I was born during a drought-ending rainstorm in November, but in life I am pleased with all sorts of weather. I have lived all my life in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently share my space with my husband, artist Brian Belew, my son Mateo, daughter Mina, cats Jenny Flint and Philippa Purrip (Pippa), and a very lazy bearded dragon named Crackers.
I graduated from San Jose State University’s creative writing program in 2008 with a Master of Fine Arts degree and was the recipient of the Marjorie McLaughlin Folendorf Award. In 2006, my short story “Panchita’s Sea Lion” won an AWP Intro Journal Award and was published in The Colorado Review.
In my fiction, from my early work in Strange Horizons to her comics in the anthologies Put The Book Back On The Shelf: A Belle And Sebastian Anthology and This Is A Souvenir: The Songs Of Spearmint & Shirley Lee, and Womanthology: Space, to my novel Half a Person, I strive to infuse a sense of magic even when about it is about the mundane.
From January 2003 until January 2012, I was editor-in-chief at the comics and graphic novel publisher SLG Publishing and I worked in sales, public relations, and marketing at Image Comics from January 2012 until April 2015.
In 2006, I received the Friends of Lulu “Woman of Distinction” award for my work in the comics industry. I wrote my “Life in Comics” column for Publishers Weekly for three years and explored the influence of pop culture on my life in “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,” a comic drawn by Brian Belew and published at Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6 blog. Currently, I review graphic novels Publishers Weekly and assist with marketing for the comics education company Comics Experience.
I love to look out windows and listen to The Smiths, have a deep, abiding fascination for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Cleopatra VII, share a birthday with three of my favorite people — Voltaire, René Magritte, and Björk — and wish I could grow up to be like Gabriel García Márquez.