hello there!

I’m Lydia. my favorite thing in the whole world is stringing words together into pieces of magic that didn’t exist before. I’m pretty awkward, but I’m braver than I look. I don’t like capitol letters.

what I do like are dew drops on cobwebs and black and white movies and Neverland and thunderstorms and musical theater and conversations about mental illness and art. and Oxford commas. always Oxford commas.

I’m an ISFJ living in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a hedgehog named Alice.  I love Jesus because he first loved me.

cover art copyright 2016 Rich Deas, SwoonReads.



in 2017 my debut novel, Finding You, was published by SwoonReads (Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan Publishing) and is available wherever books are sold!

Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, Isla’s only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming… If they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.



I’m a nerd when it comes to collecting quotations, so here are a few of my favorites:


“I want to escape the unrest, to shut out the voices around me and within me, and so I write.” ~Franz Kafka

“you want to cry aloud for your mistakes, but to tell the truth, the world doesn’t need any more of that sound.” ~Mary Oliver

“we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”  ~Oscar Wilde

“what I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a decent sort of fellow.”  ~A. A. Milne

“the question that often drives me hazy: am I or the others crazy?”  ~Albert Einstein

“all men dream, but not equally.  those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity.  but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.  this I did.”  T. E. Lawrence

“in our world,” said Eustace, “a star is a huge ball of flaming gas.”  “even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is, but only what it is made of.”  C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

if you want to contact me for any reason, leave a comment and I’ll email you back!






  • Emma Lee

    Hello! I followed you on Figment for years, and I especially loved your story, “Esmeralda.” I never got to finish it before you locked it. Is it possible to read it again? If not, I understand completely, I just thought I’d try and ask. Thanks again!