"Justin is probably in a cafe somewhere on the island of Oahu, editing a magical story."

Justin Ho (he/him) is a writer who grew up in Hawaii but spent most of his time in online worlds. Now a bit more grounded, he’s currently pursuing traditional publishing, keeping up with YA releases, and learning Korean (code for watching too much TOMORROW X TOGETHER and BTS content).

He loves helping other writers hone their craft, particularly in creating accurately-represented characters. He holds a bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies—Cultural Awareness in Storytelling—and he recognizes the importance of mindfulness in a manuscript. He learned advanced developmental editing at the EFA, and has worked with NYT bestselling authors as a sensitivity reader. While editing, he promises kindness, honesty, and a bit of swooning mixed in.

Justin grew up on YA novels and loves speculative and contemporary stories. He’s interested in expanding genres and would love to read almost anything. Diversity in stories is also a huge passion of his.

Justin’s favorite authors are Marie Lu and Leigh Bardugo, and some of his favorite books include PICTURE US IN THE LIGHT, SIX OF CROWS, LEGEND, and ILLUMINAE.

  Sensitivity / Expert

  • Chinese American
  • Christian
  • LGBTQ+ community
  • Schizoaffective Disorder (Bipolar Type 1 + Schizophrenia)
  • Interpersonal, institutional, and internalized homophobia
  • Growing up in a Christian school
  • Growing up in Hawaii
  • Inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment
  • Gaming community experience
  • Stan culture (Pop stars, One Direction, K-pop)
  • Fan fiction reader and writer

 Preferred Genres

Contemporary  Sci-Fi  Fantasy 

 Avoided Genres

Horror  Gore  Erotica 

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