How did you react when you learned Natacha Bustos would be the artist on it?
I was ecstatic! I was a huge fan of her work on the Moon Girl series so it was truly a dream come true. I’m still a huge fan, and I hope we can work together again in the future.
Did you go to school for creative writing?
I didn’t. I majored in biological science and went to work in research and clinical labs right after college. I had no idea I’d be writing comics professionally one day.
A resource like The Standard Comic Script from Steenz and Camilla Zhang has only been around since 2022 to help writers consider another way (not an "only" way) to draft comics scripts. How did you learn how to write for comics?
I’m so happy they took the time to create that. It’s hard to start something when you don’t know how to begin.
When I got serious about writing comics, I remembered a few special edition comics [that] I had included the scripts in them. I love researching and seeking out the info I need. So, I went back and looked at those, studying them and how they translated to the finished comic page, then I took what I felt worked best for me and went from there. My scripts from 2019 are night and day from my scripts now. There is always room to evolve in your writing.
It feels like your path into writing comics professionally began with writing your own webcomic–Parenthood Activate–with artist Sarah Macklin, and writing about comics and pop culture. Which was your first pop culture writer credit?
The Evolution of the Dora Milaje, from comics to movie for SYFYFANGRRLS. Funny enough, it was that piece the editor at DC, Brittany Holzherr, read and thought I’d be a good fit for Nubia and the Amazons.
And how did the opportunity to write for Marvel.com come about?
Someone put me on the radar of an editor there. They loved many of the pieces I had written for SYFYFANGRRLS and thought I had a strong voice. I was flattered, to say the least, because many of those pieces were me talking about characters and stories that I found important or funny. I was doing me when I wrote them, so it’s always nice to have people respect your work when it’s you at your core.
On February 10, 2022, you tweeted that you "finally" reached out to a literary agent. What has it been like navigating and negotiating without an agent up until this point?
It’s been incredible, but I feel bad sometimes because new work has still been coming directly to me, and then I have to loop my agent in. He is the best, though, and I’m thankful to have Eric Smith as my agent. In fact, I owe him an author packet that he asked for way back in November.
Do you have goals to introduce new characters in any existing universe, one you're already writing for or one you've yet to break into?
Thankfully, I introduced a few new characters into the DCU while working on Nubia. If the opportunity presented itself to introduce any more new characters, I’d be game. I would love to write something for the Alien franchise. That’s where I’d like to introduce a new character, a Black woman, of course. Outside of that, any new characters I introduce, I want to be in the world of my creation.
What's it like to know that you're contributing to fandoms, from your own to the fandoms of others?
Surreal. It’s exciting and stressful at the same time. Fandoms are intense, but I have to remind myself that I’m a fan, too, and I care just as much.
This interview originally appeared on ThePopverse.com.