I was born in central Vietnam, grew up in the northeastern US, and now live in Hawaiʻi. I received my BA in creative writing from Hamilton College, MA in second language studies and PhD in English from UH Mānoa. My debut novel, Fire Summer, is a revision of my dissertation, part of which appeared in Lost Lake Folk Opera in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Heaven in a Wild Flower, my novel-in-progress, is a love story between an astronomer seeking the universe’s origin and a pentimento looking for her referent. My work is represented by the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.