Writing is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do in my life. The next best thing would be running a home for rescued animals. After that, I wouldn’t mind owning a pretzel shop or an empanada truck. Back to writing… I’ve been writing short stories, poetry, and novels since I was a child. My teachers used to read my work aloud in class and it embarrassed me, but I also liked it. I still feel that way about writing. Sharing my work is scary, but exciting.
So far, I’ve written three middle grade novels: Gaby, Lost and Found, which was named Best Youth Chapter book by the International Latino Book Awards and a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of 2014. I’m only mentioning the award and recognition because students always ask me about it. My second middle-grade novel, Allie, First At Last, was released by Scholastic in Spring 2016 and received a starred-review from Kirkus.
My third novel, Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring will be released by Scholastic in March 2018. It’s my first time writing a mystery novel. Read more about it here: Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring. I’m also happy to announce that I adapted Disney-Pixar’s new animated movie about Día De Las Muertos, Coco, into a junior novelization to be released on October 10, 2017. Woo hoo!
I’m super proud of the novels I’ve written because they’re exactly the type of books I would have enjoyed when I was a child. If you want to read a more “official” author bio, please click here. 🙂
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