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I’m Monica.

I’m a writer and lifelong learner. I earned my BA in English from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. I will complete my Creative Writing Practice-based PhD with Royal Holloway in 2022.

My research explores the intersection of maternity and female bodily autonomy, with a focus on the representation of non-maternal women in literature. My own writing centers on women who do not desire children and reveals the many painful repercussions of both cultural and legal enforcement of motherhood.

I’ve written two novels and am currently seeking representation to publish my debut. Both were borne of my interest in fertility rights and children’s well-being, as well as the often misunderstood “maternal instinct.” The Marriage Amendment was longlisted in the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize and runner-up in the Borough Press open submission competition. It is about a world in which the Mother Law requires all women to have a birth control implant from menstruation until they meet government rules. All the Questions That Remain tracks the unraveling of a relationship between a young woman and her three daughters, and explores what it means to be a mother.

I am from Washington, D.C., but now reside in London with my partner and dog, Dojo. The oldest of six girls, I travel back to the U.S. as often as possible to visit.