Growing up in a small Northern California town, my teenage world was shaped by anime and manga, Final Fantasy games, and whatever superhero comics the library had. I was drawn to stories of dynamic characters living colorful lives. I was torn between wanting to draw comics and be an astronomer until I fell deeply into the queer confessional YA novels starting to be published in the early 2000s. I knew then that I wanted to write fiction.
I graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in English and around that time, I came out as a transgender man and as pansexual, two identities that affect my writing deeply. Nowadays, I live in Sacramento, California with my partner.
I use short fiction to explore how gender, sexuality, community, and relationships affect one's perspective. I love using the tropes of science fiction and fantasy to provoke protagonists into understanding themselves more deeply—and as a source of escapism and fun!