After the Phoenix shut down in 2013, I started writing essays that explored the evolution of my identity and my personal experience with trauma.
In 2016, I published this essay about the impact of rape on my writing career via xoJane.com.
How Writing Helped Me Heal From Rape Trauma
I realized I was a writer long before I was raped. Both conclusions have had comparable impact on the trajectory of my career. As a disillusioned adolescent desperate for guiding words to live by, I found solace in a self-help tip from a fortune cookie: “If you’re feeling down, try throwing yourself into your work.” I obeyed for as long as I could.