Lya was born in Yangon, Myanmar. The child of a political scientist and a multimedia artist, she grew up in a household that encouraged critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity.
She moved to the Pacific Northwest in the eighties, becoming a part of the Seattle arts and music scene.
In the nineties, Lya opened a restaurant in Myanmar, interviewed insurgents for Human Rights Watch, and microfilmed documents at Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide in Cambodia, helping to bring war criminals to justice. She’s been an elected city council member and a dedicated environmental activist.
Global conflict zones and insurgencies offer a vivid backdrop to her stories.
Political and social upheaval often mirrors her protagonists’ personal and sometimes violent transformations. Lya Badgley lives in Snohomish, Washington.