I was born in El Paso, Texas on July 6th, 1988, along with a twin sibling. I lived with my sibling Chris, my younger sister Alyssa, and my parents Ann and James Brillante in El Paso for ten years. The earliest recollection I have of writing is writing plays with my siblings to act out for our family and certain neighbors.
When I was in fifth grade, my parents separated. Mom, my siblings and I and our dog Jamoka moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico to live with my grandmother Faye.
My writing interest began in high school thanks to encouragement from an AmeriCorps teacher named Sara Benincasa (you can check out her work here).
I graduated from Alma d’arte Charter High School in 2007 after writing a one-man play about Edgar Allan Poe (to be performed one day). I then enrolled at New Mexico State University (Go Aggies!) and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors in Individualized Studies.
I began working at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch History Museum in 2016 as a tour guide/event help and just recently began working as an assistant to the educational curator at the Branigan Cultural Center.
I started freelancing back in 2016 and began writing for the Ink Newspaper in 2018.
When I’m not writing, I’m usually reading anything I can find, watching TV with my family (or by myself), watching films (animated and classic ones especially), making YouTube videos, playing video games on my Xbox One, playing chess (which I’m okay at) and practicing hap ki do.
I also enjoy playing with my dogs Luna and Wishbone.
And because I have a twin, I get mistaken for them a lot of times, and vice versa.
In 2017 I went back to school and enrolled in NMSU/DACC’s Creative Media Technology program to become a filmmaker and earn my associate’s in digital filmmaking.