Talking Story

Selected Published Works


June 2022Sharks in an Inland Sea
Collected Short Works
Hemelein Publications
Upcoming Kona's Bed
Lauele Chicken Skin Stories, Book 1
Upcoming Husk
Hawaiian Futurisms, Book 1
Upcoming Birth/Hanau
Lauele Universe Stories
Makena Press
2020Rell's Kiss
Lauele Fractured Folktales, Book 2
Makena Press
2020Pua's Kiss
Lauele Fractured Folktales, Book 1
Makena Press
2016One Boy, No Water
Niuhi Shark Saga Book 1
3rd Edition
Makena Press2017 Nene Award Nominee
(Hawaii’s Children’s Choice Award)
2013 Gold Quill Award for Children’s Literature, LUW
2013 American Book Award Nominee
2013 Whitney Award Nominee
2016One Shark, No Swim
Niuhi Shark Saga Book 2
2nd Edition
Makena Press
2016One Truth, No Lie
Niuhi Shark Saga Book 3
1st Edition
Makena Press
2013One Shark, No Swim
Niuhi Shark Saga Book 2
1st Edition
Jolly Fish Press
2012One Boy, No Water
Niuhi Shark Saga Book 1
1st & 2nd Edition
Jolly Fish Press

Short Stories

YearTitle / AnthologyPublisherAwards
Upcoming 2022“Infestation”
Snaring the Sun
Bamboo Ridge #122
Upcoming 2022“Tourists”
An Ocean of Wonder
University of Hawaii Press
Upcoming 2022“This Once Was a Sea”
Dead Stars and Stone Arches
Timber Ghost Press
Upcoming 2022“Nightwalker”
Out of Time
Timber Ghost Press
Va: Stories by Women of the Moana
Tatou Publishing
Va: Stories by Women of the Moana
Tatou Publishing
2022“Close Encounters”
Va: Stories by Women of the Moana
Tatou Publishing
2021“Persona Non Grata”
Wastach Witches
Fear Knocks Press
2021“Cardinal Alignment”
Thrive 125
Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement
Dialogue 54, #2
Dialogue Magazine / Mormon Lit BlitzFinalist
They Walk Among Us
Forty-Two Books
Grifty Shades of Fey
Fiction Vortex
Apocalypse: Utah
Griffin Press 2018 Silver Quill Award
2016“Nightwalker”Sick Pilgrim
It Came from the Great Salt Lake
Griffin Press
2015“The Mermaid's Tale”
True Heroes
Shadow Mountain Press
Secrets and Doors
Crimson Edge Press
Old Scratch and Owl Hoots
Griffin Press
Mystery in Paradise
Sisters in Crime Hawaii3rd Place Speculative Fiction, LUW
2011“Sniff”Wasatch Press1st Place Short Story

Essays & Articles

2021"Favorite Pacific Islander Books for AAPI Heritage Month"Apartment Therapy
2019"From Icebergs to Lotuses"Writing and Illustrating for Young ReadersGuest Post
2018"Scrubbing Jesus' Toilets"Mormon Lit Blitz2018 Finalist
2018"Table for Two"FictoriansFeatured Article
2017"Cream Kickers"Superstars Writing SeminarsFull Scholarship
2017"Hawaiian on the Inside"The New EngagementFeatured Article
2017"Disney's Moana, Mono-myths, & Cultural Appropriation"Association for Mormon LettersFeatured Article
2016"Lighthouses"LDSPPAFull Scholarship
2015"Gilding the Lily"Mormon Lit Blitz2015 Finalist


2021Akela in the ParkHonolulu Theatre for Youth
2018Niuhi Shark SagaHonolulu Theatre for YouthAdaption based on The Nihui Shark Saga


2014RedMakena Press


2017"The Champion"Immortal Works


2013Growing Up Hawaiian: A CollectionMakena Press3rd Place, LUW

Fairy Tale Ink Collections

2018Fractured Sea
Pua's Kiss
Fairy Tale Ink #3
Tork Media
2018Fractured Slipper
Rell Goes Hawaiian
Fairy Tale Ink #2
Tork Media
2017Fractured Beauty
Nani's Kiss

Fairy Tale Ink #1
Tork Media


Release DateTitle/Working TitlePublisherDescription
In progressBirth / Hanau
A Nuihi Shark Saga Prequel
A Lauele Universe Story
Makena PressA two-part novella about the day Uncle Kahana and 'Ilima found Zader.
In progressNiuhi Shark Saga AudobooksTBDAudiobooks of The Niuhi Shark Saga Trilogy
In progressWhere I'm From: Poetry from The Kamehameha Middle Schools, Kea'au CampusMakena PressCollection of poems from the Lehua Writing Academy workshops.
In progressUntitled Christmas StoryTBDChildren's Picture Book


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When you’re allergic to water,
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even out of the water,
you’re not safe.

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about Zader is a  lie.