Tinabot is a writer and educator. Her debut novel The Legend of Phoenix Mountain is a teenage American kung fu romance inspired by eastern philosophy, Asian mythology, video games, anime, and martial arts movies. She has written for Asian Week as a columnist. She received her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, her M.A. from Claremont Graduate University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She has taught as a public school teacher and college professor and currently runs her own authentic literacy development clinic, The Literacy Guild LLC. Aside from reading and writing, she enjoys watching movies, supporting local musicians, swimming, karaoke, and martial arts.