I was born in Bucharest, Romania on August 27, 1990, and I’ve been writing since 2005. I am a graduate of the California State University of Fullerton, with a B.A. in English, an aspiring novelist, and a loveable cynic who likes to indulge in Jack and Coke every now and then.
The day I started writing–or decided that I wanted to become a writer–still is fresh within my mind even to this day. It was mid-Summer (2005), and I was taking a shower, thinking about how captivating the Harry Potter series was, and how amazing it would be to tell a story of my own. So, after stepping out of the shower and drying myself off, I sat down at my desk and started typing what would be the first paragraph of my first novel. Needless to say, I was very excited. And looking back on it now (though I still cringe out how much I blatantly ripped off Harry Potter in the first draft) I wouldn’t change a thing. It taught me about originality and finding my own voice, and set me on the path that I was meant to walk.
While J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series inspired me to write, my most interesting influence is Edgar Allan Poe. The topics of my stories vary, but like Poe, my favorite thing to write about is death and women. It’s something that has always piqued my interest, and the story of a man who’s been deprived of his beloved is both tragic and immensely interesting to study.
-Ursula K. Le Guin