close up selfie of the writer's face, background is of dark blue upholstery

who this?

I'm a writer exploring the world of speculative fiction. I live with my significant other, two chaotic cats, and a jungle's worth of plants on the east coast of the U.S.

Currently, I am focused on exploring Vietnamese folklore, mythology, and ghost stories in my writing. However, I am generally interested in the uplifting and haunting forms of human connection-and how SFF writing can lay those bare.

If you enjoy even a tiny bit of what I've written, I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

behind a name

Hiền (heeng. pronounce sing with a long e sound in the middle, replace the s with an h and you've got it)

When I was born, my Vietnamese parents wanted to give me the name Ngọc Hiền (gentle jade). However, they ultimately decided on a Western name because they felt I'd have an easier time. So, I've chosen to write under the name originally intended for me.

a few facts about me...

  • My day job involves a lot of spreadsheets.

  • I have "run" a marathon. Very slowly.

  • I am essentially an indoor cat, both in terms of sleep patterns and bouts of late night energy.

  • My favorites include: The Good Place, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Legend of Mana, GBBO, and Undertale. Give me all the video game husbandos.

Tuxedo cat lying on table
Grey tabby cat lying down with Princess Leia hat