An overview of my writing experience and samples of my work.
As an 10-year-old bookworm, I decided that I was going to become a writer when I grew up.
I’m currently writing the first draft of a hybrid novel that combines elements of fantasy, science fiction, horror and dystopian literature.
My creative nonfiction essay “Choosing to Be a Shut-In” was published in the anthology Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19. You can find it in the eBook and audiobook editions.
I also have studied the craft of and write poems, screenplays, teleplays and short stories.
In college, my poetry was published in UW’s student literary journal, Bricolage, and one of my short plays was performed during the drama school’s New Works Festival.
Health and Wellness Writing
I’m a writer and editor for UW Medicine’s online magazine, Right as Rain. (View my author page.) I write health and wellness articles with a focus on mental health and patient stories, plus edit and proofread my colleagues’ work.
Previously, I wrote news releases and crafted pitches for UW Medicine as a communications coordinator on the media relations team. As a student at the University of Washington, I wrote and edited for the college newspaper, The Daily. I won a first place Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists for my work. The ethics and sense of responsibility I learned as a student journalist remain central to my approach as a writer.
What to Do If the Pandemic Made You Afraid to Leave Your House
I have had agoraphobia since I was a teenager, and I wrote about my experiences — plus interviewed a psychologist for some practical tips — to help those who are currently struggling with the fear of leaving home during the pandemic. I have also written about pandemic-induced anxiety, how to tell if symptoms are COVID-19 or a panic attack, and a deep dive piece on why popular anti-anxiety medications like Xanax may not be safe.
Could You Survive These “Game of Thrones” Near-Death Scenarios?
As a Game of Thrones fan who works in healthcare, I wanted to find a way to pay homage to the final season through my work. So I asked an emergency doctor at Harborview Medical Center — the only level I trauma and burn center in a four-state region — to weigh in on the survivability of some dramatic scenes from the show. Some of his answers may surprise you.
What to Say (and Not to Say) to Someone with Anxiety
As someone with an anxiety disorder, I see how hard it can be for friends and family to know what to say—or how to help—when I’m panicking. I consulted a clinical psychologist for tips on how to show support for someone you care about who struggles with anxiety.
Finding Himself in the Storm: One Brain Cancer Survivor’s Journey
Anthony Hale was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 21 and endured aggressive treatment. Years after going into remission, he almost died after being stabbed in the neck by a stranger. But he didn’t give up. Instead, he started making music as a way to process everything that happened to him. I interviewed him about his near-death experiences and how he stays resilient.
These Young Moms Were Strangers—Until One Needed a Kidney Transplant
Nicole Langley and Jayme Jahns grew up in the same town, but never knew each other—until Jayme needed a kidney transplant, posted on Facebook looking for a donor, and Nicole offered to go in for testing. Nicole ended up being a better match than Jahns’ own family members, and her act of kindness saved Jahns’ life.
Why You Should Still Go Outside When the Weather Sucks
Seattleites know the feeling: When it’s raining and windy and dreary, sometimes the last thing we want to do is venture outdoors, despite how beautiful this area is. I spoke with researchers who study the health benefits of nature and who make a convincing argument that even rainy days help boost our mental and physical wellbeing.