I’ve always had the urge to write for as long as I can remember. my earliest writing memory is from middle school, when we had to write a poem for a class assignment. naturally, I was drawn to writing about my darkest, most vulnerable experiences. my poem was voted best in the class, and I got to read in front of the entire school. I received a standing ovation, and realized that my words could make others cry, not out of sadness, but out of connection. as life went on, I eventually stopped writing, spending the next few years making mistakes & learning, on repeat. after a breakup, job change and a sudden onset of chronic pain, I found myself overwhelmed by life. writing became more than an escape: it was healing me. I began sharing my work on Instagram, and the feedback I received was life-changing. knowing that others not only appreciated my work, but also related to it, inspired me to continue to write, finally culminating in my first book, soft thorns.