When I was a young girl, my grandfather would look me in the eye and say, “You don’t know what it’s like to be hungry.” Later, I learned that he had narrowly survived the Dutch Famine during WWII, and that he and his mother stole jam from the backs of moving Nazi trucks to survive. Their stories haunted me and were the inspiration and springboard for my earliest childhood writing endeavors.
Since then, I went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English-Creative Writing with a minor in Biology. After college, I entered the publishing industry, serving many roles including assistant editor for business textbooks. I also took Advanced Fiction Writing at The New School.
In my spare time–when I’m not writing–I shamelessly consume science fiction and fantasy in all forms: books, graphic novels, movies, television. I also enjoy dabbling in watercolors and going hiking with my husband and our dog.
My latest sci-fi short story “Joy (Unplugged)” was published in Metaphorosis Magazine in August 2020. It was also featured in the Metaphorosis: Best of 2020 anthology publication.
For more information or updates, find me on Twitter via @bcvantol.