Hi! I’m Justina.

Storytelling runs in my blood. After all, my middle name means illuminate, which is what story does: it throws light on life. I’m honored that my debut novel, Nothing but the Truth (and a Few White Lies), won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Youth Literature, and North of Beautiful was named one of the Best Books of the Year by Kirkus Reviews and was a finalist for nine state book awards. I can’t wait to share my forthcoming novel, Lovely, Dark, and Deep, which will be published in Spring, 2018. Other than writing, I’m also the co-founder of the Upstart Agency and a story strategist to leaders. While my house may be in Seattle, I feel at ease wherever I go so long as I have my coconut black tea, journal, and pen.

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Lovely, Dark, and Deep

Lovely, Dark, and Deep

North of Beautiful

North of Beautiful

Return to Me

Return to Me

Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies)

Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies)

A Blind Spot for Boys

A Blind Spot for Boys

Girl Overboard

Girl Overboard

Speaking

Justina speaks regularly at schools and book festivals about writing, diversity, and leadership. Many schools like to bring Justina to speak to students during the day and the parent community and school leaders in the evening about leadership communications. As well, Justina keynotes conferences and conducts popular storytelling workshops for companies and organizations as diverse as Microsoft, Disney, ConEdison, Mayo Clinic, Johns Manville, and more. Learn more about having Justina speak at your event.

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