Thalia Lopes is a Portuguese-South African from Pretoria, born in 1995. She is a member of the Golden Key Society and assisted in the Facial Morphology research program known as ALFAH. She is currently double majoring in genetics and microbiology, at the University of Pretoria, and also enjoys studying toxicology, human physiology, pathology, and psychology. She wants to specialize in viral genetics, gene therapy, or cancer research. She wanted to become an astronomer at a young age, but later fell in love with biology.
Thalia is a black belt and Sensei that has been practicing Shotokan Karate for over fifteen years, along with several other martial arts; she is also is an ambidextrous fighter and a karate world champion. She is also an autodidact that taught herself calligraphy, origami, and painting. She used to have a strong American accent she picked up from watching Cartoon Network and South Park.
Thalia as a supportive and loving family that are the foundation for her moral compass and she thanks for her accomplishments, especially her mother. At a young age, she’s enjoyed watching old sitcoms and The Universe with her father, as well as listening to political podcasts; they often discuss politics, history, and science with each other. Her mother and aunt inspired her love for mythology, theology, music, art, and sparked her interest for the paranormal. Her older brother, Jason and his graphic novel series, the Cypren Race, inspired her to start writing her sci-fi/fantasy series, Requiem, at age thirteen. Jason also pushed Thalia to enter the first book of her series, Shadows of Carnage, to the Sera Blue writing competition and was the first person to read her first draft. The two understand and get along with each other; they share the same dark sense of humour and enjoy watching horror movies together. She is a fan of Supernatural, H.P. Lovecraft, H.R. Giger, anime, and cosplay.