Trisha L. Renken-Sebastian (aka Trisha Lynn) has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember. Encouraged by her various English teachers in junior high and high school in southern California, she dove deep into literature at California State University Fullerton and emerged with a Bachelors degree in English and a deep love of sestinas. It was also during her time at CSUF that she fell hard into the anime and comics fanfiction-writing fandoms, spending many hours in the basement of the humanities building corresponding and collaborating with writers all across the United States and beyond.
After college, Renken-Sebastian decided to hone her interviewing skills by creating her own website (From the Spotlight!), which featured interviews with anime and comics fanfiction authors about their own work and their philosophies. This lead to an invitation to write for Sequential Tart, a monthly webzine staffed and edited entirely by female geeks. An associate editor for the anime section, she was able to conduct interviews with anime and manga creators, which led to a short stint as the assistant editor for Wizard: Anime Insider in New York.
A long and winding road as an executive assistant through the worlds of luxury real estate, rehabilitation centers, family law, and an indie video game startup led Renken-Sebastian to the world of nonprofit organizations where beginning in 2016, she worked at Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota as the administrative assistant for the programs in their Metro Youth and Family Services department. Her work gained her a deeper understanding of how storytelling can not just entertain, but can also help vulnerable people gain access to the community services they need to improve their lives. Coupled with her volunteer work as the co-head of the Invited Participants department for the CONvergence science fiction/fantasy convention in Minneapolis and her years as an assistant and head election judge for the City of Minneapolis, Renken-Sebastian’s dreams were re-invigorated and she decided to switch her career goals towards the community development and nonprofit organization disciplines.
Now in British Columbia, Renken-Sebastian is finishing a Masters degree in Community Development at the University of Victoria where she hopes to eventually work in either the provincial government or a nonprofit organization to help young people of color find their way safely in the world.