My name is Brenda Paiz. I currently reside in New Mexico, where writing is not only my hobby but my passion. Like many hobbies, I had to put my writing on hold for a few years while I dealt with the things college didn't prepare me for: overcoming addiction and living with a mental illness. The journey has been challenging but I am grateful to be where I am today and even more proud of how I got here.

I attended West Virginia University where I began to cover all topics from campus crime and technology to latest trends and music. During my five year hiatus (see resume) I struggled with addiction, mental illness and general instability - a journey that I had no idea would take years to overcome. It was during this time, however, where writing proved to be more helpful than ever as I headed toward recovery. In the years of my unpublished work, I focused on journaling, healing and documenting my recovery - a very personal experience that I now want to share.

Although I’m still in recovery - almost three years - I find that my mind and my life are finally clear of the literal and metaphorical toxins that consumed my entire being just a few years ago.

In 2016, I began work as a writer and contributing editor for a local publication in my hometown called ABQ-Live The Magazine. It was here where I was able to sharpen my skills and showcase my work as a freelance writer in Albuquerque. I quickly learned the importance of networking and building YOURSELF as a brand in order to get more freelance work.