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I caught the writing bug early on in elementary school after my teacher showed me how to make my own book. Excited by this idea, I ran home and made my first picture book on notebook paper and bound with yarn. I majored in creative writing at the University of Southern California, and entered the world of editing through educational publishing while working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

I love getting lost in a great story, whether it be literary, science fiction, or coming-of-age. In critique groups and workshops, I’ve had the privilege of reading works-in-progress and being a part of a great story from its inception through revisions and beyond. If I can ever help an author along in their process, then I consider that a success for both of us.

When I’m not writing or reading, I’m usually at a concert, on the beach, traveling, or spoiling my two cats. When I am reading, I’m usually reading dystopian novels, young adult, or a literary classic.

Edited or Co-Edited by Lina Rivera:

Kubrick’s Game
Derek Taylor Kent

The Colonel and the Bee
Patrick Canning