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About the Author

Photo by Al Bogdan, 2012

Photo by Al Bogdan, 2012

I was born in San Diego, California but I’ve lived most of my life in Colorado. I fell in love with writing in fifth grade with my first writer’s workshop class, and I spent my childhood dreaming of someday being a writer, like CS Lewis or Wilson Rawls.

I graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2003 with degrees in both English and History, and it was in my college history courses that I discovered a passion for Aztec history and mythology. In 2002 I attended the Clarion West science fiction and fantasy workshop in Seattle, Washington, studying under Paul Park, Kathleen Alcala, Pat Cadigan, Gardner Dozois, Joe and Gay Haldeman, and John Crowley. I credit John Crowley for encouraging me to pursue “those Aztec stories”.

In 2009, my Aztec alternate history story “Night Bird Soaring” was a finalist for the Sidewise Award, and I made my first professional short fiction sale to Realms of Fantasy in 2010. My first novel The Bone Flower Throne–an feminist, epic historical fantasy retelling of the Topiltzin-Quetzalcoatl myths came out from Panverse Publishing in October of 2013.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading historical novels–both fantasy and romance–and watching The Big Bang Theory. I’m married to a mechanical engineer turned computer science geek, and we have two children, so I also spend a lot of time doing the mom-thing, going to baseball and basketball practices, or watching Pinewood Derby races; I particularly love playing catch with my son, and geeking-out on Harry Potter with my daughter.