Nuclear engineering turned screenwriter, I specialize in writing historical dramas and genre, and love making practical fx filled films.
I always loved movies growing up as a mixed-race Latina Navy brat from San Antonio, but my career did not begin in the arts. I studied environmental engineering at MIT on a full ride ROTC scholarship, and while during school, wrote and directed short films for fun and realized filmmaking was a very real career option. By then I was already on the engineering train and it had left the station. When I graduated, I received a commission in the US Navy as a nuclear Surface Warfare Officer, and spent the next 5 years on warships and operating nuclear reactors onboard aircraft carriers. But though all my days at sea, film stayed firmly at the forefront of my mind. When my military commitment was up, I packed my car and moved to Los Angeles with zero connections and a handful of interviews. The rest is history.
As an executive assistant at CAA and then Justin Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment, I learned the ropes around development, but it was thanks to the Writers Guild Foundation Veterans Writing Program that I fell in love with screenwriting and realized that I was a writer through and through. Knowing there was so much still to learn and wanting to quickly form a creative network, I used my military GI Bill to earn an MFA in TV and Screenwriting from Stephens College while working full time and serving in the Navy Reserves. It was the best decision of my life and solidified my goals of becoming a working screenwriter.
Thanks to my vagabond childhood and wanderlust, I’ve had the opportunity to live in 15 states and travel to 32 countries, immersing myself in rich cultures around the United States and around the world. I resigned from the military in 2018, but the military has not left me. I’m married to an active duty Navy Officer. That decision meant moving away from Los Angeles, but sent me to Bahrain in the Middle East for 18 months.
These days, I'm based on the island of Oahu, Hawaii where I live with my husband Jon and rescue dog Maxie. Always writing, I am working on a horror anthology podcast for QCode Media and authoring a new biography on Sally Ride in addition to my screenplays.