Lena is a writer of speculative fiction and fantasy. She was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and has studied writing all over the world---including at Stanford, Brown, Harvard, and UCLA. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Cornell University, where she also taught as a lecturer of English, leading classes on creative writing, composition, comparative literature, and cultural studies.
Lena's career has been dedicated to writing. Along with lecturing and teaching, she has worked as a researcher of science fiction; a literary novel judge; a creative consultant; a copy editor; a developmental editor; a game developer and writer; and an assistant editor of the literary publication EPOCH. Her science fiction has won several awards.
Lena recently finished work on her first and forthcoming science fiction novel, WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE: a post-apocalyptic space mystery featuring a misanthropic psychologist and her android companions as they voyage on a haunted spaceship. WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE will be published by DAW Books and Penguin Random House in 2021.
Lena's next project is to design, write, and code a full-length interactive fantasy novel, as well as finish her new speculative wasteland adventure: an assassin's desert romp that lies somewhere between the realms of Mad Max and X-Men.