Hi, I’m McKenna. I tell stories with words, photography, and video. I’m fascinated by the way stories shape culture and vice versa, and the role storytelling plays in shaping identity.
As a creative writer, I’ve experimented in many forms: long- and short-form prose fiction; poetry; nonfiction essays; screenwriting; and playwriting.
I am currently writing a science fiction, fantasy, and horror crossover novel that explores social justice issues from the perspective of futuristic humans who have survived the destructive consequences of climate change. My novel explores the relationship between women and the natural world, how social biases and prejudices shift yet endure over time, and the coexistence of power and oppression. It explores questions about healing from trauma and writing one’s own future while learning from but not being weighed down by the past.
In my professional life I work as a writer, editor, and social media specialist. I help brands and individuals share their stories through a variety of mediums, from brand journalism articles to photography and videography to social media content.
I graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English, but I also dedicated much of my undergraduate career to studying psychology and other social sciences. I am a self-taught photographer and videographer. If there’s something I don’t know how to do but want to learn, I will teach myself; I’m always eager for a challenge.
When I’m not working or writing, you can find me exploring the Pacific Northwest’s awe-inspiring landscapes, rain or shine; snuggled on the couch with my pug, Jane, and a book (I have a soft spot for Victorian novels); or nerding out over a sci-fi or fantasy TV show (especially if it’s the X-Files).