Nuclear engineer turned screenwriter, I specialize in writing horror and adapting true stores.
My journey did not begin in the arts. As a mixed-race Latina Navy brat from San Antonio, I was encouraged to get a STEM degree. Although I voraciously consumed films all the while growing up, filmmaking was not even a blip on my radar as a career path. I studied environmental engineering at MIT on an ROTC scholarship and started making short films for fun in tunnels and parking garages around the school, my cast and crews of wrangled engineers running on jolt and pizza. 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. 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.
I learned the ropes an executive assistant at CAA and Justin Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment, but I fell in love with screenwriting during the Writers Guild Foundation Veterans Writing Project. I went on to earn an MFA in TV and Screenwriting from Stephens College while working full time and serving in the Navy Reserves.
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 country and around the world. Most recently I spent 18 months living in Bahrain in the Middle East.
These days, I'm based on the island of Oahu with my husband Jon and rescue dog Max. I'm currently working on a new biography on Sally Ride, co-writing a sports comedy feature set in Hawaii, and diving into the microbudget filmmaking world as a Creative Lab Hawaii Fellow.
I'm looking forward to 2021 being a great year!