weaving lore and tradition into imaginary worlds

a digital portrait of a woman with black hair, a white shirt and gold earrings

who this?

I'm a new writer dipping my toes into 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 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.

I wanted to be a writer as a child. However, I dropped creative writing after high school and convinced myself I just wasn't cut out for it. With nothing else to do outside of my apartment, I successfully completed NaNoWriMo in 2020 and decided to give this writing thing another try.

I am still learning and becoming more comfortable with this whole process. If you enjoy even a tiny bit of what I've written, I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

(Digital Portrait credit to Alisia of 1m2handmade)

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.

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