A Little About Me…
I’m a writer with a focus on YA, passionate about telling the stories of those that are not often loud enough to be heard.
I grew up in Massachusetts, never too far from the ocean. When I was a kid, I would run around outside and compose stories and songs that I would perform to the forest. The moment they left my mouth, they were never heard from again. I never understood that people wrote stories for a living, but I managed to pursue another love of mine at first, music.
I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where I discovered performance poetry. I started learning to art of speaking my truth without shame, and sharing it. It taught me that I was allowed to be more than one thing in my life.
I’m living with depression and anxiety.
I am still learning who I am every day.
During my time in college, I was searching for a place to find myself mirrored back at me. I couldn’t find any young people who were allowed to be more than one thing. They were mentally ill or LGBT or just struggling in general. They were boy or girl. They were still enforcing every binary I could think of. Eventually I remembered one of the things my best friend and mentor told me, “only you can tell your story.” So I started to tell my story.
In 2017, I decided to take that story a little more seriously, and began the Bath Spa University MA in Writing for Young People, where that story became my manuscript throughout the course. It’s been 5 years, too many drafts and changes to count, but it’s almost ready to submit to agents.
Currently, as well as being a writer, I’m working as a freelance teacher, writing coach, digital content creator, and digital marketing specialist. Mostly, I’m doing anything that helps others tell their stories. I am most excited especially by helping lift up the stories of queer, disabled, mentally-ill and otherwise marginalized people, who’s voices are not always heard.