I’m a child of science and healthcare. Before they retired, my father worked as an engineer at a hospital and my mother worked as a military dentist back in the Philippines. Teachers fill my dad’s side of the family while accountants populate my mom’s.

So, naturally, I decided to become a writer.

But like many writers, I’ve held an odd collection of jobs: lab technician for a clinical diagnostic firm, filing clerk, research assistant in a military laboratory, book reviewer for a trade magazine,  enrichment teacher, ghostblogger, and pop culture writer. These days, when I’m not stringing stories together, I work as a research assistant.

I like to write about girls and women caught in between. Brown girls. Queer girls. Angry girls. Defiant girls. Unpleasant girls. Monstrous girls. Girls who just want to be.

And the women they eventually become.

Because the world can always use more of those stories.

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Or: The Concise Version

Alessa was originally born in the Philippines but now lives in the Washington D.C. suburbs. She writes about the troubled lives of  dangerous women and monster girls. In addition to writing, she practices yoga, fusses around in her vegetable garden, watches lots of action movies, and reads even more books and manga. She also finds writing about herself in the third person to be very weird and would like to keep it to a minimum if at all possible.