Writer of speculative upper-MG. While I dabble, my work generally tends to be somewhat quirky and offbeat. I love genre-mixing, and if you’re a fan of The Good Place, we’ll probably get along. I’ve written a comic that was published in WAYWARD SISTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MONSTROUS WOMEN (think The Golden Girls as elderly Chinese vengeance demons), as well as another lady monster-themed short story that will be published in the prose horror anthology MALAISE. I’m also a former publishing intern and was a finalist/semifinalist in a “write the worst opening line to a novel” comedy contest four times.
I love superheroes, fairy tales, anything horror, overlooked women’s history, and stories that mashup genres or blur genre boundaries, though I’m not limited to these things. I’d love to see more Asian-inspired fantasy!
Some favorites: PEASPROUT CHEN, FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, THE GIRL WHO COULD FLY, the SISTERS GRIMM series, A LITTLE PRINCESS, SIREN SISTERS, and on the YA side, Marissa Meyer’s LUNAR CHRONICLES series and Julie C. Dao’s RISE OF THE EMPRESS duology.
12-year-old Mike Koenig knows his big brother Arnold is secretly a superhero, but Arnold barely even seems to know Mike exists. Mike wants more than anything to prove to his brother that he’s worthy of being his sidekick, but he soon learns being a hero is more complicated than he expected.
My brother has a secret.
By day, he’s Arnold Koenig, high school freshman. By night, he’s Renaissance Man, one of the most prominent heroes in the northeastern region of Orion’s Belt. You know how the U.S. has regions like the Bible Belt and the Sun Belt? Orion’s Belt, which runs in a long diagonal slash across of the United States, is one of those. Only instead of Jesus or oranges, we’re known for our abnormally high concentration of superheroes.
Because of my brother’s extracurricular activities, I’m used to him coming home late. But when it’s almost midnight before I finally spot my brother arriving home, I still sigh in relief. Then I close my laptop, which was open to a T!tan argument over whether Axiom Man or Tomorrow Girl would win in a fight (Tomorrow Girl, obviously), and run downstairs.
According to my log, Arnold most likely hasn’t had dinner yet. I retrieve the leftover liver pineapple from the fridge, taking care not to get too much mayonnaise off the liver or throw up. It’s a recipe from the 1960s, back from before the evolution of taste buds. I’m re-heating it when I turn around and see my brother.
“Hey, Arnold,” I say. My older brother walks past me, stopping when he collides into the wall.
My confusion turns to alarm.
“Arnold! What happened?”
He rubs his temple with his freakishly large hand. I run to the fridge and grab an ice pack. (The convenience store manager, Mr. Bupkis, is under the impression that my brother is “very clumsy.”)
I dabble, but I expect my focus will be speculative MG. After this project I have a fantasy trilogy that I’m very excited about–if you like the weird, slightly surreal world-building and genre-mixing of SAMURAI JACK, it might be up your alley.
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