to subside—even if my loathing for reading aloud still lingered—and I started to tread the waters of literary imagination. But it wasn’t until my third year of junior high school that I truly dove into the ocean of pages filled with adventure, suspense, and mystery. Page turning novels like the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, The Claidi Journals series by Tanith Lee, and A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L’Engle were my inspiration, not only to submerge myself into these different worlds, but also to broaden my own mind as I gave birth to new fictional life.
During my sophomore year of college at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, I learned that my school offered a bachelors program for aspiring Creative Writing Majors. I had not considered majoring in Creative Writing, as writing was just something I liked to do when the occasion arose, but I jumped at the opportunity.
I wrote the first four chapters of my debut novel, Airion: Return To Zire, as my senior thesis and continued it abroad during a one-year exchange in Japan. At present, I still live in Japan, writing and teaching English to elementary school students. With the first book of the AIRION series completed, my focus is directed to book two, Airion: Light and Dawn.